Saturday, December 5, 2009

[ZESTCaste] Cong asks BSP govt to release white paper on central grants

Cong asks BSP govt to release white paper on central grants
TNN 5 December 2009, 04:09am IST

LUCKNOW: Taking strong exceptions to chief minister Mayawati's
contention terming the Bundelkhand's development package as `not
sufficient', the Congress has asked the chief minister to release a
white paper mentioning therein that where her government had spent the
amount of Rs one lakh 619 crore, 33 lakh and 75,000 sanctioned by the

UPCC chief spokesperson Akhilesh Pratap Singh said in an statement
that the the state government, during the last two-and-a half-year
period, had received about Rs 50,000 crore from the Centre under the
non-plan head but instead of utilising this amount on Bundelkhand the
chief minister was spending it on installing statues, constructing
parks and memorials and on her security.

He said that if the CM had been sincere in the development of
Bundelkhand, she would have spent such a colossal amount in the
development of the state and her government would not have required
special package for development of Bundelkhand.

"Since Mayawati took over as chief minister of UP, the state's income
had reached its lowest ebb. The annual revenue receipt of the state
government is just about Rs 5,000 crore whereas an amount of Rs 8,000
crore had been spent in the construction of parks and memorials and
installing the statues of Dalit icons. Before demanding any special
package, it is the duty of the chief minister to inform the people as
to where she had used the public money", demanded the Congress leader.

It may be mentioned that Mayawati in a letter written to Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh had said that Rs 1,595 crore package approved
by the Centre for Bundelkhand's development was too meagre and that
there was a need to enhance the package for all-round development of
the Bundelkhand.

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