Scheme in memory of Kanshiram: Mayawati

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Lucknow, Oct 7: Close on the heels of launching a rural development scheme in the name of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh today announced an urban development scheme in the memory of Bahujan Samaj Party national president Kanshiram to mark his first death anniversary on Tuesday.

The decision to implement the 'Manyawar Shri Kanshiramji Shahri Samagra Vikas Yojna' was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mayawati here today. A committee would be set up under the district magistrates for formulating, implementating and monitoring the scheme, Ms Mayawati told reporters after the meeting.

''One-fourth population of the state lives in urban areas and 40 per cent of the urban population lacked civic amenities and in the absence of basic facilities the situation is on downfall,'' Ms Mayawati said. She claimed that the government was of the opinion that development of the urban areas was incomplete till the poor were lifted.

''Under the new scheme, people with a poor financial background would get basic fundamental amenities in the urban areas so that they could join the mainstream, the wards of nagar nigam and nagar palika parishad areas would be considered as a unit of development.

These wards would include infrastructural facilites and various programmes of social security,'' she added.

A total of 16 programmes would be launched as part of the scheme.

In a bid to implement the programme on a fast pace, the state government has also decided to set up a 'Shahri Samagra Vikas' department.

While an amount of Rs 2500 crore would be spent during the current fiscal, Rs 15000 crore would be utilised on the scheme in the next five years, the Chief Minister said.

UNI

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