The BSP on Friday urged Governor B L Joshi to take appropriate steps to save the sovereignty of Panchayati Raj institutions in the state,alleging that the SP government was diverting funds meant for the panchayats to Lohia Gram Scheme.
BSP general secretary and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Swami Prasad Maurya said the government had issued a letter to Additional Chief Executive Officers of all district panchayats in July directing them to link all the habitats and villages with the connecting roads so that later these roads could be showcased as an outcome of Lohia Gram Scheme. Panchayat bodies are elected bodies that prepare their own development plan and execute it,but the state government is stepping over their rights,Maurya added.
Speaking to mediapersons,Maurya said the Panchayati Raj Department has halted all the development works and not giving financial and administrative sanction to the proposals of zila panchayats. He said a total of Rs 4.29 crore allocated in March and Rs 4.29 crore in August have been lying useless. Only works worth Rs 1 crore have been sanctioned for Azamgarh zila panchayat, he added.
He also accused the government of stalling all the works under Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) scheme in the garb of a so-called inquiry. While the central government has given Rs 635.38 crore for 34 districts of the state,no work has started for utilising the fund,Maurya said adding that if the funds will not be utilised by December this year,the state will not be able to get next years share from the Centre under the scheme on time.