Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Friday took a dig at the opposition Congress, reminding it of alleged disparities in the issuance of Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards while it was in power.
Khattar, who launched a counterattack on the Congress camp when it targeted the state government’s Parivar Pehchan Patra scheme, said that during the previous regime, BPL cards were erroneously allocated to people residing in upscale residences and driving luxury cars. A list of approximately 50 such people made headlines in the newspapers at the time, Khattar said in the Assembly here.
He was replying to an issue concerning the Parivar Pehchan Patra raised by the opposition.
Khattar said the BJP government had so far issued about 12.50 lakh new ration cards to eligible beneficiaries.
Regarding any discrepancies pertaining to the family IDs, the chief minister assured the House that the department concerned is actively engaged in the rectification processes.
Earlier while raising the PPP issue, Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda termed it “Permanent Pareshani Patra”.
Congress MLAs Geeta Bhukkal, Bharat Bhushan Batra and Varun Chaudhary had moved a notice seeking discussion on PPP, which was turned down.
Batra, while seeking to know the grounds for rejecting the motion, asked the government if rules regarding the PPP were framed and why these had not been tabled in the House. Batra claimed there were flaws in PPP and cited examples in this regard.
A family ID card is a government-issued document that helps identify the members of a family unit. This card is mandatory for availing various government services and schemes, admission to government educational institutions and seeking government recruitment.
Questioning the authenticity and highlighting the gross discrepancies in the data collected for PPP ID cards, Batra said, “It is ironical that BJP’s own Rajya Sabha MP Ram Chandra Jangra’s annual income has been shown as Rs 1.80 lakh and he has been recommended eligible for social security pension from the state government. Similarly, BJP’s Mayor Manmohan’s annual income has been shown as Rs 1.80 lakh and he has also been recommended as eligible for social security pension from the state government. This is just an example how grave the discrepancies are in the data that is being collected for the PPP identity cards”.
Hooda questioned the state government’s portal through which this data is being collected. “I personally know Manmohan. He is a billionaire. He would have never given wrong information for the PPP. Also, Ram Chandra Jangra also would not have given such wrong information about his income etc. This is all due to the portals that your government is introducing every other day. If these portals are not doing the job for which these are being made, what action the state government has taken against the agency that is operating such portals or collecting such erroneous data”.
Congress legislator Kiran Choudhry, however, demanded that the PPP should be abolished.