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Gogoi lying on Central funds, says RTI activist

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  30 Jan 2016 12:00 AM GMT

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 29: RTI activist Dulal Bora has accused Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi of lying on the release of Central funds and giving the people of the State a false sense of development to have been achieved during his 15-rule in the State.

Talking to newsmen in the city today, Bora said: “Gogoi has realized the fact that the Centre has been deceiving Assam only now, with the change of guards at the Centre. According to information received by me from the State Fince Department, from June 1, 2014 to November 31, 2015, the Centre released Rs 19,276.45 crore to Dispur. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, however, doesn’t make any mention of receiving this amount of funds in any of his speeches.” According to Bora, Rs 19,276.45 crore includes Rs 771.33 crore relased against the tiol Rural Drinking Water Supply Scheme in fiscal 2014-15 and Rs 135.44 crore in the current fiscal in June, Rs 187.67 crore in June and Rs 6.53 crore in July this year. “Can Gogoi say how many people of Assam are supplied with potable water with this funds?” Bora questioned.

Bora further said: “This apart, in 2015 the Centre released Rs 827.94 crore under the tiol Health Mission from June 2014 to March; Rs 32.31 crore in May, Rs 32.31 crore in June, Rs 550.85 crore in August, Rs 42.51 crore in September and Rs 0.09 crore in November in 2015. Can the Chief Minister say what has he done with these funds? If Gogoi feels that he has been ruling a pack of fools in the State, he is mistaken.”

For the control and awareness on AIDS, according to Bora, the Centre released Rs 20.01 crore from June 2014 to March 2015 and Rs 6.79 crore from April to November, 2015. “However, AIDS patients in Assam don’t get free-of-cost medicines and treatment,” Bora said, and added: “In fiscal 2014-2015 the State Rural Development Department received Rs 1,900 crore from June to March and Rs 1730.41 crore in fiscal 2015-16 till November. The people of Assam know it very well what rural development is in the State.”

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