The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Ms. Mayawati ji met the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in New Delhi today and requested him to immediately provide Central aid of Rs. 2351 cr. for the flood affected areas of the State. She pointed out that these areas had suffered heavy
losses due to unprecedented floods. Drawing Prime Minister’s attention towards the various projects related to roads, power, irrigation, scholarship, airport and coal allocation etc. pending with the Centre, she requested him that these projects should be approved at the earliest. She said that owing to the projects pending with the Centre, State’s development was being hampered. Apprising the P.M. of the wide destruction caused by the floods, the
C.M. requested him to provide a Central aid of Rs. 2351 cr. for the flood affected areas immediately and said that the State Government, keeping in
mind the precarious flood condition in western U.P., had declared 12 districts of the same as disaster affected area. She said that about 5959
villages of the 33 districts of the State had been affected by the floods and more than 08 lakh hectares of cultivable land had been affected. Above
425 people had died of floods and a large number of cattle had also perished. She said that the infrastructure facilities like roads, bridges,
embankments, wire lines/poles and a large number of houses had been damaged.
Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that she had written letters to the Prime Minister on September 22 and September 29, 2010 respectively to provide
Central aid for the flood affected areas of the State. She regretted that the Central Government had provided immediate aid to the flood affected State
of Uttarakhand, while the State Government had not been provided any assistance by the Centre so far. She pointed out that through her letter dated September 29 she had requested the Centre to send its team to the State to assess the losses caused by the floods, but it had not taken any initiative in this regard so far.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister ji, during her meeting with the P.M., also discussed the State Government’s proposals related with the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY). She said that projects worth Rs. 5962 cr. for linking villages having a population between 500 to 1000 under PMGSY and Rs. 9700 cr. projects under RGGVY for the electrification of 1.37 lakh majras had been pending with the Centre, but the State Government had not been provided any aid so far.
Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that the Central Government had adopted a discriminatory attitude towards the State on the issues related with the rural development. She said that the work to link villages having a population above 1000 had been completed under PMGSY and now proposal had been sent to the Centre to link villages having a population less than 1000. But, the Centre did not accept State’s proposal because in several States villages having population above 1000 could not be linked so far. She pointed out that U.P. was being punished for its excellent work.
Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that the work of the electrification of main villages and one majra had been included under the RGGVY. All the
majras had to be electrified under this scheme, she pointed out. The State Government demanded Central aid for the electrification of majras, but the
Centre said that at first all the States would complete the electrification of all the un-electrified villages. Thereafter, project to electrify all the majras would be sanctioned. But, the Centre sanctioned electrification of the majras in those States where the main villages had been already
electrified. In the case of Uttar Pradesh, the scheme for the electrification of majras was not sanctioned. She said that she had written letters to the Prime Minister in this regard earlier, but she regretted that the Centre had not provided aid for these schemes so far. She said that the Government of India’s aim of electrifying all the households of the country by year 2012 looked unachievable until and unless all the villages/majras of Uttar Pradesh were not electrified. Referring to the Central Road Fund, the Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that the standing committee had sanctioned projects worth Rs. 602 cr. out of which Rs. 434 cr. projects had been sanctioned by the Centre and a meagre amount of Rs. 1.80 cr. had been released against it. She requested the P.M. to release the sanctions immediately for this scheme.
She requested that the Central Government should release scholarship amount sanctioned for the OBC students immediately. She said that for the OBC students studying in pre-10th and post-10th classes, the Central Government provided 50 per cent and 100 per cent aid. So far, the Central Government had not released amount of Rs. 249.48 cr. under the pre-10th scholarship head and an amount of Rs. 304.76 cr. under the post- 10th head. She said that these amounts should be released at the earliest. She requested the P.M. to immediately release Central share of Rs. 855.98 cr. as applicable under the rules for the implementation of UGC pay scales for the teachers teaching in universities and affiliated degree colleges. She said that the UGC scales, as per the recommendations of the sixth pay commission, for the teachers teaching in universities and affiliated degree colleges, had been implemented from 01 January 2006 and the Government of India had to provide 80 per cent share in it.
