On the directives of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati a delegation of BSP M.P.s met the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today and requested him to sanction special economic package of Rs. 80,000 crore and also allocate 06 coal blocks at the earliest. Ms. Mayawati said that she had discussed state’s development at a recently concluded meeting with all the MPs held at her official residence on July 20, in which she had directed all the MPs to meet PM and other Union Ministers, so that projects pending at the Centre for approval could be cleared at the earliest. In this light, the delegation requested the PM to sanction Rs. 80,000 crore special economic package demanded by the UP Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati at the earliest to remove the regional imbalances. The MPs informed the PM that the Central Government had not taken any constructive initiative so far in this regard. They said that the Rs. 3506 crore drought relief package sanctioned for the Bundelkhand region was very little considering the geographical conditions of the region.
The delegation apprised the PM that the UP Government had requested the Ministry of Coal, Government of India to sanction coal linkages for thermal power plants to be set up at Etah, Sonbhadra, Lalitpur and Yamuna Express Way Authority Area. Besides, they also requested that 06 coal blocks should be allocated for UP considering the proposed increase in the power generation capacity of the State. The delegation apprised the Prime Minister that owing to the shortage of coal, the existing power plants could not use their full capacity. They said that the Centre should change its policy and decrease the linkages allocated for coastal States and it should provide requisite coal as per the linkage to the States like UP. The MPs said that the power projects based on imported coal should be set up in coastal areas and if the cost of the imported coal was higher, then the Centre should compensate the loss of these States. The Prime Minister lent a patient hearing to the delegation and assured that full help would be extended for sanctioning Rs. 80,000 crore economic package and allotment of coal linkage blocks.