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C.M. writes letter to P.M., terms Bundelkhand package as insufficient

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati in a letter written to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today termed the package announced for Bundelkhand as insufficient. She said that only Rs. 1595 crore had been sanctioned as additional central assistance for three years. In this way, only Rs.550 crore would be given to Uttar Pradesh per year. The remaining amount would become available through conversion from the Central schemes running already, she said adding that the people of Bundelkhand had felt cheated by this meagre assistance. She has requested the Prime Minister to direct the Central Planning Commission to arrange enough resources by the Centre for the allround development of Bundelkhand area. It may be recalled that the Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati had requested for Rs. 80,000 crore special package for the development of Bundelkhand area and the State by meeting P.M. Dr. Manmohan Singh personally after coming in power in May 2007, but the Central Government has sanctioned only Rs. 7,266 crore package for the Bundelkhand area covering Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh for three years on November 20, 2009, out of which U.P. will get only Rs. 550 crore per year.

The Chief Minister has drawn the attention of P.M. towards the decision of implementing the announced package from the year 2009-10. In such a situation, keeping in view the limited period of the financial year, it would be proper that National Rain-Fed Area Authority should end the process of projects

assessment and the sanctioning right should be given to the state directly. She said that the people of Bundelkhand wished that besides, the fundamental facilities they could get such a positive atmosphere including the social and economic result oriented long term schemes to cope with the developed areas.

The Chief Minister has requested that in view of adverse circumstances of Bundelkhand, the Centre should make positive and effective efforts for the development of the area. She said that the geographical situation of Bundelkhand was like other states, which had been sanctioned special area incentive package and had been given concession in Central excise duty and income tax. The Bundelkhand should also be given special area incentive package for the industrial development of the area, she added.

Ms. Mayawati while referring to her earlier letters written to the Prime Minister said that keeping in view the limited resources of the State, a large scale planning was needed by the Centre in agriculture, industry and service sector for the all-round development of Bundelkhand. She has also requested the Centre that projects equivalent to Central Railway Coach Factory, National Institute of Fashion Technology Research, National Auto-Mobile Testing and Research Infrastructure, All India Institute of Medical Sciences should be established and arrangements for coal linkage be made for power projects.

Branch, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, National Auto-Mobile Testing and Research Infrastructure, All India Institute of Medical Sciences should be established and arrangements for coal linkage be made for power projects.

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