Wednesday, August 10, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Maya snubs CAG, allocates more money to Dalit memorials

Maya snubs CAG, allocates more money to Dalit memorials
Manjari Mishra & Ashish Tripathi, TNN | Aug 9, 2011, 06.58PM IST

LUCKNOW: Mayawati government tabled supplementary budget of over Rs
10,800 crore in the assembly on Tuesday amid uproar by Opposition over
corruption and breakdown of law and order in the state.

The supplementary budget has allocated Rs 26 crore rupees for
providing security to chief minister Mayawati. The amount money will
be used to buy cars and 10 jammer vehicles.

Further, Rs 20 crore have been allocated for maintenance of two
government bungalows allotted to Maya in the state capital.
Significantly, despite being hauled up in the report of Comptroller
and Auditor General's (CAG) for wasteful expenditure of over Rs 60
crore on memorials constructed in the name of Dalit icons, the UP
government has allocated Rs 41 crore for beautification of Kanshi Ram
Eco park in Lucknow.

Apart from Rs 300 crore for widening of roads and over Rs 140 crore
for MNREGA, one fourth of the budget is for expenses on Dalit and
backward classes welfare schemes like Kanshiram urban housing scheme
for poor, Savitri Bai Phule Balika Madad scheme to support education
of Dalit and backward classes girls. The allocations have been made
keeping in mind BSP's core vote bank. The state assembly elections are
due in April 2012. Maya has only seven moths to prepare for the polls.

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