Dehradun: Asking party leaders to regard
politics as a tool for social and economic uplift of the
downtrodden, BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Friday said state
governments should ensure that schemes for the weaker sections
are "transparent" and "free from corruption".
Launching the "Atal Khaddyanna Yojana" which envisages
providing wheat at the rate of Rs 2 per kg while rice at Rs. 3
per kg, Gadkari said it would benefit around 30 lakh people in
Uttarakhand and has a potential to emerge as a "model" scheme
for other states.
"If you are in politics, your aim should not be just
to become an MLA, a Minister or a Chief Minister. Instead you
should aim at eradicating poverty and providing each and every
person with food, clothing and a shelter," he said.
Gadkari said the governments should ensure that such
schemes are "leak proof". "There should be complete
transparency and no corruption should be tolerated."
The scheme, launched from 27 different centres in
the state on the death anniversary of Bhartiya Jana
Sangh ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya, covers both the
categories of the Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty
Gadkari said that his party regarded politics as a
"tool" for social and economic uplift of the downtrodden.
"Our agriculture minister says that foodgrains worth
around Rs 58,000 crore rot every year in godowns. If this is
the case why then the foodgrains are not distributed among the
poor who need it the most," said the BJP chief.
Even if the country is fast developing, the survey
reports of Planning Commission "are disappointing. Almost 50
per cent of population survives on a meagre income which is
even below Rs 90 per day while food inflation is rising at
staggering 18 per cent thus forcing people to take their own
lives due to poverty and hunger," Gadkari said.