WITH A year left for the Assembly elections, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday inaugurated and laid foundation stones of development projects worth Rs 199 crore for Mahoba and Chitrakoot districts in Bundelkhand region.
Akhilesh inaugurated 19 development projects and laid foundation stones of 13 others — worth Rs 148 crore — in Mahoba. In Chitrakoot, he dedicated 16 projects worth Rs 51 crore.
The state government, as part of its recently announced relief package for drought-hit Bundelkhand, has decided to provide 10 kg of flour, 5 kg of pulse, 1 kg of desi ghee, 1 kg of milk powder, 5 litre of mustard oil and 25 kg of potato to each poor family.
While he distributed 1,500 such packets to Antyodaya families at the Polytechnic ground in Mahoba, he distributed 1,047 relief packets in Chitrakoot at a rally and laid foundation stones of several development projects. He is expected to spend the night in Chitrakoot.
Earlier in Mahoba, the CM targeted the Union government over what he termed “its failure to provide relief to farmers affected with hailstorm and drought”. While listing the schemes that his government has introduced, Akhilesh told the people that he has tried to bring about “balanced development” in both rural and urban areas.
“Development works undertaken by my government in the last four years are incomparable,” he claimed.
The Chief Minister expressed hope that his flagship Samajwadi Pension Scheme would bring the Samajwadi Party back to power in 2017.
“Samajwadi Pension scheme is one of the biggest social sector pension schemes of the country… It will help us return to power in Uttar Pradesh… The government has decided to provide Samajwadi Pension to women following the lacunae in the implementation of the saree distribution scheme,” he said.
He distributed cheques to 300 such beneficiaries under the scheme in Mahoba district, where he also gave away 200 bicycles, help for construction of 50 Lohia houses, Kanya Vidhya Dhan cheques to 200 girl students and 400 laptops to merit holders from the district.
The CM also laid foundation stones for upgradation of roads, inaugurated a new government high school, 50-bed maternity unit and a power sub-station in the district.
In Chitrakoot, the schemes inaugurated by Akhilesh included road projects, two community health centres, one maternity wing and a model school. He also felicitated 122 girl students under Kanya Vidhya Dhan and 250 under Samajwadi Pension Scheme.
Warning officers, Akhilesh said: “Officers found negligent in matters of law and order would not be spared.” The CM claimed his government has made efforts to improve the power supply situation in the Bundelkhand region and said that Chitrakoot will be promoted as a “tourist destination”.
Meanwhile, late Thursday night, the CM ordered the suspension of the chief medical officer, chief veterinary officer and additional transport officer of Chitrakoot district after he reportedly received serious complaints against them.