Renuka alleges state govt ''indifferent'' to welfare schemes

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Kanpur, Jun 28 (UNI) Stressing upon the proper implementation of public welfare schemes, Union Women Welfare and Child Development Minister Renuka Choudhary today said benefits of Centre's development schemes were not reaching the general public as the state governments were ''indifferent'' towards them.

Ms Choudhary, who was here to attend a function, told mediapersons that the Centre had asked the state governments, including Uttar Pradesh, to give detailed reports regarding the implementation of development and welfare schemes.

On being asked about the sensational Aarushi murder case, the minister said Noida and Delhi police had not played a fair role in the case, however, the CBI was doing a good job.

She also condemned the irresponsible attitude of IG (Meerut zone) Gurbachan Singh for calling the teenager ''characterless'' and demanded UP Chief Minister Mayawati to take stringent action against such officials.

Over a possible alliance of the Congress with the Samajwadi Party, Ms Choudhary said negotiations and discussions with political parties is a normal procedure in democratic setup. ''We beleive in considering everyone and all,'' she added.

Over the spiralling inflation, the minister said prices had increased at international level, hence hike was expected in India, however, considering the people of lower strata, domestic gas price was hiked by onlyRs 50, whereas kerosene price was not touched upon, she underlined.

Lauding the efforts of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram, she said, ''They have done appreciable work to economically uplift the country and their each step was for the best of the public.'' UNI PDM SKB UCS2029

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