Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday launched “Samajwadi Namak”, fortified with iron and iodine, for the poor from his official residence in Lucknow. The salt will be available at subsidised rates for about 46.2 lakh beneficiaries in 10 districts. The scheme would benefit Antyodaya, BPL as well as 60 per cent of APL card holders in 10 districts, including Sidharth Nagar, Sant Kabir Nagar, Faizabad, Mau, Meerut, Farrukhabad, Moradabad, Hamirpur, Etawah and Auraiya. The government claimed these districts were selected based on the high incidence of cases of anaemia among children below 5 years of age. The salt would be given to APL card holders at the rate of Rs 6 per kg, whereas it would be given to BPL and Antyodaya card holders at the rate of Rs 3 per kg.
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The subsidy would cost the exchequer Rs 48 crore. Government officials quoted NFHS-III survey for defining the need for the scheme and said that those suffering with anaemia include 52.4 per cent pregnant women, 73.9 percent children in the age group of 6-59 months, 75.5 per cent girls as well as 24 per cent men below the age group of 20 years.
The scheme would be run in collaboration with Tata Trust and 1 kg salt packets distributed by the Chief Minister at his residence today were in red and green (Samajwadi Party colours) with white background. The packets have been named “Samajwadi iron evam iodine Mishrit Namak” written in red and also carry logo of Uttar Pradesh Government along with sketch of map of Uttar Pradesh in light green.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav targeted central Government on the issue of demonetisation and said, “Aisi bhi sarkar aayi, jisne ameer se leke garib sabko takleef de di. Sab Pareshan hain… 90 per cent log pareshan hain. Sarkar jinse chheenana chahati thi. Sarkar jo Khwab aur sapna dikha rahi thi, woh to line pe nahi dikhayi de rahe hai” (There came a government, which has troubled both poor and rich. 90 per cent people are troubled today. Government wanted to take away from certain people and the dreams that it had shown but such people are not seen standing in line.)
He said that while the move has affected the poor the most and alleged that instead for whom the entire move was aimed are settling their figures on papers, with professional help sitting inside closed rooms.
“Woh to kagazon pe apni cheezein theek kar rahe hain, kamro mein baith ke, computer pe, badey badey budhijeeviyon ke saath apna ankada theek kar le rahe hain. Lekin garib pareshan hai (Those people are correcting their things on paper, sitting inside rooms, on computers with intellectuals. They are correcting their figures, while it is poor, who are troubled),” said Akhilesh.
He said that all those, who are being troubled at present would give trouble to those in the future, who are causing this pain.
Akhilesh also targeted BSP chief Mayawati and said that while Samajwadi’s had opened doors of Chief Minister’s residence for common men, there was a government, which had closed all gates.