Raipur: The Opposition Congress on Monday alleged that the BJP Government in Chhattisgarh has become "a hub of corruption".

Speaking in the Assembly on the no-confidence motion moved by the Opposition against the three-year-old Government, Mohammed Akbar (Congress) said Chief Minister Raman Singh wants Chhattisgarh to become a hub of power, but the state has become a "hub of corruption".

Referring to a recent incident where a retired Government employee stabbed an officer at Collectorate here over delay in getting pension, he said this reflected widespread corruption in the administration.

Chhattisgarh is considered a mineral-rich state, but the Mining Department, which has been tasked with managing the natural resources, is in a shambles, Akbar maintained.

Contrary to the claims being made by the Government, population of the poor is steadily increasing in the BJP-ruled state, where mineral resources are being exploited mindlessly, the Congress legislator said.

Illegal mining is rampant in Chhattisgarh and a leading company has accepted to being involved in this practice, Akbar said.

Speaking on behalf of the Government, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ramvichar Netam gave details about the development projects being undertaken by the Raman Singh administration.

The no-confidence motion has been brought by the Opposition without any conviction, Netam added.

Agencies