Karnataka: BJP alleges scam in Airavat scheme

BENGALURU: Social welfare minister Priyank Kharge denied BJP allegations that his division had “favoured” a single automotive broker and producer while implementing the federal government’s Airavat scheme. Under the scheme, the federal government disburses loans to SC/ST youths to purchase cabs.
In a contemporary spherical of controversy for the ruling coalition, the opposition BJP had attacked the federal government for its “most popular companions” for the scheme. BJP MLA CT Ravi informed newshounds on Thursday that the social welfare division used to be rolling out the scheme with a rider that the recipients acquire cars only from Advaith Hyundai and that they just buy Xcent cars.

“The division will deliver the primary spherical of cars to 400-odd SC/ST formative years and they are going to get the similar model of auto and from a single broker on February 11,” Ravi stated, claiming a fund of nearly Rs 225 crore from the central government used to be being used for the scheme. “By forcing beneficiaries to purchase from a single dealer and no longer calling for tenders, the federal government is violating the KTPP Act while disbursing funds underneath the SCP TSP scheme of the state government to oppressed categories and empowering them.”

However, Kharge claimed there's no clause to obtain a mortgage underneath the scheme to buy a cab. The minister stated the dep. has a “most popular partner” tie-up with three automotive manufacturing firms as a way to make certain the federal government and purchasers take pleasure in hefty discounts. Under the scheme, a sum of Rs 5 lakh is given as subsidised mortgage to each beneficiary to purchase a automobile. The allegation seems to be levelled with the intent of highlighting that the son of a senior Congress cupboard minister has a stake in the dealership.

“I admit that Hyundai, as a automotive producer, has come forward to supply us discounts of close to Rs 1.5 to Rs 2 lakh, which is inclusive of equipment and other cosmetic adjustments to the car. But the federal government has additionally won provides from Maruti and Tata Motors for the scheme. There isn't any favouritism,” Kharge stated.

He went on to mention: “Previously middlemen would take commissions of Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 in step with SC/ST formative years by way of promising better deals for cars to be purchased with government-guaranteed loans. Now, underneath Airavat, we have tied up with cab platforms including Uber and Ola, coaching formative years and then extending loans to those that are desirous about making an investment in riding cabs for a dwelling. If they don't seem to be then we give them loans underneath common schemes.”
Karnataka: BJP alleges scam in Airavat scheme Karnataka: BJP alleges scam in Airavat scheme Reviewed by Kailash on February 08, 2019 Rating: 5
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