Requesting the Prime Minister to sanction the project for the construction of roads linking the SSB police chowkis situated on the Indo- Nepal Border with the main roads of the bordering districts, she said that State Government’s proposal worth Rs. 1621 cr. projects had been pending with the Centre. She requested that the same should be sanctioned at the earliest. She said that most of the bordering States were under the thick forest cover. Therefore, it was necessary to create a road network in these areas to ensure smooth transportation. During the meeting, Hon’ble Chief Minister ji apprised the Prime Minister of the Rs. 8844 cr. U.P. State Road Project-III and said that the same was financed by the World Bank and it was pending with the Ministry of Road Transport, Government of India. The Ministry of Road Transport should have presented this project through Ministry of Finance to World Bank in June 2010, but it was kept pending unnecessarily. She said that this project had to be completed in 80 months. Therefore, if its approval was delayed, then its timely completion would also be affected and the people of the State would suffer.
Drawing Prime Minister’s attention towards the Saryu Project prepared for eastern U.P.; Hon’ble Chief Minister ji requested that this project should be immediately declared a national project under the AIBP. Demanding that the Rs. 7250 cr. proposal sent by the State Government for Saryu Canal Project should be approved immediately, she said that no project under AIBP had been declared national project in U.P. She said that the eastern U.P. was a backward area and this project would create an additional irrigation capacity of 14.04 lakh hectares. Hon’ble Chief Minister Ji said that the State Government had been ensuring appropriate management of financial resources, yet the Central Government was not cooperating with the State. She said that the State Government had been continuously saving revenue for the last five fiscals. She said that during the previous financial year which ended on 31 March 2010, the State Government achieved revenue saving of Rs. 7047 cr. She said that the States budgetary losses stood at 3.8 per cent of the GSDP at the end of the last fiscal. She requested the Prime Minister that considering the better financial record of the State Government; the Centre should amply support the State.
Emphasising the need to ensure uniform development of all the areas of the State, the Hon’ble Chief Minister ji requested the Prime Minister that
special economy assistance was required for the development of backward areas like Poorvanchal and Bundelkhand. She said that a Rs. 80,000 cr.
package had been sent to the Government of India earlier for the all round development of the State. She said that this proposal included the
development of infrastructure in Bundelkhand and Poorvanchal areas and also other important needs. She said that on the basis of the
recommendations of Dr. Samra Committee, the Central Government sanctioned special package of Rs. 3506 cr. for Bundelkhand region, but
major part of this package was included in the current Central schemes.
She pointed out that even after the announcement of this special package only Rs. 550 cr. annually and in all Rs. 1200 cr. would be available for the
development of Bundelkhand region, which was insufficient. She requested the Prime Minister to provide special area incentive package for
Bundelkhand and Poorvanchal regions as was provided to Uttarakhand and other States. Hon’ble Chief Minister ji, during the meeting, requested the P.M. to immediately sanction the Taj International Airport at Jewar. She reminded that during 26-05-2007 meeting, the Prime Minister had assured her that
the Central Government would approve TIA within 3 months, if the State Government was ready to accept the contractual obligations between the
Central Government and the developer of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). The State Government on 29-05-2007 had approved this
proposal as per the condition of the Central Government. She regretted that the Central Government had not sanctioned this important project so
Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that the Central Government earlier demanded Techno Economic Feasibility Report (TEFR) involving the Delhi
International Airport Limited (DIAL). Though, this request of the Central Government was not correct, because the same was a party in the DIAL
case, but the Central Government was emphasising that it would conduct another traffic study even though the State Government had given
supplementary TEFR. She said that the TIA project was feasible under the Green Field Airport Policy-2008 of the Central Government. She said that
owing to ever increasing air traffic at the IGIA, another airport for New Delhi was very much necessary. She said that second airports within a
radius of 150 km. have been sanctioned at Navi Mumbai, Mopa and Kannur. Therefore, the Centre should not delay the approval of TIA project.
Hon’ble Chief Minister ji apprised of the Prime Minister that there was short supply of power in comparison to demand, because no additional
power generation capacity had been created during the past 15 years. Elaborating upon the measures being taken by the State Government to
make the State self-sufficient in the field of power generation, she said that the State Government had decided to create an additional power
generation capacity of 25000 MW in next 07 years. She said that owing to the geographical constraints, the State was dependent on the coal
produced in the country. Therefore, the State Government had requested the Ministry of Coal to allocate coal linkages for setting up of the Thermal
Power Plants and also to allot 6 coal blocks earlier, so that enough coal was available for the proposed power projects. She requested the P.M. to
approve these proposals at the earliest. After the meeting, Hon’ble Chief Minister ji express the hope that the P.M. would seriously consider the requests of the State Government and direct the concerning ministries to take constructive decision in the favour of people of the Uttar Pradesh.