Shimla (May 19): District unit of CPI(M) today accused the state BJP government and Congress-ruled Shimla municipal corporation for their “callous attitude” towards urban poor living in and around Shimla town.
District secretary of CPI(M) Sanjay Chauhan said in as press statement issued here today that both have failed to formulate any policy to benefit the needy sections of society and deliberately ignored them. “Even funds allocated to them under various central schemes like housing for urban poor have not been utilized on one pretext or other. The central government under JNURM has allocated 34 crores for various developmental schemes for Shimla town, out of which Rs 9.99 crore and Rs 14 crore was under Ahsiana I and II to build 252 and 384 houses for urban poor in Shimla, but MC Shimla gave this money to HIMUDA four years
back,” he claimed.
Chauhan said the state government crossed all limits by shifting Rs 9.99 crore out of this amount to other towns for beautification, defeating the very purpose of this scheme which was meant to provide shelter to poor people.
“Now, the director of National Building Organization in Ministry Of Urban Development has resented this unutilization of funds and even asked to surrender this fund if it cannot be utilized by the state,” he claimed.