Maya to guv: persuade Centre to aid drought-hit Bundelkhand

Written by FE states | Lucknow, Jan 27 | Updated: Jan 28 2008, 06:53am hrs
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati has once again targeted the Centre over the relief package for Bundelkhand. In a letter to governor TV Rajeswar, the chief minister has asked him to use his office to convince the Centre on the need for a special package for drought hit Bundelkhand region.

While apprising the governor about the steps taken by the state government to provide relief to the drought affected areas, she said that financial assistance from the Centre was necessary to provide relief to farmers in the nine districts of Bundelkhand region.

She has asked the governor to convince the Centre for releasing funds so that relief measures could be taken on a priority. In her letter, she has also targeted the Congress and Samajwadi Party for indulging in politics in the name of drought.

"In the 60 years of independence, Congress ruled Uttar Pradesh for 38 years but it did nothing to remove the state's backwardness," she said. She further said that the BSP has formed a government in Uttar Pradesh four times and ruled for about three years only, yet it has done a lot for Bundelkhand. She also accused the previous Samajwadi Party government for not doing anything regarding this and said out of nine drought-hit districts, only Jalaun and Jhansi were provided paltry relief in the form of Rs 1 crore and Rs 81 lakh respectively.

Apprising the governor of the steps taken to improve the quality of life of the people of Bundelkhand, Mayawati said that her government had declared the entire region drought-hit on September 7, 2007 and released Rs 2 crore for each district. Besides, Rs 118 crore was released for seeds and other agricultural needs and Rs 415 crore for the welfare works. Mayawati added that farmers in Bundelkhand are not in a position to repay their debts and that is why a debt relief package of Rs 2,097 crore was demanded from the Centre.

She said that the Union government has given Rs 1,900 crore package in the same head to Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, but no amount has been released for UP so far.