MP alleges diversion of Central funds

Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD: The State Government has diverted Rs. 3.6 crores allotted for hospitals and pre-matric hostels, as additional Central assistance, during 2003-04 in the Attappady tribal belt, N.N. Krishnadas, MP, said here on Monday. At a press conference here on Monday, he said the funds were allotted for infrastructure development.

The Centre, in an order (no. 736/2003/SC/ST/DD) on August 30, 2003, allotted the money to the State Government, which diverted it for other purposes instead of using it for setting up much-needed medical and educational infrastructure in Attappady.

An amount of Rs. 74.73 lakhs was allotted for a Community Health Centre at Agali and Rs. 45.8 lakhs for a Primary Health Centre at Pudur. Both Agali and Pudur panchayat areas had been affected by cholera and gastroenteritis epidemics recently, resulting in the death of six tribal people and hospitalisation of hundreds of them. Health facilities were inadequate in these areas.

He said Rs. 47 lakhs was allotted for a pre-matric hostel at Mukkali, Rs. 41.7 lakhs for a similar facility for boys and Rs. 46.47 lakhs for one for girls at Agali and Rs. 7.9 lakhs for another at Pudur. He urged the State Government to make available the diverted funds for providing health infrastructure for the tribes of Attappady hills.