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AIUDF MLA urges steps against Rakibul

Guwahati, Dec. 17: AIUDF legislator Sherman Ali Ahmed today submitted a letter to Assam Assembly Speaker Pranab Gogoi with a plea to initiate a breach of privilege motion against panchayat minister Rakibul Hussain for allegedly providing false and misleading information in replies to questions asked by the House.

Ahmed told The Telegraph that he had been asking Hussain questions through the House about alleged anomalies and financial irregularities committed in allotment of haats (markets) and ferry ghat by Barpeta zilla parishad for the past one and half years.

“But there are grounds to believe that the information provided by Hussain were false and misleading. Such information had misled the House and thus Hussain has committed an offence. I have requested the Speaker to initiate breach of privilege motion against the state panchayat minister,” Ahmed said.

Ahmed submitted another letter to Gogoi alleging that the Assam government has failed to implement the Prime Minister’s 15-point programme in the state for the development of minorities.

For example, the programme lays stress on earmarking a certain percentage of the physical and financial targets under Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) for the poor beneficiaries from minority communities living in rural areas. But a reply to an un-starred Assembly question on March 16, 2012, revealed that only 15 per cent of the total physical targets under IAY were earmarked for 35 per cent minorities in Assam during 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12, he said.

Ahmed said though the guidelines for the programme clearly states that priority must be given to minority-concentrated areas in implementation of various development schemes, many schemes with huge financial involvement under the same programme were sanctioned in areas with low minority concentration.

For example, Rs 319.16 lakh was sanctioned for the construction of boys’ and girls’ hostels at ITI in Barpeta where only 40 per cent were minority students. Ahmed said no fund was sanctioned to several schools with 100 per cent minority enrolment in the same Barpeta district.

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