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The Awakened One-The Wings to Awakening -F. The Five Strengths (§§90-91)
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The Awakened One

The Wings to Awakening

An Anthology from the Pali Canon

Translated and Explained
by
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
(Geoffrey DeGraff)

F. The Five Strengths (§§90-91)

§ 90. There are these five strengths. Which five? Strength of conviction, strength of persistence, strength of mindfulness, strength of concentration, & strength of discernment. These are the five strengths.

Just as the River Ganges flows to the east, slopes to the east, inclines to the east, in the same way when a monk develops & pursues the five strengths, he flows to Unbinding, slopes to Unbinding, inclines to Unbinding.

And how is it that when a monk develops & pursues the five strengths, he flows…slopes…inclines to Unbinding?

There is the case where the monk develops strength of conviction dependent on seclusion, dependent on dispassion, dependent on cessation, resulting in letting go. He develops strength of persistence…mindfulness… concentration…discernment dependent on seclusion…dispassion…cessation, resulting in letting go.

This is how a monk, when developing & pursuing the five strengths, flows…slopes…inclines to Unbinding.

– S.L.1


§ 91. There is a manner of reckoning whereby the five faculties are the same as the five strengths, and the five strengths the same as the five faculties. And what is that method?

Whatever is the faculty of conviction, that is the strength of conviction. Whatever is the strength of conviction, that is the faculty of conviction. Whatever is the faculty of persistence, that is the strength of persistence. Whatever is the strength of persistence, that is the faculty of persistence. Whatever is the faculty of mindfulness, that is the strength of mindfulness. Whatever is the strength of mindfulness, that is the faculty of mindfulness. Whatever is the faculty of concentration, that is the strength of concentration. Whatever is the strength of concentration, that is the faculty of concentration. Whatever is the faculty of discernment, that is the strength of discernment. Whatever is the strength of discernment, that is the faculty of discernment.

Imagine a river — flowing, sloping, inclining toward the east — in whose midst is an island. There is a manner of reckoning whereby the river is classified as one current, and another manner of reckoning whereby it is classified as two.

And what is the first manner of reckoning? Whatever water lies to the east of the island, and whatever water lies to the west. This is the manner of reckoning whereby the river is classified as one current.

And what is the second manner of reckoning? Whatever water lies to the north of the island, and whatever water lies to the south. This is the manner of reckoning whereby the river is classified as two.

In the same way, whatever is the faculty of conviction, that is the strength of conviction. Whatever is the strength of conviction, that is the faculty of conviction…Whatever is the faculty of discernment, that is the strength of discernment. Whatever is the strength of discernment, that is the faculty of discernment.

– S.XLVIII.43

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True Teachings of The Awakened One-A Meal-Whenever one gives the gift of food, five wonderful things are also given, automatically, to both giver and recipient alike. [Often chanted by monks as a blessing after receiving food or other offerings.]
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True Teachings of The Awakened One

 

A Meal

Translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Whenever one gives the gift of food, five wonderful things are also given, automatically, to both giver and recipient alike. [Often chanted by monks as a blessing after receiving food or other offerings.]

“In giving a meal, the donor gives five things to the recipient. Which five? He/she gives life, beauty, happiness, strength, & quick-wittedness. Having given life, he/she has a share in long life, either human or divine. Having given beauty, he/she has a share in beauty, either human or divine. Having given happiness, he/she has a share in happiness, either human or divine. Having given strength, he/she has a share in strength, either human or divine. Having given quick-wittedness, he/she has a share in quick-wittedness, either human or divine. In giving a meal, the donor gives these five things to the recipient.”

The prudent person giving life, strength,

               beauty, quick-wittedness —

the wise person, a giver of happiness —

               attains happiness himself.

Having given life, strength, beauty,

               happiness, & quick-wittedness,

he has long life & status

               wherever he arises.

