UP sets up Advisory Council; Mishra likely to head it

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Lucknow, Nov 13 (UNI) Four months after the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh disbanded the much-hyped UP Development Council constituted during previous Mulayam Singh Yadav regime, a new high-level UP State Advisory Council (UPSAC) has been set up to monitor, suggest and execute various aspects of development, law and order and legislation.

A proposal to this effect has been cleared by the state cabinet and a Government Order (GO) in this regard has already been issued on October 31 by the state Home department -- designated as the nodal department for the Council.

Interestingly, the Council is likely to be headed by BSP General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra who had resigned only yesterday as Cabinet Minister since he was not the member of either houses of the legislature.

The UPSAC, to be headed by a chairman of cabinet minister rank, would have Chief Secreatry, principal secretaries of Finance, Home, Planning and Law departments as its members.

According to highly placed sources, Mr Mishra, a close lieutenant of Chief Minister Mayawati, is expected to be nominated as the Chairman of the Council.

Ms Mayawati, immediately after taking over as the Chief Minister in May last, had disbanded the UP Development Council (UPDC) headed by Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh.

As per the mandate of the new council, it would review and monitor the implementation of developmental schemes, consistently review and suggest betterment of law and order, as well as give suggestions with regards to various state policies and legislations.

Sources told UNI that no parallel should be drawn between the UPDC and UPSAC ''as the former had known industrialists as its members and was set up to benefit those who were close to Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mr Amar Singh.'' On the other hand, the new council would have bureaucrats as its members and the functioning would be monitored by a political head.

UNI

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