MP: BJP MLA withdraws funds for oxygen plant, cites dithering by officials

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Bhopal, Jul 3 (PTI) A BJP MLA in Madhya Pradesh on Friday said he has withdrawn his recommendation to allot money from his Local Area Development Fund for an oxygen plant at a civil hospital in Rajgarh district as the administration kept dilly-dallying.

While a local official denied the allegation of Narsinghgarh MLA Rajyavardhan Singh, the opposition Congress said it belied Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's claim of providing efficient governance.

In a letter to the district collector, MLA Singh said he had recommended allotment of Rs 47 lakh from his Local Area Development Fund for an oxygen plant at Maharaja Civil Hospital at Narsinghgarh in Rajgarh district in April amid rising demand for the lifesaving gas due to spike in COVID-19 cases.

He withdrew the recommendation after the collector informed him that a plant was being set up through a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of ONGC.

But later he learnt that the plant will be set up at Sarangpur, so he again allotted money for setting up an oxygen plant at the Narsinghgarh hospital, which was approved by the divisional commissioner on June 15, Singh said.

A few days later he was informed that the National Highway Authority of India was setting up an oxygen plant in Narsinghgarh, he said in the letter.

Nothing has happened in this regard so far and he decided to withdraw the allocation, the MLA said.

Rajgarh collector Neeraj Kumar Singh told reporters that the process of setting up an oxygen plant was underway but the MLA withdrew his recommendation. He denied that the project was earlier shifted to Sarangpur.

State Congress spokesperson K K Mishra told PTI that the episode showed the administration's apathy.

'The government is not serious even about oxygen plants which are required in the fight against the pandemic. This has exposed the good governance claims of the government,' he said. PTI COR ADU KRK KRK

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