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SPCC alleges non-implementation of Central schemes in Sikkim

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Gangtok, apr 4 (UNI) The Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee (SPCC) today alleged the people of the state were suffering as the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) government had failed to implement a number of Central government schemes here.

''We have told visiting Union Minister for Urban Employment and Poverty Allevation Kumari Selja in a memorandum that the state government has not yet implemented many Central schemes including the Right to Informaction Act 2005, National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme here,'' SPCC spokesman Kunga Nima Lepcha said.

Mr Lepcha said the government was yet to publish the BPL list which led to ''non-implementation'' of various poverty allevation programmes in the state.

Ms Selja, who arrived here on May 2 on a a threeday visit, had been in the state party office and interacted with the workers here last night before leaving for New Delhi this morning.

Mr Lepcha said the Union Minister gave a patient hearing to the allegations and assured to take appropriate and positive actions.

Meanwhile, in a statement SPCC president and former chief minister Nar Bahadur Bhandari demanded resigation of the state Panchayat Raj and Human Resources ministers after Chief Minister Pawan Chamling admitted corruption and mal-administration in these two departments.

He said the ministers should resign owning responsibility and accountability for the corruption and maladministration prevailing in their departments.

Citing an example, Mr Bhandari alleged that the posts of science teachers were filled with general graduates which crippled the educational aspirations of the students.

The Congress leader said the Chief Minister had publicly castigated the ministers and bureacucrats during his May Day speech.

Mr Bhandari said the Chief Minister's dismay and anger was an indication of his government's failure, lack of responsibility and absence of accountability by those who wield power in the state and sunk the government into total chaos, he said.

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