Union Minister says no election, no funds to Tamil Nadu
Union rural development minister Narendra Singh announced that centre would not release funds to local bodies in the State until elections were conducted. During that DMK whip and Ex- Union Minister A Raja claimed there was 'corruption, collection and commission' at all levels in the state and local body polls were not held in 2016.
“ We are discussing transparency (in panchayats). Some of the states are not inclined to conduct the local body polls. Unless and until they are held, how can we ensure transparency?” The DMK leader said, requesting the Centre’s intervention. He sought to know if the Centre had plans to have stringent laws to secure the local body polls would be conducted in such states.
The Minister said the election was must and the Union government invoked reminded the Tamil Nadu government to hold the elections. “We don’t release funds wherever the local bodies are not functioning with elected members. We have the funds and are ready to give it,” he said.
Municipal administration and water supply Minister S P Velumani met Tomar and sought him to release performance grant of Rs 194.78 crore for 2017-18 and basic grant of Rs 876.93 crore for 2018-19 to rural local bodies.