Citing Ambedkar, her love for law, Maya opens coffers
Express News Service Posted online: Fri Apr 15 2011, 03:41 hrs
Lucknow : Allocates Rs 60 cr for lawyers' welfare and Rs 500 cr for
construction of HC building
On the occasion of Dr B R Ambedkar's 120th birth anniversary on
Thursday, Chief Minister Mayawati announced her government's decisions
to sanction funds worth about Rs 60 crore for the welfare of the state
lawyers and Rs 500 crore for a new building of Lucknow Bench of
Allahabad High Court. Besides, an additional fund of Rs 50 crore would
be given for the purpose of providing library facilities for judges
and to meet their other requirements in consultation with the Chief
Addressing a gathering on the premises of Dr B R Ambedkar Samajik
Parivartan Sthal, Mayawati said her government has left behind other
governments, including Central governments, in honouring Baba Saheb.
"Baba Saheb was an expert on law. I was impressed by him and have done
law graduation also," she told the gathering.
In February, lawyers were lathicharged by the police when they had
tried to march towards the Chief Minister's residence to handover her
a memorandum demanding allocation of funds in the state budget for
their welfare schemes. The state's main Opposition Samajwadi Party
(SP) had tried to make it an issue by claiming the previous Mulayam
Singh government had allocated funds for lawyers' welfare schemes.
Mayawati claimed the previous government had tried to mislead the
lawyers by making announcement for funds without making budgetary
allocation for the same.
She said the state government has decided to provide Rs 60 crore to
the board of trustees meant for lawyers. The funds would be used for
the welfare schemes like insurance protection, pension for the widows
of lawyers, library facilities and construction of their chambers.
Regarding Rs 500 crore fund for construction of a new building of
Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High court, she said it is the state's
share and added the Centre has so far not given its share for the
In another development, the CM also announced the decision to engage
government lawyers for fighting the cases filed by BPL families and
cases of those who are covered under the Uttar Pradesh Mukhya Mantri
Mahamaya Arthik Garib Yojana.
She clarified the beneficiaries would get such benefits only in those
cases in which the state government is not an opposite party. The
government lawyers would not charge any fee for this.
On the occasion, the CM also highlighted the contribution made by Baba
Saheb in the empowerment of the weaker section of the society by
making special provisions for them in the Indian Constitution.
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