Monday, December 12, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Bundelkhand package: Maya under Plan panel scanne

Bundelkhand package: Maya under Plan panel scanne
Prasad Nichenametla, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 12, 2011

The Planning Commission has asked the Mayawati government in Uttar
Pradesh to give details of the money spent and work done under the
Bundelkhand Special Package to the state. A monitoring committee on
Monday reviewed the progress of the Rs7266 crore package approved by
the UPA
government two years back for the drought-hit region in Uttar Pradesh
and Madhya Pradesh.

The UP assembly recently passed a resolution to divide the state UP
into four parts — Bundelkhand being one of them — for better
administration and development. The state is going to polls early next

At a public hearing on Bundelkhand in the Capital last week, Congress
general secretary Rahul Gandhi's said the state had failed in
delivering benefits to the Bundelkhand poor. "The package was sent
because of the drought, backwardness and migration in the region. It
is not the Centre's or UP's, it is yours," he had said.

The monitoring panel, which expressed satisfaction with the progress
in the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, questioned the information provided
by the UP officials.

"While MP faired well, there are some gaps in information (money
utilised etc) in case of UP. We have asked the state to furnish
details immediately, so that we can asses the progress properly,"
Mihir Shah, co-chair of the panel told HT after the meet. The plan
panel has called another review with UP officials later this month.

Planning commission deputy chief Montek Singh Ahluwalia and member
secretary Sudha Pillai, who visited the Uttar Pradesh earlier, found
the progress un-satisfactory.

"The physical progress which should have been 50% of the package
target by now, stands as low as 25 % in case of UP," J S Samrat, CEO,
National Rainfed Area Authority and member of review committee said.


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