Gujarat govt not implementing Central schemes: Solanki

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Ahmedabad, Oct 25 (UNI) Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Bharatsinh Solanki today accused the Narendra Modi government of showing lethargy in implementing Central welfare schemes.

Central grants have not been fully utilised and need to be returned, Mr Solanki said while speaking to reporters here today.

Citing an example, Mr Solanki alleged that the state government had failed to implement the Centre's Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and had to refund the Central grants made available under the scheme.

Likewise, the state government was unable to implement effectively the Centre's mid-day meal scheme for primary school children, he claimed.

Mr Solanki said during 2005-06, there were 82.67 lakh children in primary schools but only 37.57 lakh had received benefit under the mid-day meal scheme.

In Amreli and Banaskantha districts, many ''Dalit'' children were forced to bring their own plates for the mid-day meals and made to sit separately. They were also asked to bring water from their homes, and, the food served was often unedible with insects and stones in it, he claimed. He referred particularly to Navsari, Dangs and Bharuch where, he said, the food served was of sub-standard quality.

Mr Solanki further added that in over 61 per cent of the villages, the foodgrains meant to be distributed under the PDS were instead diverted to the black market.

The BJP government in the state has always been accusing the Centre of being unjust on Gujarat, but the fact is that the Modi government is not utilising the Central funds properly, he charged.

UNI

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