By Sanjay Pahwa, Chandigarh: All the senior leaders and activists of the Punjab Pradesh congress filed applications under the right to information act in all the district headquarters of Punjab today. Stating the move as the program given by Sh Rahul Gandhi, Gen sec (AICC), S Ravnit Singh Bittu MP (Sri Anandpur Saahib) said that this is being done on the directions of Sh Rahul Gandhi and the senior leaders of Indian youth congress. The congress party actually wants to tell the people of Punjab that for the last four years what the present Shiromani Akali Dal Badal and BJP led coalition government has done for them. The application filed under the RTI will only ask the concerned authorities to give the detail of exact amount of money which Punjab government claims to be spending on various welfare and development works from 01-01-2007 but actually the money was derived from the schemes initiated by the union government of India. What was the contribution of the state government in different schemes which were given to the people of Punjab by the UPA led government at the centre? How many schemes had to be forfeited due to non availability of the funds by the state government? How much and in which area were the funds diverted to benefit some section of people or constituency which is politically motivated, which were supposed to be spent in these schemes.
After filing the RTI application at the office of deputy commissioner Mohali S Ravnit Singh Bittu said as soon as we receive the reply under the RTI act we will make a compilation of all the replies and then take those facts to the people of Punjab to judge and decide that who has done what for the state in the last four years. Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister and S Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab by releasing full page advertisements are just befooling the people of Punjab by eyeing on the coming vidhan sabha elections which are due by February 2012. Both the badal duo want to play the development card by taking the credit of all those central government schemes which are funded by the UPA government at the centre. There are numerous schemes which are started by the union government specially designed to benefit the common man or the aam aadmi like national rural health mission, Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan, Narega, integrated child development scheme, Indira Gandhi avaas yojana, Nehru urban renewable mission, Pradhan mantri gramin sadak yojana, Central Govt Health scheme,National Leprosy elimination programme, Indira gandhi national old age pension, disablement child labour project scheme, panchayat yuva krida aur khel abhiyanand so on. We expect the reply within 30 days of filing the RTI application but in any case if it doesn’t come then we will go for the first appeal which will take another 45 days, so we will fight for the reply and tell the people of Punjab actual face of this SAD(B) and BJP government.
Bittu said that congress party led by Capt Amarinder singh will form the next government in Punjab and these akalis and BJP would be wiped out of the state. All the senior leaders and the former youth congress body will work with the Pradesh congress in the vidhan sabha elections to make the party victorious.