By: Faisal Fareed
Legislators of Congress and BSP in Rampur district have blamed the district panchayat for passing the District Plan incorporating 126 road proposals by urban development minister Azam Khan and ignoring their proposals during the meeting.
Azam and other legislators are ex-officio members of the District Panchayat. Rampur’s District Panchayat, headed by Abdul Salam, had convened a meeting last Saturday but it was postponed when only two members turned up.
It was later convened on Monday during which proposal for Rs 253 crore were passed. The proposals also included 126 roads to be constructed which reportedly were given by Azam Khan.
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Another proposal to impose restriction on construction of house and shops in village Benazir on Jauhar University Road was also passed. Following the order, shops and houses will now need to get their maps sanctioned from district panchayat and their front elevation has to be uniform on a similar pattern.
“We have sent the agenda to every member. For accepting their proposals, Chief Development Officer will be in a better position to explain,” Abdul Salam, Chairman, District Panchayat claimed. He, however, confirmed that proposals from Azam Khan for 126 roads and restriction on construction on Jauhar University Road has been passed by the board.
However, BSP MLA from Chamrauha constituency in Rampur, Yousuf Ali claimed that he had sent proposal for 19 roads but none of them have been accepted. “I know they end up in trash bin. If we pursue them, police cases will be lodged against us,” he alleged.
Even Samajwadi Party MLA from Milak, Vijay Singh claimed that no proposal was sought from him. However, when reminded about Azam’s proposals being passed, he claimed: “Even I will submit my proposals to mantri ji (Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav) in two days. There is no harm,” he said.
Nawab Kazim Ali Khan, Congress MLA from Swar, said that he has never been invited to the district panchayat meeting and had no hope that his proposals will be accepted due to his political differences with Azam Khan. Even the district panchayat members admitted that their proposals were not considered. Sources claimed that even during the meeting, one member Ramashanker Pandey had reportedly offered to resign but was opposed by SP members.
Chief Development Officer Amit Kishore, however, denied the allegations” “The district panchayat is an independent house and it has the full authority to accept or reject any proposal. Thereafter, the proposals are consolidated and sent to District Planning Committee, there is no such demarcation of being sent by an particular member. I refute all the allegation”,” he said.
The District Plan with a volume of Rs 253 crores was later also passed on Tuesday without any amendments by the District Planning Committee headed by tourism minister Moolchandra Chauhan. The plan will now be sent to state government for final sanctioning. As per rules, district panchayat first clears the District Plan which is then sent to District Planning Committee for clearance which is headed by the in-charge minister of the particular district.