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Centre should make arrangements to remove social and regional imbalances without any discrimination

Central Government should immediately release Rs. 2000 crore earmarked for scholarship of OBC students
Approve 15 lakh Indira Avas annually during 11th Five Year Plan
Don’t discriminate against states for establishing Dalhan evam Tilhan Gram Sthapana Yojana
Amount to be provided to villages selected under Pradhan Mantri Adharsh Gram Yojana inadequate
Adopt policy of allocating 75 per cent power to states instead of Gadgil formula

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati, during a meeting of the National Development Council (NDC) presided over by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and held at New Delhi today, said that the Central Government should come forward to bring the poor and exploited people back to the mainstream of development and also remove the regional imbalances. She demanded from the Centre to sanction various projects pending with it. She further demanded that the Centre should also release various amounts payable to the State under different heads. She expressed the hope that the Central Government would extend all possible cooperation to the UttarPradesh.

The meeting of the NDC had been called to review the situation arising out of the midterm appraisal of the 11th Five Year Plan and also to review various important points. The U.P. Parliamentary Minister Mr. Lalji Verma represented the Chief Minister at the meeting and presented her statement. She said that the midterm appraisal pointed out that the backward states and all the sections of the society were not getting equal opportunities. To provide equal opportunities to all the sections of the society and to ensure their progress and prosperity, action should be taken by putting aside political jealousy. Expressing gratitude towards the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for holding such an important meeting, the Chief Minister said that all of us should give serious thought to give development a new direction on the basis of midterm appraisal. She said that during the 11th Five Year Plan the concept of faster and inclusive growth had been conceived so that all round development of all the sections and regions of the state could be ensured.

The Chief Minister said that special mention of global meltdown, drought etc, had been made in the midterm appraisal. Allocation of necessary resources needed for the development works of Uttar Pradesh had been given top priority. Owing to it, the growth rate of the state stood at 7.9 per cent during 2007-08 and 7.2 per cent during the year 2008-09, even though the conditions were adverse. But, the ever rising inflation had made life difficult for the poor people. She said that keeping economic condition of the poor, the Central Government should make proper arrangements to provide relief to them.
The C.M. said that the Centre had kept the BPL list of 2002 intact so far and it was adversely affecting the poor families. She said that the U.P. Government had requested the Centre several times to include such families in the list. But, any action in this regard was still awaited. The Uttar Pradesh Government, with an objective to improve the economic condition of such poor families, had decided to implement UP Mukhya Mantri Mahamaya Gharib Arthik Madad Yojana through its own limited resources. As many as 30 lakh families would be benefited by this scheme during the first phase.

The Chief Minister said that the midterm appraisal pointed that the share of the Central assistance, being provided to the States, had been dwindling gradually. She said that the banks should prepare their schemes to accelerate the disbursal of loans. They should also cooperate in the implementation of the schemes being conducted by the State Government.

The C.M. said that the removal of regional imbalances should be given top priority. She said that the imbalances present between the states and within the State would have far-reaching ramifications. She said that Rs. 80,000 crore special economic package had been demanded from the Centre to remove imbalances, but the Centre had not taken any step in this regard. She said that a drought relief package of Rs. 3506 crore had been sanctioned for Bundelkhand region, which was very little amount considering the geographical conditions of this area.

The C.M. said that despite high growth rate, the condition of poor and farmers was precarious. The farmers were not getting remunerative prices of their produce, she pointed out. The agriculture growth rate, fixed for the 11th Five Year Plan for the entire country, was lagging way behind. There were immense possibilities of development of agriculture in the country and the Centre should come forward to translate them into reality. The Chief Minister said that her Government had accorded top priority to the development of agriculture. The farmers were being provided 90 per cent subsidy on gypsum and zinc sulphate for land reclamation to encourage organic farming and bio fertilizer. She said that there was a need to increase the limit of subsidy payable on hybrid paddy varieties from Rs. 40 to Rs. 100 or 50 per cent of the cost. She said that any differentiation between the development of agriculture of various states cannot be accepted. She said that under the Dalhan evam Tilhan Gram Sthapana Yojana, only 5400 villages had been selected in Uttar Pradesh, while 10200 villages had been selected in Maharashtra for this scheme. She demanded from the Centre to take at least 5 projects as national irrigation projects to
meet the challenges of a large state like Uttar Pradesh.

