Local MP and former Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Sunday said that 50 per cent of the Chandigarh residents would benefit from the food security Bill,which was passed by Lok Sabha last week. He said the scheme would cover three times the number of people below the poverty line.
A rally was held at Congress Bhawan,Sector 35,organised by the colony cell.
Bansal assured the residents that 8,400 of the 25,000 houses would be handed over to the beneficiaries this month under the rehabilitation scheme. He said the UPA government had taken many landmark decisions during its term,with the recent being the land acquisition Bill and the food security Bill despite many hurdles created by the BJP.
He added that the Congress had earlier brought several schemes for the needy,like the Right to Education (RTE) and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and Right to Information for transparency in government works.
B B Bahl,president of Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC),criticised the BJP for raising irrelevant issues,but Congress was still performing well. He also welcomed the leaders who joined the party and assured them that they would get due respect and regard. He also said that the Congress party would comfortably win the forthcoming Parliament elections,in Chandigarh.
BSP leader joins Cong
BSP leader S M Khan joined the Congress at the rally on Sunday. He was,earlier in the day,expelled from the BSP,with party president Jagir Singh issuing a statement saying Khan had not attended any meeting for the past one year,adding,he was working against the party interest and was involved anti-party activities for a long time.