Raipur: The order issued by state government to deposit the entire amount of all the MLAs fund in the Chief Minister's Relief Fund for use in Covid vaccination, has received a strong reaction from the opposition party.
The state government has issued an order to deposit the entire amount of all the MLAs in the Chief Minister's Assistance Fund for use in Covid vaccination programme for people above 18 years. The Congress MLAs has already given their principle consent to this decision of the government. However, BJP MLAs have questioned the order issued by the state.
Leader of Opposition in the Chhattisgarh legislative assembly Dharamlal Kaushik has written letter to chief minister Bhupesh Baghel asking how the MLAs will work in their area if the entire amount from MLA is taken to use for Covid vaccination. He alleged that the decision has been taken without taking the opposition in confidence. He said that the MLAs will not be able to help people in their areas if they deposit whole amount to CM Relief Fund. According to BJP, MLA funds should be used for legislative purposes.
Congress National Secretary and Parliamentary Secretary Vikas Upadhyay retaliated on BJP's allegation that politics should not be done at such a time. He questioned the BJP leaders' determination regarding vaccination. At the same time, he also asked for an answer as to why the BJP leaders did not object when Prime Minister Narendra Modi cut the MP fund.
Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh government has decided to provide free of cost vaccination for which the government is arranging funds. For vaccination, the state government will need about Rs 1,000 crore. In such a situation, the amount of MLA fund of 90 MLAs of the state—Rs 2 crore each—will be deposited in the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. At the same time, the government has more than Rs 400 crores of cess and about Rs 400 crores of DMF and disaster management is available.