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20-10-2007-Sarvajan Hitai, Sarvajan Sukhai-U.P. experiment will be repeated in Gujarat with the cooperation of the people : Chief Minister -State BSP president B. Gopal said the party was being strengthened in Karnataka and he was confident that the party would do well in the next Assembly elections using the same formula that enabled it to record a thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh. “We will also open our account in the municipal elections,” he said. -Sindhia Inaugurates Campaign for Municipal Elections at Anekal on 16th Sept.2007 -BSP will do well in Lok Sabha polls-
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Sarvajan Hitai, Sarvajan Sukhai

U.P. experiment will be repeated in Gujarat with the cooperation of the people : Chief Minister

Vadodara (Gujarat) : September 15, 2007 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Km. Mayawati, while reiterating her resolve of creating an atmosphere free of injustice, crime, fear, corruption, which is conducive for development, and also establishing rule of law by the law and ending the jungleraj, said that our Government had achieved splendid success at all the fronts during its four month long tenure. She said that the people of the State had given a clear cut mandate in favour of our programmes and policies. The Chief Minister was addressing media persons at the Hotel Taj Residency, here today. She said that our Government honoured its words and did not indulge in false promises like other political parties. The Government, without wasting any time, immediately began its work after coming into power. This has given some good results. The people of the State were appreciating the administrative acumen of the Government and our policies were also being appreciated. She said that when she came into power the criminals were ruling the roost in the State and people were fed up with the injustice and criminals. The State Government had taken some tough measures against the mafias and criminals and brought the law and order of the State back on the track. Notorious brigand Dadua, who was synonym of terror for 27 years, was eliminated. Km. Mayawati said that the State Government followed the policy of bringing all the sections together instead of creating a fragmented society. All the sections would be provided equal opportunities of development. Our Government had given top priority to development and improvement in law and order situation of the State. Some historic decisions had been taken for achieving the objective. Our party’s Government has decided to adopt a policy of ‘Sarvajan Hitai, Sarvajan Sukhai’ and make U.P. a front line State of the country. For that, our Government has begun some important programmes to honour its promises. Budgetary provisions had been made to support these programmes. The Chief Minister said that through the policy of ‘Sarvajan Hitai, Sarvajan Sukhai’ the Government had brought the deprived sections of the society like SC/ST, OBC, backward classes of the religious minorities and poor people of the upper caste together. They had been brought into the mainstream of development, she pointed out. Our aim is to remove the caste and high-low barrier prevalent in the society and create an atmosphere conducive for development. We want to draw inspiration from personalities like Mahatma Jyotiba Phule,

Mahatma Jotirao Phule in his Youth 

 

 

 

 Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj,

Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj

 

Naraina Guru,

http://www.freeindia.org/biographies/narayanaguru/

Narayana Guru - The saint-reformer, who led a quiet and significant social revolution..

Periyarji,

 Baba Saheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._R._Ambedkar

 and


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Manyawar Kanshi Ramji





and establish a society based on equality where all the
sections could prosper and develop. The country could not progress and
development would not take place until all the sections did not progress
in a uniform manner, she pointed out. She said that she had demanded
from the Government of India to provide reservation facility to the poor
people of the upper caste so that their poverty can be removed to some
extent. She said that she wanted to implement similar system in Gujarat
as well, so that people here could also develop and progress ahead. The
C.M. said that it was only our party which could prop up the country as
it did not believe in discrimination and partiality. Some important
decisions taken in U.P. prove that only BSP could improve the lot of the
people of the State. She said that the BSP had come to power in U.P.
for the fourth time and this time it was a clear majority. Welcoming
media men, she said that the positive results of the U.P. experiment
should be given proper publicity in the media at the national level. The
Cabinet Minister Mr. Satish Mishra, Cabinet Secretary Mr. Shashank
Shekhar Singh, Secretary and Director Information Mr. Diwakar Tripathi
and other officers were present on the occasion. *******



यह गूगल अनुवाद के लिए कृपया हिंदी और उर्दू में सही अनुवाद कर
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डा कांशीराम रामजी

