Congress warns against closure of Madhya Pradesh boards

February 21st, 2008 - 8:15 pm ICT by admin  


Bhopal, Feb 21 (IANS) The Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) here Thursday warned the state government against closure of state-run boards and corporations running in loss. The MPCC said the government should find ways and means to bring these corporations out of the red.

MPCC spokesperson Manak Agarwal, addressing a press conference, said: “The BJP government in the state is reportedly planning to close the corporations which are running in the red.

“The list of corporations to be closed includes Madhya Pradesh Tourism Corporation and seven others. But the government should know that the Tourism Corporation has come out of the red and these days it is running in profit.”

About other corporations, Agarwal said closing them down was not a solution.

“On one hand, the government promises to provide employment and on the other hand it is making a move towards rendering thousands of employees jobless. It should find out ways to curb the losses instead,” he said.

Agarwal criticised the state government for making a number of announcements at the Kisan Mahapanchayat (farmers’ mega rally) held Wednesday. He said: “The chief minister made similar announcements about a year ago but none of them have been implemented.”

“Now he has made many announcements keeping in mind the forthcoming elections, only to deceive the farmers of the state,” he added.

Similarly, the government was holding investors’ meets one after the other. The first investors meet was held at Khajuraho followed by Indore and then Jabalpur. But there was no investment or setting up of industry at the ground level, he said. “Such meets are actually being held to provide land to big industrial houses and in return, realise election funds from them,” Agarwal alleged.

“But the Congress will not tolerate this any more and we will expose the deeds of the government,” he said.

A meeting of former Congress legislators and MPs was held Thursday in Bhopal.Agarwal said they have resolved to prepare a list of the government’s failure at the district level, hold demonstrations and make the people of their respective areas aware about how the BJP has deceived them by not honouring a single promise made to them, in the run up to the 2003 state assembly polls.

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