Uproar over illegal mining, PM Awas Scheme in House
   Date :10-Feb-2024

PM Awas Scheme in House 
By Bhavana ‘Aparajita’
On the third day of Budget Session of 16th Assembly, Opposition strongly raised the issue of illegal mining and financial discrepancies under Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana. Amid the din, Speaker Narendra Singh Tomar took up the listed business of the House and two hours discussion on the supplementary budget. Discussion on supplementary budget, Ladli Bahna Scheme, mounting debt on State’s financial condition and announcement of Bharat Ratna to Former Prime Ministers late P V Narasimha Rao, late Chaudhari Charan Singh and M S Swaminathan. Earlier, citing Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report’s findings, Congress leader Hemant Katare said “the report has exposed the rampant corruption practices in the State. Government’s much-hyped and most publicised scheme Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana is under the scanner. Extent of corruption is so large, several ineligible people have been given benefit of the scheme. In the name of action when an untoward incident occurred, the State Government is running the business of transfer and posting”, he alleged.
BJP leader and Minister Narendra Shivaji and MLA Rameshwar Sharma termed the CAG report not true (although both of them have not seen the report). Minister said “Congress’ habit is to level charges.” Taking part in supplementary budget discussion, as Rs 30,265 crore supplementary budget was presented on Thursday, senior Congress leader Ram Niwas Rawat stated that the debt of the State Government is increasing year after year. Fiscal deficit is soaring in the State. On the illegal mining issue, Congress MLA Suresh Raje alleged that under the nose of the Government, business of illegal mining is flourishing.
In how many incidents of illegal mining in 2022-23, action have been taken? Replying to the question, State Minister Dilip Ahirwal said that there were 48 complaints received regarding the same, 28 cases have been registered. electronic toll gates will be installed so that vigilance and timely action on such activities could be taken. Senior BJP leader and Minister for Housing and Urban administration, Kailash Vijayvargiya also assured about stringent action against culprits of illegal mining. Members of ruling party and opposition squabbled over the announcement of the Bharat Ratna award to former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya said that BJP under the Prime Ministership of Narendra Modi is fair enough to acknowledge the contribution of our leaders irrespective of party politics. Countering the former, Congress leader said that it is Congress only who had chosen P V Narasimha Rao as Prime Minister.