Satish Chandra Mishra to head UP Advisory Council

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Lucknow, Nov 16 (UNI) Four months after the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh disbanded the much-hyped UP Development Council constituted during the 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 close confidante of Ms Mayawati and former state minsiter Satish Chandra Mishra will be the new chairman of the UPSAC.

Mr Mishra, a Rajya Sabha member, who resigned from the state cabinet on November 12, would be accorded cabinet rank status as the chairman of the new council.

Notification of the UPSAC with Mr Mishra as its first chairman was issued here today.

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

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

Ms Mayawati, immediately after taking over as the CM in May, 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 boss.

UNI

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