Monday, December 19, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Mayawati’s white paper: Inherited graft as legacy

Mayawati's white paper: Inherited graft as legacy
Deepa Jainani
Posted online: 2011-12-17 02:07:21+05:30

LucknowIn a first of sorts, the Uttar Pradesh government under
Mayawati issued a white paper on her performance but avoided any
mention of the controversies surrounding the government, including the
Greater Noida land sales, the allegations of siphoning of funds in the
National Rural Health Mission and accusations of land grab against
some of her party legislators.

The 84-page document drawn up hastily before the state assembly
elections nowhere says there is any room for improvement in the state
administration. It claims that accountability has been the key
elements of the decision making by the government. State cabinet
secretary Sashank Shekhar Singh said the Opposition parties should go
through the white paper "before making allegations of corruption". In
a statement issued with the document, Mayawati said she has inherited
corruption as a legacy of the past and is trying her best to eradicate

The paper contains details of the functioning of various projects of
two dozen departments including revenue, industrial development, cane
development, urban planning, power, agriculture, health, and rural
development. Each has worked in a "transparent and as per laid-down

The paper as well as the chief minister's statement was passed by the
state cabinet and read out by the cabinet secretary in a press

While the paper refers to the allotment of farmhouses, it makes no
mention of the controversies regarding the chief minister's quota.
Instead it says all land allotted for farmhouses has been as per the
procedure for allotment of institutional plots and the entire process
right from inviting applications through national dailies to the
evaluation of applications and documents thereof was transparent.

On the health mission, the white paper says the scheme was targeted to
raise institutional deliveries and, in other cases, for providing
financial assistance to women opting for home deliveries. As a result
the number of institutional deliveries has risen from 1.68 lakh in
2006-07 to 23.41 lakh in 2010-11.

The cabinet secretary said UP is the first to issue a white paper on
functions and tasks undertaken. "We have uploaded full information
related to the performance of 24 departments on the UP government
website. I want to tell you that we have been able to maintain
transparency in whatever work we have done so far," he said.


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