Keeping in view the intense cold wave that has enveloped the State; the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati has directed the officers to ensure that bonfires were lit up at the public places in all the 312 tehsils of the State. To save children from the cold wave, she has also ordered closure of all the schools up to class 8 till Saturday, 09 January 2010. She said that the State Government was committed to save poor and destitute from the cold wave.
The Chief Minister was reviewing the situation arising out of cold wave in the State at a high level meeting held at her official residence here today. She directed all the DMs to take steps to save poor and destitute people from the intense cold wave immediately. She asked all the DMs to ensure that bonfires were lit up at rural/urban public places in all the 312 tehsils of the State, so that poor and destitute people got relief. She also directed the DMs to ensure distribution of blankets free of cost to the poor and needy. Ms. Mayawati said that adequate amount had been arranged for the
bonfires and distribution of blankets among the poor and destitute all over the State. The Government had sanctioned Rs. 10.84 crore for bonfires and
distribution of blankets. She said that the DMs could withdraw additional amount if needed to provide relief to the people. This additional amount could be withdrawn from TR-27, so that the poor and needy faced no difficulty.
The Chief Minister asked the officers to ensure that adequate number of bonfires was set up in urban and rural areas of every tehsil. She said that the cooperation of local urban bodies should also be sought in it. She further directed the officers to set up rain-basera¼jSu&clsjk½, so that the poor and destitute did not face any difficulty.
Following the orders of Ms. Mayawati, the Chief Secretary has also directed all the DMs to set up bonfires in rural and urban areas of all the tehsils of the State and also ensure free distribution of blankets. It may be recalled that the State Government has allocated about Rs. 9.28
crore for the distribution of blankets among the poor which comes around Rs.2.57 lakh per tehsil. Besides, it has also sanctioned Rs. 1.56 crore for setting up bonfires in all the tehsils of the State which comes around Rs. 50,000 per tehsil. It may be recalled that the State Government has purchased blankets (1000 blankets per tehsil) from U.P. Handloom Corporation and U.P. Export Corporation to provide the same to the poor and needy in all the tehsils of the State.