और समानता जहां सभी वर्गों को समृद्ध और विकसित कर सकता है पर आधारित समाज की स्थापना। देश
प्रगति नहीं कर सकता है और विकास की जगह नहीं ले जब तक सभी वर्गों में एक
समान तरीके से प्रगति नहीं किया था, वह बाहर बताया जाएगा।
उसने
कहा कि वह भारत सरकार से मांग की थी ऊंची जाति के गरीब लोगों के लिए
आरक्षण की सुविधा प्रदान करने के लिए इतना है कि उनकी गरीबी को कुछ हद तक
हटाया जा सकता है।
उसने
कहा कि वह साथ ही गुजरात में इसी तरह की प्रणाली को लागू करने की है, ताकि
यहां के लोगों को भी विकसित करने और आगे प्रगति कर सकता है चाहता था।
सी.एम. कहा कि यह केवल हमारी पार्टी है जो देश को सहारा हो सकता है के रूप में यह भेदभाव और पक्षपात में विश्वास नहीं किया था। यूपी में लिया कुछ महत्वपूर्ण निर्णय साबित होता है कि केवल बसपा राज्य के लोगों की स्थिति में सुधार हो सकता है। उन्होंने कहा कि बसपा यूपी में सत्ता में आए थे चौथी बार और इस समय के लिए यह एक स्पष्ट बहुमत था। मीडिया पुरुषों का स्वागत करते हुए उन्होंने कहा कि यूपी के सकारात्मक परिणाम प्रयोग राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर मीडिया में समुचित प्रचार दी जानी चाहिए। कैबिनेट
मंत्री श्री सतीश मिश्रा, कैबिनेट सचिव श्री शशांक शेखर सिंह, सचिव और
निदेशक सूचना श्री दिवाकर त्रिपाठी सहित अन्य अधिकारी उपस्थित थे।
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1982 اتوار ستمبر 11 2016
سبق

براہ مہربانی اس گوگل ترجمہ کے لیے ہندی اور اردو میں درست ترجمہ بنانے
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Manyawar کانشی رام جی

اور مساوات تمام طبقوں فلاح اور ترقی کر سکتے ہیں جہاں کی بنیاد پر معاشرے کو قائم. ملک
ترقی نہیں کر سکتا ہے اور اس کے تمام حصوں کو ایک یکساں انداز میں ترقی
نہیں کی تھی، وہ اس کی نشاندہی تک نشوونما کی جگہ نہیں لے گا.
اس
نے کہا کہ وہ ان کی غربت کو کچھ حد تک ختم کیا جا سکتا ہے تا کہ اونچی ذات
کے غریب لوگوں کو ریزرویشن کی سہولت فراہم کرنے کے لئے بھارت کی حکومت سے
مطالبہ کیا تھا.
وہ اسی طرح نظام یہاں کے لوگ بھی ترقی اور آگے ترقی کر سکتا ہے، تا کہ، اس کے ساتھ ساتھ گجرات میں لاگو کرنے کے لئے چاہتے ہیں. C.M. یہ صرف ہماری جماعت کو یہ امتیاز اور جانب داری میں یقین نہیں تھا کے طور پر ملک کو سہارا دینے کے کر سکتے ہیں جس کا کہنا تھا کہ. اترپردیش میں لیا کچھ اہم فیصلے کہ صرف بی ایس پی ریاست کے عوام کی حالت بہتر بنانے سکتا ثابت. انہوں نے کہا کہ بی ایس پی اترپردیش میں اقتدار میں آئے تھے چوتھی بار اور اس وقت کے لئے اس کو واضح اکثریت تھی. میڈیا کے نمائندوں کا استقبال کرتے ہوئے انہوں نے کہا کہ اترپردیش کے مثبت نتائج تجربہ قومی سطح پر میڈیا میں مناسب پروموشن دی جانی چاہئے. کابینہ
کے وزیر مسٹر ستیش مشرا، کابینہ سکریٹری جناب ششانک شیکھر سنگھ، سیکرٹری
اور ڈائریکٹر انفارمیشن مسٹر دواکر ترپاٹھی اور دیگر افسران بھی موجود تھے.
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BSP will do well in Lok Sabha polls

Bangalore: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will win at least 70 out of the 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh in the next parliamentary elections and have an important say in the formation of the Government at the Centre, according to Veer Singh, MP

 

 and general secretary of the party.

