May Uttar Pradesh bank on Young Akhilesh to Get more from the Fund Starving Centre Stung by revenue deficit?
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May Uttar Pradesh bank on Young Akhilesh to Get more from the Fund Starving Centre Stung by revenue deficit?Let us wait. He may not be as mature as his father netaji Mulayam singh has. But the Energitic leaders has the strong mandat behind him which failed no one else but the Crown Prince Rahul Gandhi and his Most popular sister Indira Reminscent priyanka Gadhi. Should he translate his Political wisdom into Administrative Skill, we may perhaps see the wheels rolling for UP, so neglected for decades.Exactly a month after he was elected as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to seek more funds, blessings and endorsement.In his first 24 days as CM, Yadav and his cabinet colleagues transferred nearly 1,000 police and IAS officials. There was some confusion over who was in command in Lucknow as some of these transfers were cancelled within 24 hours; some were re-transferred within a few hours; and many had gone home believing they had to set out to X district, only to be informed by the chief minister's office next morning that they had actually been transferred to Y district.
However, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and demanded smooth transfer of funds for Central schemes like MNREGA and asked for help in holding the forthcoming Kumbh festival, cleaning of the Ganga and coal supply to the state.Accompanied by senior officials, Akhilesh met Singh for over an hour to discuss his policies and programmes for Uttar Pradesh and the help he needed for implementing his schemes and ideas.
"We have not demanded any package for the state. It was a good meeting with the Prime Minister. A host of issues related to Uttar Pradesh including MNREGA, roads, problems related to coal shortage, the Kumbh Mela to be held soon and the Ganga cleaning project were discussed," Yadav told reporters after the meeting.
Yadav said he has demanded the Centre's help, including sanctioning of requisite funds, to the UP government.
"The Prime Minister has assured us that funds will be sent for all the schemes being implemented in the state," he said.
"Centre should grant these funds, only then will the development work reach the people. If UP moves on the path of progress, then the country will move on that path too," he said, adding that UP being a big state, its progress matters in the overall development of the nation.
Akhilesh maintained that law and order is an important issue for his government.
Asked what action is being taken on corruption cases involving his predecessor government headed by Mayawati, he said he is looking into the matter and results will be visible soon.
He insisted that those who built parks and placed elephants and their own statues there have already been punished by the electorate which has voted them out. Though this was a clear reference to Mayawati, he did not name the BSP chief.
Bureaucrats say the multiple poles of power in the government had led to a diminution of the CM's authority. But Yadav's Delhi trip was to clear the optics and dispel the impression that he was not in command.When he met the prime minister, Yadav asked for a smooth transfer of funds for Central schemes such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), help in holding the forthcoming Kumbh festival, cleaning of the Ganga and coal supply to the state. He spent nearly an hour with the PM.business Standard reports.
"We have not demanded any package for the state. It was a good meeting with the prime minister. A host of issues related to Uttar Pradesh, including the MNREGS, roads, coal shortage, the Kumbh Mela and the Ganga cleaning project, were discussed," Yadav told reporters after the meeting.
The CM said roads, power, and drinking water were the priority areas for the Samajwadi Party government in UP. "The Centre should grant these funds, only then will the development work reach the people. If UP moves on the path of progress, then the country will move on that path too," he said.
However, in UP, it was clear the navigation of the government was being done by several people at once. That Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh; minister for public works department and uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav and Yadav himself were on the same page for the first few days was clear as schemes started by Mayawati for the Dalits were cancelled.
The Kanshiram Urban settlement project and the scheme to provide bicycles to girls after they finished Class 11 were scrapped. The Mahamaya Yojana was held in abeyance (the CM clarified the project will not be scrapped, but the name will be changed).
Mayawati had announced for all government contracts above Rs 25 lakh there would be reservation for the Dalits. This stood cancelled, announced the PWD minister.
The announcements to scrap these projects were all made by different sets of people. All that the chief minister said was those against whom the cases that had been lodged under the SC/ST Act would be reviewed by the government. He invited representations from those affected by the law.
Jagdev Singh, officer on special duty in the CM's office, has been brought back to 'help' the CM. He is considered a bureaucrat trusted and relied upon by Mulayam Singh.
The CM's supporters say Mulayam Singh Yadav's veto powers over transfers and postings are palpable.
Akhilesh Yadav's signal announcement was to have a Janata Darbar, on the lines of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, every week starting 18 April. This is the biggest departure from the past.
After brief lull post state assembly elections, UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati are again firing salvos at each-other.The birth aniversary of Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar was marked by a war of words between UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati. Addressing party workers and followers at Ambedkar Park, Mayawati said: "...Any attempt to construct anything on parks and memorials could lead to law and order problems not only in the state but also in the country." She asked the SP government to respect dalit icons and their parks otherwise they would put the country in trouble. "This may also create problems for the new government," she said warning her opponent. This was the first occasion after UP polls that Mayawati met her supporters at a public meeting. In a rather combative mood, Mayawti referred to certain newspaper reports stating that the SP government would open a medical college or a hospital in certain parks. And in capital,Akhilesh Yadav said that the people of UP have punished Mayawati and her party for wasting funds on park and memorials. "The people of UP have punished those who spent money on bricks and mortar to make memorials and parks," said Akhilesh. Meanwhile, UP PWD Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav has removed 48 senior officers of Rajkiya Nirman Nigam (RNN) looking after the various BSP memorials and parks built in Lucknow and Noida during the previous BSP government. All these officials, including five general managers, have been removed from field posting and attached to the RNN headquarters, an official spokesman here said today. The minister has already announced a probe into alleged large-scale irregularities that took place during the construction of these memorials.
