Chhattisgarh AAP demands high level probe into Vedanta lease issue

MoU also entailed that five of the regional centres will also be instituted

Aam Aadmi Party squarely charged the state government on Saturday on the issue of Vedanta lease issue.

The AAP state chief Dr Sanket Thakur alleged that the Vedanta group in collusion with the state government may be only cheating the masses of Chhattisgarh.

Explaining th charge, Dr Thakur said that Vedanta Medical Research Foundation had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government back in year 2009 to construct a cancer hospital and research facility for charity purposes.

The MoU also entailed that five of the regional centres will also be instituted but since the conditions could not be fulfilled, the MoU had to be cancelled on January 17.

He said that it was on March 23 that Chief Minister chaired a cabinet meeting in which Rs 34 crores was imposed as penalty on the Vedanta group.

The state government, he said, has not yet clarified as to why the penalty was imposed two months after the cancellation of the MoU.

However, Dr Thakur said in the press conference, that Vedanta Foundation has built its hospital on the same ground as had been allocated 50 acres at the rate of Rs 1 per acre.

Incidentally, the hospital is to be inaugurated at the hands of the Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh.

He said that invitations and hoardings bearing the photos of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh have already been released.

The AAP state chief termed it unfortunate that while on the one hand the hospital was allotted land for charitable purposes but later the government imposes a penalty of Rs 34 crores and allows the hospital to run.

Both he and AAP leader Uchit Sharma alleged that the episode actually raises questions on the genuineness of the Public Private Partnership model for running the hospitals in the state.

The two leaders demanded high level probe into their allegations.

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