Speaking at a function organised here on Saturday to induct members of the Brahmin, Reddy, Lingayat and Gowda communities into the BSP, he said that Mayawati stood a good chance of becoming Prime Minister as well. The BSP was gaining strength in Karnataka too where the Congress and the BJP had “proved to be no different from each other” and the JD(S) “changes its colours every now and then” in pursuit of power, said Mr. Singh. BSP’s experiment of embracing people from all castes had paid off in the “UP lab” and the trend was catching up everywhere

GULBARGA: A delegation of 60 farmers from 24 taluks of four districts of the Hyderabad Karnataka region will visit villages in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to study the success stories of farmers who had adopted cow-based natural farming in the fields.

State BSP president B. Gopal said the party was being strengthened in Karnataka and he was confident that the party would do well in the next Assembly elections using the same formula that enabled it to record a thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh. “We will also open our account in the municipal elections,” he said.

Sindhia Inaugurates Campaign for Municipal Elections at Anekal on 16th Sept.2007 



P.G.R. Sindhia

Bangalore: The former Minister and senior Janata Dal (Secular) leader P.G.R. Sindhia, who caused a flutter sometime ago by challenging the JD(S) leadership, has now  joined the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

 I  campaign for BSP candidates in the elections to the urban local bodies, as I will  a part of the BSP.”

 There are many other leaders in the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress and the JD(S) who are in touch with BSP leaders. One of them is the former Health Minister H.C. Mahadevappa, who is part of the Siddaramaiah group, which shifted its allegiance to the Congress.

Discussions on

BSP general secretary in charge of Karnataka, Veer Singh, MP, has been in the State for holding discussions with several political leaders although they are unlikely to take the plunge before the term of the current Assembly ends.

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C.M. constituted 6-member committee for suggestion of pending cases in the High Court

Directives issued to complete pending works of Dr. Ambedkar villages by December 31 at all costs

Mayawati to develop gram sabhas

Work to be staggered in five phases beginning January 2008

Separate scheme for the 23 urban-based constituencies soon

UP suspends 12 IPS officers, 6500 cops sacked Tuesday, September 11 2007 21:05(IST

C.M. directs officers to take stringent action against rioters

30,000 from U.P for Haj

C.M. imposes ban on elections of student unions

“They disrupt studies in the classroom”

“Create law and order problems

Lucknow: The United States plans to set up an office here to assist on issues like such as commercial, cultural and emergency counselling and act as a communication platform, a senior diplomat of the country said here on Thursday.

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Government has suspended an Additional Superintendent of Police for his alleged role in the smuggling of woods, official sources said.

