No moral code was violated with direct cash transfer scheme: Govt. to EC

Posted By: Religare
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Under attack from the Election Commission (EC) for its direct cash transfer scheme, government of India said that its move to introduce the scheme was part of its 2012's budget proposal.

Responding to the EC's queries, the Planning Commission arrogated that nothing new has been announced by the government.

Earlier, the EC had warned of appropriate action if the government's reply to its letter did not come by the deadline of 5 PM on Monday.

The EC had yesterday sent a reminder to the Cabinet Secretary expressing its displeasure as the government had failed to reply to the poll body's notice a day before. It had also conveyed unhappiness to the Centre over the announcement of its direct cash transfer scheme when the Model Code of conduct was in force in poll-bound Gujarat is in force.

Fighting back, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said it had not violated any election code of conduct in connection with its scheme as it was announced in the budget presented by the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Story first published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 16:30 [IST]
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