Centre criticised for move to make available mobiles to BPL
August 13, 2012
“The poor want two square meals and not mobile phones and the Centre should pay attention to meet the hungry stomach”, said former union rural minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh
Patna: RJD senior vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh today castigated the Centre for its move to make available mobile phones to all BPL (below poverty line) families in the country without having identified their number, reports PTI.
Talking to reporters here, Mr Singh, former union rural minister alleged that the Centre has so far failed to identify the number of BPL families in the country and was now talking of providing mobile phones to all BPL families.
He accused the centre of misleading the BPL families by way of highlighting proposals which would fall flat.
“The poor want two square meals and not mobile phones and the Centre should pay attention to meet the hungry stomach”, he said adding the poor are not going to tolerate any compromise on the issue.
Mr Singh said that health facilities were in very bad shape in Bihar and therefore there was need for setting up of five AIIMS (All-India Institute of Medical Sciences) like hospital in the state.
He said when small states like Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand having comparatively low population can have AIIMS, why should not Bihar have five AIIMS.
“Casteism, communalism, regionalism and terrorism are major dangers before the nation”, Mr Singh said and alleged that chief minister Nitish Kumar was engaged in caste politics.
Mr Singh announced that the RJD would launch its campaign in Bihar against the rotten education system and problems of health facilities, from September.