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Akhilesh Yadav govt shuns RTI on Lokayukta; renames Kanshiram univ

Akhilesh govt played controversial politics,binned Dalit icon and promoted education sops.

Written by Agencies | Lucknow | Published: July 31, 2012 1:21:39 pm

In a major decision,the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet today gave its nod to keep the office of Lokayukta out of the purview of RTI Act.

The Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav decided to keep the Lokayukta out of the purview of the RTI Act,a senior official said.

The Cabinet also decided to implement the ‘Kanya Vidyadhan Yojna’,the official said,adding that approval was also give for the implementation of National Optical Fibre Programme in the state.

The National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) aims to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats with broadband connectivity in the country.

The Cabinet also gave approval to rename Manyavar Kanshiram Arbi-Farsi University as Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Arbi-Farsi University.

The previous BSP government had named the University after its founder Kanshi Ram.

On July 25,the Samajwadi government had changed the names of eight districts which had been renamed by the previous Mayawati regime.

While Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar would be known as Amethi,Rambai Nagar would be called Kanpur Dehat. The names of Bheem Nagar,Prabuddha Nagar and Pancheel Nagar were changed to Sambhal,Shamli and Hapur respectively,the official said.

Similarly,Kanshiram Nagar,Mahamaya Nagar and J P Nagar would now be known as Kasganj,Hathras and Amroha respectively.

Mayawati attacks Samajwadi govt for renaming varsity

Lucknow: Former UP Chief Minister and BSP president Mayawati today lashed out at Samjawadi government’s decision to rename Manyavar Kanshiramji Urdu-Farsi University,saying it was a “politically vindictive act”.

“This step (renaming the University) of the Samajwadi Party government is totally undignified,disgusting and a politically vindictive act,” Mayawati said in a statement.

Instead of changing the name,the SP government should have opened a new university and given it a name of its choice,she said,adding that everyone is aware that the BSP regime had set up the varsity and renamed it after Kanshi Ramji as an acknowledgement of his contribution to the state.

The former chief minister said Kanshi Ram’s love for Urdu and his knowledge of the language is widely known,but the Samajwadi government has changed the name of the University which is most “unfortunate” and “condemnable”.

Mayawati recalled that earlier too the SP government had changed the name of Kanshiram Nagar to Kasganj and termed these decisions of the state government as indicative of “ungratefulness” and “betrayal”.

In 1993,Kanshi Ram had helped Mulayam Singh Yadav who was totally marginalised at that time to become the chief minister,she reminded the ruling party.

Earlier today,the Cabinet gave approval to rename Manyavar Kanshiram Arbi-Farsi University as Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Arbi-Farsi University.

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