Asserting that no government at the Centre has been as clean as the BJP-led NDA regime, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Sunday said that the non-BJP ruled states must ensure that people reap benefits of the schemes launched by the Union Government.
“In the last two years we have seen that no Central government has been as clean as this government. It is completely clean because our leadership is clean and the government is clean, and we are very categorical that we are a government in a democratic set up and we must be transparent and we must be accountable for every penny we spend for the people of this country,” Rijiju, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, told reporters.
He said in a country of 1.2 billion people, each ministry runs so many multiple programmes which are always prone to corruption and some kind of dereliction of duty.
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“Two years back, the corridors of power were full of brokers and middlemen. Today, you will not find a single broker or middleman loitering around or moving in corridors of South Block and North Block,” he said.
“We have delivered in last two years to the people of India and in the next three years, the remaining period of our government, we will transform the art of governance,” he added. BJP is the only political party today which has spread the message of good governance across the country.
“Our government, in last two years has achieved the feat (of doing so many things) in a short span of time. But, unfortunately, in non-BJP ruled states the benefits are not reaching directly to the people,” Rijiju claimed.
The Union Minister said the Prime Minister is round-the-clock churning out programmes and policies for the benefit of people and the down-trodden and is continuously monitoring developmental programmes and works across the country.
“When we visit various locations in different states, we realise that all those states which are ruled by BJP are quick in receiving the funds and executing the projects and reaching the benefit for the people.”
“But, in non-BJP ruled states, they are not quick enough in making the people get the benefit of the great people-oriented programmes launched by the Central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Rijiju said.
“We would like to appeal to the people of Telangana that we believe in democracy and good governance. Every penny we send from the Centre must reach to the people and if the government of the day is unable to spend money for the people, then people must raise their voice,” he said.
Further adding that various schemes launched by the Centre must reach to the people, Rijiju said the only method to make it happen is that the state governments must deliver.
“The Constitutional provisions speak about federal structure of this country and we believe in cooperative federalism. We do not want to encroach upon the rights of the state government and we will not encroach on the jurisdiction of the state government. We would like to appeal that the good (works) done by the Centre must reach to the people,” he said.
Talking about the the 41st anniversary of the Emergency, Rijiju said, “Emergency is one such occasion we cannot forget. We are opposed to any kind of personality cult or dynastic politics. We are opposed to concentration of power to one individual because that leads to dictatorship. That is what happened 41 years back.”
“The then Prime Minister (Indira Gandhi) became dictator of this great nation and everything was suspended. All freedom and all fundamental rights were suspended. We need to remind our younger generation also about this,” he added.