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With the Opposition out to “spoil” her birthday,Chief Minister Mayawati has asked officials to come up with “practical and viable” welfare schemes,which can be executed within a short time.

Written by Alka Pande | Lucknow |
January 14, 2009 2:23:07 am

With the Opposition out to “spoil” her birthday,Chief Minister Mayawati has asked officials to come up with “practical and viable” welfare schemes,which can be executed within a short time. She plans to “gift” the schemes to the people of the state on her birthday on January 15.

Working day and night,the departments are making their pre-presentations before Chief Secretary Atul Kumar Gupta. The final presentation will be made before Mayawati on the eve of her birthday. The chief minister has announced that she will celebrate her birthday in a simple manner in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks.

The fact,however,remains that her 53rd birthday has become perhaps the most controversial so far. Her own party’s MLA from Auraiya,Shekhar Tiwari,had killed PWD engineer M K Gupta,allegedly because he refused to pay up for Mayawati’s birthday.

The Samajwadi Party (SP),the BJP and the Congress,all decided to organise protests and demonstrations against the alleged extortion under the Mayawati regime,though the chief minister has stated that she had not fixed any “quotas” for fund collection.

Instead of organising celebrations,the BSP is going to observe the day as “Dhikkar Diwas” and organise public meetings across the state to “expose” the Opposition parties and their leaders by highlighting their conduct when they were in power.

Apart from the alleged extortion and deteriorating law and order situation in the state,the Opposition is also raising the issue of lack of development under Mayawati’s rule. The chief minister,too,seems to have realised that many government schemes have failed to take off or have been delayed. Several projects she had announced on her last birthday were still languishing.

Officials have been instructed to make an impact within a short time so that a can be sent to the public that the government was serious about development and welfare of the people.

Mayawati has allegedly asked the officials to remove all critical gaps in the old schemes and if needed prepare new schemes.

For the first time in 2003,Mayawati’s birthday was celebrated on a grand scale as “Swabhiman Diwas”. The government had spent money liberally and made grand arrang-ements. Partymen were asked to give money as birthday present. It raised eyebrows,but the then party president Kashi Ram justified the collection of funds by saying that he needed money to run the organisation. Since then,celebrations on Mayawati’s birthday had become a regular feature. Fund collection for the day also became a regular feature and was made legitimate by renaming Mayawati’s birthday as “Aarthic Sahyog Diwas”.

Projects announced on last Maya b’day
* Launch of Ganga Expressway: Land acquisition yet to begin
* Ultra Mega Thermal Power Project of 4,000 megawatt with NTPC at Lalitpur: No MoU signed with NTPC
* Health insurance scheme for people living below poverty line: Scheme launched by the Centre with share from states. Cards being distributed.
* Centre for good governance in Lucknow: No one is aware of its progress
* 200-bed Amebdkar hospital at Greater Noida: Construction work is on

CM to allot 50 houses to poor on Jan 15
Chief Minister Mayawati will formally hand over allotment letters of 50 houses to persons belonging to economically weaker sections on her birthday,January 15.

The houses have been constructed by the UP Housing and Development Board under the ‘Manyavar Kanshiram Avas Yojna’.

All the 50 allottees are from Lucknow. The houses are in the Vrindavan housing scheme of the board located on the Lucknow-Rai Bareli Road. The cost of each housing unit constructed on a 40 sq meter plot is Rs 1.76 Lakh. “The allottees will have to pay only the cost of construction,and no cost of land will be charged,” said M L Paswan,secretary of the board. The scheme was announced by the chief minister on October 9,2007,to mark the first death anniversary of the founder of the Bahujan Samaj Party,Kanshi Ram. So far 1,604 houses have been constructed in five towns — Lucknow,Kanpur,Auraiya,Majhola in Moradabad district,Ferozabad and Fatehgarh in Farrukhabad district. In the next financial year,5,400 more such units are to be constructed in other towns. — ENS

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