Monday, May 24, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Mayawati's yes for special force for statues, memorials

Mayawati's yes for special force for statues, memorials

Indo-Asian News Service
Lucknow, May 24, 2010

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is set to go ahead with her
decision to form a special force to protect her multi-billion dream
projects -- memorials and statues, officials said on Monday.

"We will have the new outfit in place by next month. We commenced the
recruitment exercise a couple of months ago," disclosed state police
chief Karamveer Singh.

"Since the entire recruitment was to be of ex-servicemen whose list
had been sought from the local soldiers' welfare board, the process
would not take time," he said.

The new State Special Zone Security Force will be designated to guard
different memorials and statues raised by Mayawati at a whopping cost
of more than Rs.6,000 crore.

These include the Ambedkar Memorials in Lucknow and Noida, Kanshi Ram
Memorial, Kanshi Ram Sanskritik Sthal, Rama Bai Ambedkar Maidan,
Buddha Vihar and Kashi Ram Green Eco Garden -- all in Lucknow.

The Kashi Ram Green Eco Garden is coming up on the sprawling 120-acre
of land vacated after the shifting of the Lucknow district jail to the
city's outskirts.

However, it is learnt that the central government is against setting
up such a special force with powers to arrest and prosecute.

Highly placed sources told IANS that the central government had
written to Governor B.L. Joshi, saying the creation of such a force
would be illegal.

The idea is to give the force a permanent status because a similar
force created by the previous Mayawati regime in 2003 was disbanded by
her successor Mulayam Singh Yadav.

While Raj Bhawan sources are tight-lipped, a top official said: "The
state government does not necessarily require an enactment for raising
a special force. It could be done through a simple administrative
order. That has already been issued."

As per the original plan, the new force of about 1,000 men would be
headed by an officer of the rank of inspector general, who will be
assisted by a superintendent of police and a few deputy

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