Jammu, Dec 2: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said Wednesday that “Roshni” scam had illuminated the Gupkar bungalows, but extinguished hope for the poor.
Speaking to media in the midst of the District Development Council election campaign in the suburban areas of Jammu district, Jitendra said, the “Roshni” scheme had been launched by the then Government with the apparently envisaged objective of raising an amount of Rs.25,000 crore for setting up Power projects in Jammu & Kashmir, which were said to provide electricity to each and every household including the houses of economically weaker sections of society.
“However, in the final bargain, what was witnessed was that all the loot out of the scam went into the construction of lavish bungalows at Gupkar Road and other VIP locations, whereas the poor neither got the electricity nor the house,” he said.
Jitendra Singh over the last one decade, BJP had been consistently demanding a thorough and impartial probe into the embezzlement that had taken place in the name of the “Roshni” scheme. But, he said, successive governments run by National Conference, Congress and PDP did not agree for the probe and instead sought to cover up the scam because the Ministres and the Chief Ministers of the then governments were themselves beneficiaries of the scam.
“It is only now under the Modi government,” said Jitendra, when the investigative agencies were given a free hand to carry on their task that the entire scam has got unearthed and the skeletons are tumbling out.
While the “Gupkar” governments robbed the land that should have legitimately gone to the poor, he said, it is under Prime Minister Narendra Modi that targets have been set to construct a house for each and every family under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).