Shillong: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is a part of the National People’s Party (NPP)-led ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA), has accused the state government of “feeding wrong information” to the Central Government on implementation of the Central Schemes.
“Initiatives taken by the Central Government to reach out to the poor and needy remains a farfetched dream due to failure of the State mechanism which failed to deliver the schemes to the beneficiaries,” BJP vice president , Bernard Marak, who is also an elected member of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council.
“The Farmer’s Card is one such failure where the actual farmers are deprived of this scheme whereas those people whose
names have been forwarded by the political workers of the ruling party get approved. In job cards, the accounts of the beneficiaries are not updated to the Centre stating that the job card holders have no accounts and do not use mobiles,” Marak said.
Alleging that the wages are not paid to the villagers in full and the blocks keep blaming the Centre for nonpayment of the wages, the BJP leader said, “The ‘zero’ balance account of the women did not get any benefit till today. Same with old age pensioners, widow pensioners etc. BJP’s initiative to support the poor and the weak has been made into a mere dream to the people in general.”
“Jal Jeevan Mission has failed to reach every household and connection of running water has turned into a joke in most villages. Approved pipes disappeared and were replaced by the plastic pipes in many places,” the party leader alleged against its own government.
“In Tura, the Tura Water Supply Scheme also failed to supply running water to the city folks and there is much difficulty in getting sufficient water. Chief Minister should deliver the schemes to the genuine beneficiaries instead of making media hype. If debated, the Chief Minister will find himself in a very awkward position,” the senior BJP leader maintained.