Mayawati to unveil RTI spinoff on her birthday

Lucknow, Jan 14 (PTI) Inspired by the RTI Act, UttarPradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is all set to bring in a newlegislation aimed at making government officials "accountableto the common man".

The Janhit Guarantee Bill, to be unveiled by the BSPsupremo on her 55th birthday tomorrow, promises timelydelivery of information and documents like birth and deathcertificates and revenue records to the people, an officialsaid.

It also empowers the people to file complaints againstofficials in case of a delay.

The people can appeal to Commissioners about the delayand the officials will be fined if the complaints are found tobe true, he said.

The proposed legislation is on the lines of the Rightto Information Act (RTI) which came into effect in the countryin 2005.

Besides this, "a hike in financial assistance from Rs300 per month to Rs 400 per month under Mukhyamantri MahamayaGarib Arthik Madad Yojna, which was launched on her previousbirthday, will be announced by the chief minister," theofficial said.

The Chief Minister will be gifting mobile medicalunits in remote areas of 15 districts where health facilitiesare almost negligible, like Naxal affected areas.

Mayawati will also be launching the second phase ofa sewerage treatment plant in Lucknow, besides dedicating tothe people the renovation project in Hazratganj, one of theoldest markets in the city which completed 200 years lastmonth.

Among the new projects to be inaugurated by the ChiefMinister are an auditorium constructed by Rajkiya NirmanNigam at Ram Manohar Lohia National University (RMLNLU), whichis named after Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

"The auditorium spread over an area of around 1,200square metre will have a capacity of 3,100," the officialsaid.

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