The force is deployed in six districts of the State

Two lakh houses to be constructed for the poor

Bio-fertiliser unit to be established in Lucknow

Travel time between Eastern U.P. and Western U.P. to be cut short by 16 hours

Lucknow : September05, 2007 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Km. Mayawati has said that a 1000 km.-long ultra modern expressway would be constructed on the banks of river Ganga. This would be first of its kind in the world. The ‘Eastern U.P. (Varanasi-Ballia) to western U.P. (NOIDA) Ganga expressway would link Ballia with NOIDA. This 8-lane expressway costing about Rs. 40,000 crore would be constructed by using the latest technology and it would have all the modern facilities as well. She said that to translate the project into reality, work would begin very soon. After the completion of this project the travel time would be cut short to eight hours only which is at present 20-24 hrs. This would save the time as well as the fuel of vehicles. After a visually-aided presentation of the project at her 5-Kalidas Marg residence here today, the Chief Minister, addressing a press conference said that the decision to construct the project had been taken with a view to create a network of world-class roads in the State so that the people could be benefited by fast moving travel system. The State Government has included creation of development-oriented atmosphere in its top priorities. Moreover, creation of employment opportunities is not possible without developing infrastructure. Therefore, while deciding the priorities of infrastructure to ensure all-round development, giving a boost to sectors like energy, employment infrastructure development centres, world-level infrastructure of roads, excellent transport system, agriculture and urban regeneration has also been emphasised. Giving information to the media persons, Km. Mayawati, said on the occasion that the expressway would originate from Ballia and pass through Varanasi, Allahabad, Pratapgarh, Unnao, Shahjahanpur, Badaun, Bulandshahr and link NOIDA with Poorvanchal. It would have world class latest amenities like petrol pumps, telephones booths, cybercafés, food-courts and emergency medical facilities etc. This expressway would be constructed by building flood control embankments on river Ganga. This multi-purpose and ambitious project would benefit entrepreneurs, traders, citizens and people of the rural areas among others. It would ensure rapid development of the backward areas situated on the left bank of river Ganga. She said that after the completion of the project the economic and social development would get a new dimension. The C.M. said that keeping an eye on the uniform development of the backward areas situated on the left bank of river Ganga, the State Government intends to complete the multi-purpose project in quick time. The allround development of Poorvanchal was the first and foremost commitment of the Government, she pointed out. This project would remove the regional imbalances and benefit farmers, labourers, unemployed youths and other sections of the society, she said. Expressway’s connectivity with Delhi would open new vistas for the unemployed youths of the State, because a large number of Business Process Outsourcing (B.P.O.s) and IT industries would set up their units here she added. Km. Mayawati said that the major benefit accruing from this project would be that it would drastically cut short the distance between the far-flung areas of eastern U.P. and Delhi. Smooth plying of vehicles had become very difficult because of uncontrolled entry of vehicles on the roads and a large variety of vehicles. This had sent the State’s transport system into disarray, adversely affecting the State’s business activities, as constant impediments caused delay, increase fuel consumption and transport cost and the goods start decaying as well. This project would benefit the entrepreneurs and traders by cutting down, both travel time and fuel expenses. The project would also help in re-energising the traditional industries based in areas like Bhadohi, Kannauj and Khurja etc. and also help the weavers and craftsmen to improve their economic condition effectively. Besides, it would also ensure revival of ancient and historic cities like Mirzapur, Bithur etc. situated on the bank of river Ganga. The C.M. said that proposals for linking other prominent cities of the State like Agra, Jhansi, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Saharanpur, Banvasa etc. with this expressway were also under consideration. Detailed proposals were being prepared, so that the pace of development could be accelerated and U.P. could become a frontline and prosperous State of the country. Km. Mayawati said that the setting up of the industrial areas along with the ‘Eastern U.P. (Varanasi-Balia) to Western U.P. (NOIDA) Ganga Expressway Project was also proposed. This would ensure rapid economic development of the area on one hand, while on the other it would provide employment opportunities to a large number of youths in the region. This expressway would also provide opportunities to the farmers to transport their crops, especially those which decay quickly, to Delhi and other remote markets in a considerably short time. This would help them increase their income and their crops would also not decay. The C.M. said that the project would ensure all-round development of Poorvanchal. The project would have dual benefits as it would ensure smooth transport facilities on one hand, while on the other it would stop erosion of land and save lakhs of hectares of cultivable land. A large number of people residing in villages situated on the banks of river Ganga and facing the fury of floods year after year would be the biggest beneficiaries of this project. The present U.P. Government was making efforts for the progress of backward areas by removing regional imbalances. In this regard, the Chief Minister had met the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh