Bhopal: Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has written a letter to Madhya Pradesh Government demanding action against Ratlam Collector regarding his conduct related to a meeting called by a group of Congress MPs to review progress of Centre-sponsored welfare schemes.

Six Congress MPs from the State, including PCC chief Kantilal Bhuria, met Ramesh in Delhi and complained against the District Collector, Rajiv Dubey. According to them, Dubey had come late for a meeting of Evaluation and Monitoring Committee on October 8.

Also, the bureaucrat had not met three Congress MPs - Bhuria, Prem Chand Guddu and Meenakshi Natrajan - at Circuit House to brief them about the meeting's agenda and issues to be raised there.

Bhuria is Chairman of the committee which evaluates Central schemes at the district level, while Guddu and Natrajan are its members. It was alleged Bhuria and Guddu had heated arguments with the Collector for coming late and not providing them agenda in advance. The panel had passed censure motion against Dubey in the meeting which was followed by heated exchange.

"The fundamental directives issued by the Union Rural Development Ministry for holding evaluation and monitoring committee meetings had been violated," Ramesh said in the letter written to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

"It was necessary for both the Union and the State Governments to hold such meetings as thousands of crores were spent on welfare programmes." "I will be obliged if you please let me know the action initiated by you before I decide the course of action on this matter," Ramesh said.

The MP Government on October 10 asked Additional Chief Secretary Anthony J DeSa to hold an inquiry into the matter. Dubey, in his defence, has said he was late "only for a few seconds" for the meeting and denied having violated any directives.



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