Updated: August 16, 2021 8:32:43 pm
The Jan Ashwirwad Yatra of newly-inducted BJP ministers in the Union Cabinet began Monday amid official apathy by the state government and ruckus by BJP workers. One minister slammed the district officials of Palghar for “insulting Adivasis”.
Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Bharati Pawar said, “I am visiting far-flung areas of the district to find out whether central schemes are reaching them or not. At one health centre in Palghar, I found that there was no sign of the 90 ventilators provided by the central government.
However, when I wanted to know the reason, the district officials were not able to answer my queries.”
She said when she called up the district collector and sought to know why he was not present, he cited “protocol” as the reason. “He said it does not fit in the official protocol. This is nothing but an insult of adviasis by officials,” she said.
The minister’s personal assistant said there was no water available at the Palghar rest house. “The minister had to wait for 45 minutes to get water to drink and freshen up,” he said.
In Beed district, where another minister, Bhagwat Karad, began his Jan Ashirwad Yatra, BJP workers raised slogans in support of Pankaja Munde: “Pankaja Munde aamdar, baki sub angar-bhangar”.
Munde pulled up the workers and asked them to change their slogans. “What kind of slogan is this? Change the slogan to Gopinath Munde Amar Rahe…” she said.
The Jan Ashirwad Yatra has been planned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to introduce the new central ministers to the people, since they could not be introduced in the Parliament during the monsoon session due to disruption caused by the Opposition.
On July 7, 36 new ministers were inducted into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s council of ministers and seven junior ministers were promoted to Independent or Cabinet roles. Four ministers from Maharashtra, Narayan Rane, Dr Bharati Pawar, Dr Bhagwat Karad and Kapil Patil, were inducted in the ministry in July.
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