An inquiry will be ordered into the alleged corruption in allocation of houses under the Kanshiram Shahri Awas Yojana,Urban Development Minister Azam Khan told the Assembly on Monday. Such houses occupied by undeserving people will also be vacated,he added.
The scheme,under which houses were to be given free of cost to homeless urban poor,was launched by the Mayawati government. As many as 50 per cent of the beneficiaries were scheduled caste and scheduled tribes.
Khan alleged that many allottees had rented out the houses as they owned palatial houses. The government would not only get such houses vacated,but also lodge FIRs against such people.
He also said there had been a scandal in the construction of toilets in Rampur under a government scheme and that work was given to an organisation run by the wife of a government officer in violation of rules. An FIR had been lodged and the culprits were evading arrest,he said.
Toilets worth Rs 3 crore were not constructed and the money was embezzled. We will put the culprits behind bars for cheating the poor, the minister said Khan,who is also Minister of Minority Welfare,said the Samajwadi Party government has increased the budgetary provisions for the department 81 per cent over the allocations made by the previous government.
Alleging that the BSP government had purposely delayed implementation of schemes,especially those regarding upgradation of madarsas,he said the SP government has decided to give special focus to minority education and,therefore,schemes like financial assistance to girls belonging to BPL Muslim families had been introduced.
When Peace Party chief Mohammad Ayub suggested that that the name of Minority Welfare Department should be changed to Muslim Suraksha Vikas Vibhag,the SP MLAs raised objections. One of the SP MLAs alleged that Peace Party had taken money while distributing tickets in the recent Assembly elections. When Ayub protested,Khan told him he should be patient enough to accept the reality. Order was restored after the Speaker intervened.