on July 20 last and demanded a special package of Rs. 80,000 crore for the all-round development of the State including the backward areas of Bundelkhand and Poorvanchal. This included a demand of Rs. 9,400 crore for meeting the challenges of infrastructure facilities in Poorvanchal. Besides, Rs. 2,200 crore have also been demanded by the Chief Minister to meet the challenge of floods in Eastern U.P. Terming investment of huge capital as imperative for quick economic progress, Km. Mayawati said that the project would be developed on the basis of private investment in which the Government’s role would be that of a facilitator. Besides, the Government aims to provide security to the weaker and poor sections of the society, which include labourers, small and marginal farmers and farm workers. To provide them large scale employment opportunities, the Government was making arrangement for capital investment, so that these sections could also improve their economic condition. The present U.P. Government, led by the Chief Minister, Km. Mayawati had taken a resolve to establish a society based on equality by following the ideology of ‘Sarvajan Hitay, Sarvajan Sukhay’. Under it, the State Government had included creation of development-oriented atmosphere in its top priorities. The greenery along with the expressway would effectively check pollution and fulfill the need of environment protection. This project would open up a new chapter in the development of Uttar Pradesh, the largest State in the country, as India was fast emerging as the new economic engine of the world. The project aims at prosperity and progress of all the people of the State, she added. ******* ‘Eastern U.P. (Varanasi-Balia) to western U.P. (NOIDA) Ganga expressway project : Some important points • Quick to and fro facilities and transportation of goods are the deciding factors for economic development of any State. Therefore, development of infrastructure was key to India’s progress. There is a need for network of good roads for the proper transportation of goods and ever-increasing traffic. It has become imperative to develop a new network of roads. • The U.P. Government has taken cognizance of increasing goods transportation traffic, which doubles in a span of 10-13 years. On the basis of these facts, inadequate road infrastructure was a serious problem for the State. The holy city of Varanasi is connected with New Delhi through National Highway No.-2 (N.H.2) and it passes through the State capital in the form of N.H.56 and N.H.24. This highway is the life line of the State and presently carries the burden of some important cities of the State. • The State Government has decided to construct an eight-lane ‘Eastern U.P. (Varanasi-Balia) to western U.P. (NOIDA) Ganga expressway between Ballia and Greater NOIDA, which will have controlled entry from important cities. This expressway will be constructed on the proposed marginal embankment of the State Irrigation Department to be built for controlling floods on the left bank of river Ganga. A small part of the expressway between Greater NOIDA and Narora, will be situated on the ground. • The express highway will originate near Freight Container Depot in Sikandrabad. The part of the expressway from the starting point to Narora will not follow the banks of river Ganga. After Narora, the expressway will be constructed on the left marginal embankment of river Ganga till Narainpur in Gazipur district. • The expressway will pass through Gautam Buddhanagar, Bulandshahr, Badaun, Shahjahanpur, Fatehgarh, Farrukhabad, Hardoi, Unnao, Raebareli, Pratapgarh, Allahabad, Sant Ravidasnagar, Mirzapur, Varanasi, Chandauli and Gazipur. It will be 100mts. wide. • The proposed expressway will be of eight-lanes and every four-lanes will be divided by a median of 0.50 meter width. The width of the roads from all sides will be 14.5 meters. On every side of the road a 2.5 meter wide kacchi strip will be left. The median will be 0.50 meter wide. Since, the embankment will be 7-8 meter high, construction of a metal beam crash barrier on the sides of the expressway has been proposed for the safety of the users. • The initial design of the project shows that on the subsidiary rivers of entire length of expressway will have four major bridges, three major bridges on canals, eight railway over bridges, 256 small bridges, eight flyovers on crossings of National Highways, 12 flyovers on crossings of State highways, 40 flyovers and 225 under pass on crossings on main district roads/other districts roads. • Service roads will be constructed on some spots for local traffic facilities. Expressway has been designed for the speed of 120 kms. per hour. Drains will be constructed on the sides and on the breath, besides the energy disposers for the proper water drainage. • This project will provide the most needed and direct access to eastern Uttar Pradesh especially the holy city of Varanasi. As a result, tourism and investment will come to the State, besides the savings in vehicle movements cost. The city traffic density will decrease due to the diversion of heavy traffic towards expressway. Air and noise pollution caused by vehicles will also be reduced in urban areas. • The entire project will be in the State of U.P. and the kachhar areas of Ganga river. The length of the project will be situated 1.5 kms. away from the Ganga river water flow. • All the districts from which the expressway passes have proper distribution of rains during summer and monsoon seasons. • Expressway crosses through the subsidiary rivers, nullahs, canals and the tributaries of Ganga river. • The water drainage of the project’s affected areas is being made through the medium of Ganga river. This river is the principal source of water in expressway length. • Three sub-rivers, three canals and 236 small tributaries cross the proposed express highway. Ganga river flows beside the expressway and the expressway does not cross the Ganga river anywhere in its entire length. *******

