Kanshiram Samagraya Vikas Yojna being neglected
TNN, Mar 15, 2010, 11.13pm IST
ALLAHABAD: Crores of rupees have been spent to observe the birth
anniversary of Dalit icon Kanshiram but the project named after him
for the development of the selected wards in cities has been
forgotten. The State government has announced the Kanshiram Samagraya
Vikas Yojna with fanfare for the infrastructural development of
selected wards but the money meant for the project was stopped midway,
giving jolt to the project.
Under the scheme, as many as 38 wards would have been selected for
development in the city over a period of five years.
In the first phase, Katra, Muthiganj-II, Jayantipur and Sulemsarai
were selected. In the second phase, Rajapur, Sadiapur, Kareli, Atala,
Rajrooppur, Civil Lines-II and Colonelganj. After that, no other wards
Though there was some work in the first phase in some of the selected
wards but the work in the second phase was negligible. The corporators
have complained about the quality of work in the first phase. Katra
corporator Anand Agarwal said that the work order was released for the
construction of road in Machi Bazaar area of the ward but it has not
started till date.
As far as infrastructural facilities are concerned, the water woes of
the selected ward should be solved. Improvement of the drainage system
and construction of cemented roads are other areas. The faulty
streetlights were meant to be changed.
Various social programmes were to be taken up in the selected wards
like giving pension to old persons, widows and handicapped.
Establishment of health centres and vaccination to children were also
part of the scheme.
In addition to this, scholarships should also have been given to
students belonging to Scheduled Castes, scheduled tribes, minorities,
handicapped and poor children of general classes. The ward also has
the facility of beautification of the parks and the development of
The true tribute to Kanshiram would be taking a vow to work for the
upliftment of downtrodden and neglected sections of the society.
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