Villagers accuse Rajyavardhan Rathore of making false claims about school hall

first_imgResidents of Rozda gram panchayat that falls under Jaipur (rural) Lok Sabha seat have accused Bharatiya Janata Party’s Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore of making false claims of developmental work carried out in the area.Rathore, a Union minister in the Narendra Modi government, is contesting from Jaipur (rural) seat.Posters put out by the BJP in Rozda gram panchayat display faces of Rathore and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and talk about the work done in the area in the past five years. However, villagers in Rozda say the ground reality is different from the claims made in the posters.They said some of the works that are mentioned in the posters “did not actually happen on ground”. One example that they cited was that of a hall that Rathore claimed was constructed in a government school.”Nothing has been built in the school so far and neither is there any hope. When the money has been returned, how will it be constructed? It is a false claim,” Hemraj, member of the education committee, Government Senior Secondary School, Rozda, told India Today TV.On the posters, under the subhead-major work done in five years by BJP government in your panchayat-one of the accomplishments that BJP mentions is Rs 7 lakh that was reportedly spent under the MPLAD Scheme for constructing a hall in Government Secondary School, Rozda.However, when India Today TV visited the school we found that no hall has been constructed there. “No hall has been constructed by the school or the panchayat,” Jayaram Kumawat, sarpanch, Rozda, said.advertisementIndia Today TV also met other residents of Rozda. They too said that the claim that a hall has been constructed in the government school at a cost of Rs 7 lakh is false.”Not even a single brick has been laid. This is false propaganda. The school is in front of you. If a hall was constructed here, then it would be visible. It is not something that can be hidden,” Babulal Bunkar, a resident of the village said.”What is visible does not require evidence. Not even a single penny has been spent on it,” Gajanand Jangid, a villager, stated.India Today TV’s investigation revealed that funds were sanctioned for the construction of a boundary wall around the school. However, on February 13, 2019, the order was cancelled and the district committee was asked to return the money.Some people in the area also alleged that other claims made by the BJP that Rs 1.46 crore was spent on works related to drinking water, education and electricity too is false.”Rs 1.46 crore is a lot of money. When a project is completed, it is visible on groundlike roads etc. Similarly, if something was done to boost drinking water, education and electricity in the region, it should be visible on ground. But that is not the case. What is visible does not need evidence,” Babulal Bunker, a villager said.RATHORE’S REACTION: Meanwhile, reacting to the allegations, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said: “The role of an MP is to release funds and we have released 100 per cent funds. It is now up to the implementing agency to go ahead with the construction.”Under the MPLAD Scheme, each MP first lists the works that are required in his/her constituency. These projects are then recommended to the district authority and the MP earmarks funds for each project. Once a project has been recommended by an MP, it goes to the district authority concerned, which evaluates it and sanctions funds for it. The district authorities do not have the power to sanction funds more than that recommended by the MP.READ MORE: Sports stars in election war: It’s Rajyavardhan Rathore vs Krishna Poonia in JaipurWATCH MORE: Pakistan is a frustrated nation: Rajyavardhan Rathorelast_img