UP: Bundelkhand soon to be separate state

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Jhansi, Jan 17: To make Bundelkhand a separate state, the Congress Coordination Committee today passed a resolution demanding the Centre to set up the Second State Reorganisation Commission.

UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi addressed mediapersons here after the conclusion of the second Congress Coordination Committee that comprises 32 members.

The first party Coordination Committee was held on November 12, 2007.

Besides, the Congress demanded the Uttar Pradesh Government to pass a resolution which was brought up by the Congress MLA private members during the last assembly session with regard to Bundelkhand being made a separate state.

The committee noted that, '' Drinking water management and migration check would be the main priorities in the Bundelkhand package.

'' The package demanded for the region by the Mayawati Government was not clear...Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked the Planning Commission to oversee the matter,'' the Committee added.

The meeting took serious note of the misuse of centrally- sponsored funds, observing that only 5 to 10 per cent of development schemes were implementated in the Bundelkhand region.

A 'Hisaab Mango Abhiyan' would be initiated by the Congress at the block level in which all the records regarding the funds received from the Centre would be kept.

Besides, the state government would be made answerable.

AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi would adopt one block in Amethi, while the party's state unit in charge Digvijay Singh would adopt the most backward block in Sonebhadra.

Regarding the pending dues of cane farmers, the Congress would take out a rally in east, west and Mid UP.

UNI

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