Vijay Inder Singla,Congress MP from Sangrur,on Friday urged the Centre to conduct an inquiry into the diversion of funds by the SAD-BJP government from the centrally-sponsored APL (Above Poverty Line) programme to run the atta-dal scheme in Punjab.
Singla said it was a matter of shame that the SAD-BJP government had diverted several crores it received from the Centre to run a similar scheme to provide succor to poor under the atta-dal scheme. He said a recent report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had revealed this diversion.
He added that the government had received subsidised atta (flour) from the Centre,which it had used to provide the beneficiaries of the their scheme. He further said that it was ironical that the government had first reduced and later even defaulted on distributing pulses as part of the scheme. This happened because the pulses were to be purchased by the state government, Singla said.
Accusing the SAD-BJP government of adopting double standards,the Congress leader said that while on the one hand the government had way laid a central scheme and made it its own,on the other hand it was not announcing the implementation of the Food Security Act,which would bring needy persons under the welfare programme.
The MP also appealed to Pradesh Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa to lead a state wide campaign to demand immediate implementation of the Food Security Act.