Rs 2,000 cr plan for dalit bastis' uplift
TNN,Mar 12, 2011, 12.46am IST
LUCKNOW: Keeping impending elections to urban local bodies (ULB) in
mind, the BSP supremo and chief minister Mayawati on Friday announced
an ambitious Rs 2,000 crore scheme for the facelift of urban `dalit
bastis' in the state. The scheme is dedicated to the memory of BSP
founder Kanshi Ram, whose birth anniversary falls on March 15.
Announcing this here at a press conference, cabinet secretary Shashank
Shekhar Singh said that the fund earmarked for this purpose would be
in addition the provisions already made in the state annual budget
passed recently by both the houses of the state legislature.
Politically, the move is akin to that of the government's emphasis on
the development of Amebedkar Villages (having considerable dalit
population) in rural areas. Apparently aimed at expanding the BSP's
support base in urban areas, the motivation for this has apparently
come from the success of the government's initiative to regain the
pristine glory Hazratganj.
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