The Congress Government in Chhattisgarh has renamed the five schemes named after late Sangh leader Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya by the previous BJP-led Government in the state. These schemes of the urban administration and development department have now been named after Congress Leaders and former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi and architect of the Indian Constitution Dr. B R Ambedkar.
The order to rename the schemes was issued on Monday night, a senior government official here told PTI.
However, the Opposition Bhartiya Janta Party had expressed unhappiness and termed the step as the indicated “political vindictiveness”.
As per the order, Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya Swavlamban Yojna has been renamed as Rajiv Gandhi Swavlamban Yojna while Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya Sarvasamaj Manglik Bhavan Yojna will now be known as Dr. BR Ambedkar Sarvasamaj Manglik Bhavan Yojna, the official said.
Similarly, Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya LED Path Prakash Yojna has been rechristened as Indira Priyadarshini LED Path Prakash Yojna, Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya Ajivika Kendra (livelihood centre) Yojna is now Rajiv Gandhi Ajivika Kendra Yojna while Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya Shuddh Peyjal (clean drinking water) Yojna has been named as Indira Priyadarshini Shudhh Peyjal Yojna, he added.
The former chief minister and senior BJP leader Raman Singh said his Party would protest against the government’s move during the ongoing session of the Chhattisgarh Assembly.
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“The state government deliberately rechristened schemes named after Pt Deendayal Upadhyayaji on his death anniversary, which was observed on Monday (February 11). This reflects Congress’ mentality,” Singh said in a statement.
He sought to know what the incumbent government had done to make these schemes better.
“Without making any new provisions, they have just renamed the schemes which clearly indicates that it’s a new episode of ‘Badlapur’ (vindictive politics),” he alleged.
Earlier, newly formed Congress Government in Rajasthan has also made a similar move. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on January 22 had decided to reverse the Atal Seva Kendra (seva kendras at village panchayat and panchayat samiti level) as Rajiv Gandhi Seva Kendra, the original name.
in December last year, Days after forming the Government, Congress had decided to do away with a logo comprising a photograph of Jan Sangh founder Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay on government letterheads and notifications, and replace the same with Ashok Stambh, the national emblem.