Bristling at accusations of doublespeak in its assault on the BJP authorities on the centre for spending crores on remodelling New Delhi’s VIP zone in the midst of the coronavirus disaster, the Congress-led authorities in Chhattisgarh has put an analogous mission within the state on maintain.
Saying more durable measures to verify the unfold of COVID-19, the Chhattisgarh authorities on Thursday stated it had cancelled tenders for the development of the brand new meeting constructing and in addition stopped work on main initiatives within the state.
Development of the brand new governor’s home, meeting home, chief minister’s home, residences of ministers and senior officers, new circuit home within the “Nava Raipur” space has now been stopped with quick impact, an announcement issued by the state authorities stated.
The “bhoomi pujan” or groundbreaking ceremony for these initiatives was performed final yr.
“Our residents – our precedence. Basis stone for the development of latest meeting constructing, Raj Bhavan, Chief Minister’s residence, residences of ministers and senior officers, new circuit home was laid earlier than begin of Corona. At this time, all these development works have been stopped in these instances of disaster,” Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel tweeted in Hindi.
The announcement got here two days after BJP chief JP Nadda wrote to Congress president Sonia Gandhi alleging “constant negativity”, duplicity and pettiness in her celebration’s criticism of the federal government’s dealing with of the COVID-19 disaster.
The Chhattisgarh authorities’s initiatives had been among the many examples of hypocrisy that he cited after the opposition celebration hit out on the central authorities for carrying on the development of the Central Vista mission in Delhi that features a new residence for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a brand new parliament.
The Congress was fast to grab Chief Minister Baghel’s announcement and renew its assault on the central authorities for spending crores amid a scarcity of vaccines, oxygen and different requirements, with senior Congress chief and MP Jairam Ramesh tweeting:
Pricey PM @narendramodi
This how a responsive and accountable authorities works in a democracy. Chhattisgarh Govt is prioritising lives of its individuals above all the things else and redoubling its efforts to struggle COVID-19.
When will you be taught and cease this Central Vista insanity? https://t.co/j2hIrGFeoS
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) May 13, 2021
Among the many worst-hit states within the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Chhattisgarh presently has 1.22 lakh lively COVID-19 instances and has reported 11,094 deaths, based on the union well being ministry.
Saying its choice to halt the development initiatives, the state authorities stated it had “instructed all departments on April 26 that, just like the earlier yr, austerity must be exercised within the monetary yr 2021-22”.
“Now, even additional, on the directions of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, the foremost development works in Nava Raipur have been stopped with quick impact,” its assertion stated.
The chief engineer of the Public Works Division has issued orders to contractors to cease development work on these initiatives, it added.
It stated that together with this, “the beforehand issued tenders for the development of — Rs 245.16 crore and Rs 118 crore — works for the development of the brand new meeting constructing in Sector-19 have been cancelled with quick impact”.
(With inputs from PTI)