Expressing her views on MNREGA, the C.M. said that this scheme should not be confined to merely providing employment of 100 days only. She said that the problem of unemployment cannot be solved without providing permanent source of employment to the people. She said that it was being emphasised to arm panchayats with all the power, so that they could be made self-reliant. She said that an amount of Rs. 10 lakh per village, being provided under the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana, was inadequate. Emphasising the need to accelerate the pace of development in the naxal affected areas, she demanded from the Government of India that Sonbhadra, Mirzapur and Chandauli should also be included in the list of 33 districts affected by naxalism.

Underlining the important role of power, roads and transport for the development of infrastructure facilities of the state, the Chief Minister said that the Central Government should extend its cooperation in this regard. She said that efforts were being made to set up about 5000 MW new projects during the 11th Five Year Plan and 25000 MW new projects between 12th Five Year Plan. She requested the Ministry of Coal to sanction coal linkages for thermal power plants to be set up in Etah, Sonbhadra, Lalitpur and Yamuna Expressway Authority Area. She emphasised that the policy of allocating 75 per cent power to the States should be adopted instead of the Gadgil Formula.

The C.M. said that all the villages/majras having a population of 1000 or above had been linked under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna. She said that the scheme to link villages/majras having a population of 500 or above was not being sanctioned on the pretext that the scheme to link villages/majras having a population of 1000 and above was not still fully implemented in other states. On the other hand, electrification of majras was not being sanctioned under the
Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojna, while the electrification of all the majras of other states had been completed. She said that the
Centre should bear 90 per cent cost under the Right to Education Act. She demanded that Rs. 22868 crore should be provided to UP for the development of education infrastructure in the short span of three years. Welcoming Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, she said that UP was being discriminated under this scheme. She said that there was a need to amend this scheme.

The C.M. requested that all the beneficiaries of the widow pension and disabled pension scheme should also be covered under National Social Assistance Scheme like the beneficiaries of old age pension. Besides, she also emphasised that Central assistance should be provided, so that the students of the pre-10th could also be provided scholarship like the post-10th students. She said that central assistance for the ICDS program should be made 100 per cent as earlier. She said that the SC should also be given right to get forest land like the STs under the Forest Rights Act. The Chief Minister also demanded 90 per cent subsidy on the projects of those areas which were often hit by drought, besides the DPAP declared development blocks. Terming the amount of Rs. 57 crore allocated for 27 districts of eastern U.P. for the green revolution project as inadequate, she said that at least Rs. 10 crore should be provided for each district. She emphasised that the limit of refinancing for NABARD set for providing loan facility to the farmers under the cooperative sector, should be raised from the existing 40 per cent to 75 per cent. She also requested the Centre to sanction 15 lakh houses per year annually under the Indira Avas Scheme for the 11th Five Year Plan.

The C.M. requested that Rs. 9700 crore should be sanctioned for projects for the electrification of 1.37 lakh majras and Rs. 5962 crore should be sanctioned for projects proposed under PMGSY. The Chief Minister demanded that the International Airport and Aviation Hub Project proposed to be set up at Jewar should be given agreement in principle. Besides, the airport, being set up at Kushinagar on PPP basis, should be given NOC at the earliest. Besides, she also demanded that Rs. 2000 crore amount for the scholarship of the OBC students should be released immediately. Besides, one-time additional central assistance of Rs. 83.31 crore should be released for Aganbari centres. She also demanded 50 per cent increase in the basic structure of the courts and to provide 50 per cent of the estimated expenditure of Rs. 772 crore for the new building of Lucknow Bench.

The C.M. also demanded special encouragement for the states to upgrade the arms and ammunition of the police force and to provide them latest equipment. The Chief Secretary Mr. Atul Kumar Gupta, Infrastructure Development Commissioner and Principal Secretary Finance Mr. Anoop Mishra and Principal Secretary Planning Mr. Manjeet Singh participated in the meeting on behalf of the State Government.

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