CM unveils 484 projects on Kanshi Ram's death anniv
Sunday, 09 October 2011 21:29
PNS | Lucknow
On the fifth death anniversary of Bahujan Samaj Party founder Kanshi
Ram, Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday inaugurated and dedicated to
the people of the state 484 projects worth Rs 6,035 crore saying those
would help usher in a social revolution in the country.
"These projects are meant for the development of sarv samaj and will
help in obliterating the lines dividing people on the basis of caste
and religion," the Chief Minister said while addressing party workers
who assembled at Kanshi Ram Smarak Sthal where the main function was
held on Sunday morning.
Mayawati and senior leaders of the party, including some ministers,
paid floral tributes to the 'samadhi' where the 'asthi kalash'
(urncontaining ashes) of Kanshi Ram was kept under a decorated dome.
The Chief Minister lighted a candle amidst the chants of Buddhist
monks as leaders and senior bureaucrats stood in silence.
Majority of the projects dedicated to the people on Sunday were named
after Kanshi Ram. A new scheme, Shri Kanshiram Ji Shahri Dalit Bahulya
Basti Samagra Vikas Yojna' (Urban Dalit-dominated slum composite
development scheme) was launched under which Dalit-dominated slums
will be identified in all districts of the state and holistic
development projects will be launched there. It will include laying of
CC (cement concrete) road and construction of covered drainage system
in these identified areas.
"Kanshi Ramji dedicated his life for the uplift of the poor and
downtrodden. By initiating these projects in his name, my government
is trying to give recognition to the humanitarian work carried out by
the founder-president of the BSP," Mayawati said.
In her brief address, Mayawati narrated in detail the welfare schemes
and the memorials and parks constructed by her government to honour
Dalit leaders of the country.
"The Opposition parties have always questioned the construction of
parks and memorials in the name of Dalit icons. Leaders of these
parties have called this a wasteful expenditure. From October 1, 2011,
the government has imposed entry fees in these memorials. People are
coming in hoards to visit these memorials, and this in turn is helping
the government in earning revenue. The money earned this way will be
used for maintenance of these memorials," she said.
Mayawati also laid the foundation of housing projects for 1720
residents with an investment of Rs 66.53 crore in Meerut, Bulandshahr,
Muzaffarnagar, Sonebhadra and Azamgarh.
A large number of people had gathered at the Smarak Sthal to pay
homage to late Kanshi Ram. Slogans of 'Kanshi Ram amar rahe' rent the
air when Mayawati inaugurated as well as dedicated to people 484
projects. Once the Chief Minister left, they entered the samadhi to
pay floral tributes to the BSP founder.
The BSP also organised various programmes to pay tributes to its
founder Kanshi Ram on his death anniversary at all district
headquarters. Senior party leaders, including legislators and MPs,
attended these functions.
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