UP most disciplined state in power consumption: Govt.

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Lucknow, Dec 6 (UNI) Continuing its tirade against the Centre over the issue of giving less share in power, Uttar Pradesh government today said that UP was the most disciplined state in comparison to other states.

While other states like Haryana, Punjab and Uttarkhand withdrew more power than UP, it was unfortunate that the state was blamed and termed ''indisciplined'' by the Centre, said state principal secretary (Chief Minister) Shailesh Krishna here today.

Haryana's overdrawal was 16 per cent, Punjab consumed 18 per cent and Uttarkhand overdrew 28 per cent in November, but the Centre has been blaming UP for the overdrawal which was only 12 per cent, he said.

Mr Krishna said the Centre was being biased while not allotting any of the eight ultra mega power projects of 4000 MW each during the 11th five year plan.'' Had any of this project been given to UP, the state would have received 50-60 per cent of the share of power to a great relief to the people of the state,'' he said.

The government official maintained that UP was the only state which was getting 32 per cent elecricity from the Central power projects as state's share while other states were receiving 50-60 per cent of power.

Earlier on Tuesday, blaming the Centre for giving step- motherly treatment to UP on power requirements, Ms Mayawati had said the UPA government at the Centre was still to decide on the special package of Rs 80,000 crore demanded by the state government. This package included Rs 6800 crore towards betterment of power management in the state, she pointed out.

The arrangement of funds would have been in the interest of the people of the state and would have gone towards the development but sadly, the Centre had not taken any initiative in this regard,the UP CM said.

''I have already written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on this issue but he has not been forthcoming in this regard,''she said.

UNI

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