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Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday announced that his government will set up an IT park in Lucknow to attract companies to the state capital.Indian Express reports
The announcement follows a "brainstorming" session he had with HCL founder and chairman Shiv Nadar here last week.
Akhilesh was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 125-year celebrations of Isabella Thoburn College in Lucknow. The IT college claims to be the oldest missionary college for women in Asia.
Referring to his talks with Shiv Nadar, Akhilesh said that HCL wanted to go to Noida. "But I said I wanted the company to come to Lucknow. The last government had established stone parks. We want to establish IT parks," he told the gathering.
Akhilesh promised all possible assistance to the IT college "which has succeeded in providing good facilities to students without any government aid". He said the government would help the college in getting university status if the institution so wanted.
Another gift to the college from the chief minister, which came in a dramatic way, was the promise of Rs 1 crore grant for extending its hostel facilities. Akhilesh cut into the concluding remarks of a college functionary and said, "I have lived in a hostel and I am well aware of its problems." The college has a single hostel for 300 students.
He also announced that his government will provide free education for girls pursuing medical and engineering courses. He said that women's education up to graduation will also be free. These were promised in the SP's election manifesto, but were greeted with much cheering and clapping by the girls.
Keeping in mind the rich floral and fauna in the region, the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government has stepped up efforts to promote Eco-Tourism in the state on a grand scale. The aim is not only to lure tourists, but also jack up efforts for conserving wildlife and nature on the lines of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, according to a report by Faiz Rahman Siddiqui in The Times of India.
Highly-placed government sources said, "Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has evinced keen interest in the subject. Besides developing new sanctuaries in the region, the existing ones would also be given a face-lift on a large scale. In fact, the UP government has already given its final nod to start work on a Lion Safari at Fisher Forest area in the CM's hometown of Etawah."
A senior district official said, "Under the Eco-Tourism project, we have been asked to submit a master plan of several projects to promote Eco-Tourism in districts rich in floral and faunal wealth, including Etawah, Mainpuri, Kannauj, Etah and Agra".
The Eco-Tourism project, which will be developed by the state's Forest and Wildlife, Tourism and other government departments, is envisioned to be equipped with world-class facilities along the National Highway passing through the region and would be used by tourists and locals alike.
Eco-Tourism is a potential resource for creating awareness for protection of forests and wildlife and generating revenue. It would also help generate employment for youth in various districts, said another senior district official.
"We believe that the locals, who are well-versed with local wildlife, should also be involved in the projects. These projects would not only attract tourists, but also help us bring local hunters and their children, who are presently earning their livelihood through illegal activities, into the society's mainstream," said Dr. Rajiv Chauhan, Secretary, Society for Conservation of Nature.
P Guru Prasad, District Magistrate, Etawah, said, "We have the National Chambal Sanctuary in Etawah which is an aquatic animal habitat. Established in 1979 and spread over 435 sq km, it is among the country's prime wildlife sanctuaries."
The Chambal region also boasts of the Saman Bird Sanctuary in Mainpuri, the Patna Bird Sanctuary in Etah and Lakh Bahosi in Kannauj. Besides this, a wide patch of wetlands surrounding the region becomes the winter home for migratory birds that land here for roosting or breeding.
"It would be a boon for the state's economy and will also serve to conserve community culture, natural environment and cultural heritage," a senior Tourism department officer said. "If everything goes well, adventure and nature lovers and foreign tourists who have been visiting wildlife sanctuaries and safaris of other states, will surely add this new destination in their tour map," he added.
Leave memorials alone, Mayawati warns AkhileshATIQ KHAN
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PTIFormer U.P. Chief Minister Mayawati pays tribute to B.R. Ambedkar on his 121st birth anniversary in Lucknow on Saturday.
Says tampering with them will create a law and order problem
Hitting out at the Akhilesh Yadav regime in Uttar Pradesh for the first time since she lost power, the former Chief Minister, Mayawati, warned the government of serious consequences if any attempt was made to alter the façade of the parks and memorials of Dalit icons in the State.
The Bahujan Samaj Party president was addressing party workers at the Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar on Saturday.
She said there would be a law and order problem in the State, as well as in the rest of the country, if a new construction was made in the complexes of the memorials and parks dedicated to eminent persons belonging to Dalits and the Other Backward Classes.
Ms. Mayawati reminded the government that during the BSP rule, no new construction had been allowed in the memorials, museums and parks dedicated to eminent persons associated with the Samajwadi Party. Also, no employees responsible for maintenance of these monuments were removed from their posts. "It was ensured by her government that due respect was given to the memorials."
The BSP supremo's attack came in the wake of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's statement that the huge spaces in the memorials and parks built by the previous regime would be put to better use. Mr. Yadav, though, had clarified that the statues (of the Dalit icons) would not be removed.
However, the SP government has removed 48 officers of the U.P. Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Limited appointed by the Mayawati government and assigned the task of maintaining the parks and memorials in Lucknow and Noida. It has also ordered a probe into the construction of the BSP monuments.
Ms. Mayawati also slammed the government for its 'failure' to organise a memorial programme for paying tributes to Dr. Ambedkar on his 'jayanti.'
After addressing the gathering at the Samajik Parivartan Sthal, Ms. Mayawati paid floral tributes to Dr. Ambedkar at 'Bahujan Samaj Prerna Kendra.' She said the BSP government had ensured that Dr. Ambedkar's ideals and philosophy were followed to the hilt.
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