Chief Secretary inaugurated 33 new websites of different departments

Lucknow. 01-Sept-2007 Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Kr. Mayawati has determined to utilize e-governance services to the maximum in discharging Government related works. To fulfill this objective the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh Sri Prashant Kumar Mishra has inaugurated 33 websites of different departments today. He expressed that the main objective of website is to bring transparency, perfection and responsive administration in order to end corruption and to bring improvement in providing better services to the citizen. He further expressed that the websites of different departments shall be linked with important and various kinds of information viz. health related services, property related land records, property tax related information, various information pertaining to panchayats and development works shall be available online. The Chief Secretary addressed the participants of programme after inaugurating the websites in Yojana Bhawan today. He further said that in bringing the general public to the reach of information and telecommunication technology is to equip with different information. In addition to this the objective is to bring positive outlook and to strengthen the Government services in order to benefit the citizen in social, economical and development facilities to all sections of the society. He told that secretariat is the epicenter of the Government setup. Keeping in view the e-Governance culture has to be initiated from the secretariat. For this purpose computers and internet facility shall be available to all the 384 sections of the secretariat. All the staff of the secretariat particularly UDA and above staff shall be provided mandatory training in computer and e-Governance for 100 hours. He said that incentives will be provided to the secretariat staff for attaining the computer knowledge. Sri Mishra said that the objective is to improve the transparency and responsiveness in the image of the Government by making available information to the general public through website. He further said that with development of website general public will be benefited and information related to different departments will be available in the rural areas. In this way the utility of information technology through websites of different departments is to strengthen the work culture and quality of the Government. The online information can be accessible in the remote area in 24 x 7 time by a common man is the need of the hour in the present era. Sri Mishra said that apart from different information on websites, information related to tenders, departmental programme, various forms and other documents shall be available. In this way the Government shall provide the information at the doorstep of the citizen. He also said Uttar Pradesh State Wide Area Network (UPSWAN) will connect 900 nodes covering all the blocks, tehsils and districts of the State within a year. He further said that e-Governance facilities will be available in 17909 Common Service Centers to be established in the villages in the next three years. The Principal Secretary, I.T. while presenting the utility and work culture of website said that internet is the network of networks and computers spread all over the world. E-Governance can be implemented by effective use of computers and networks. Exchange of information is possible through website. The public participation is ensured through different available services. In this way IT plays an important role in strengthening the relationship between public and Government. Through website transparent and clean image of the Government will reach the general public. Sri Garg said that 50,000 unemployed youths shall be getting employment opportunity through the establishment of Common Service Centers (CSC). The scheme of CSC will be organised with the assistence of Government of India. Under this scheme, one village among every six villages will be selected for the establishing CSC. Through this information and forms related to Animal Husbandry, Social Development, Agriculture, Trade, Tourism, Transport and employment will be available. Dr. B.K. Gairola told that all the districts administration of the State has been provided with high-speed network backbone of 2 MBPS to cater to the e-Governance needs. NIC is also working on UP State Wide Area Network (UPSWAN) project to setup statewide backbone connecting 900 nodes covering all the blocks, tehsils and districts of the State. The SWAN project will boost the e-Governance programs of the State. Uttar Pradesh is the first State in the Country to have implemented e-Scholarship programme inaugurated on 30th August 2007 benefiting more than 2 crore students of SC/ST, OBC, Minority & BPL families of the State through electronic transfer of the scholarship amount directly to their bank accounts. It is a major step towards rural e-Governance. Some of the other successful capital IT projects in the State includes land records computerisation (running successfully at 302 tehsils), property registration system (implemented at 106 sub-registrar offices), transport computerisation (35 RTOs/ARTOs have been covered so far). India portal has been developed and its URL is http://india.gov.in Managing Director of UPDESCO told that websites of different departments have been developed out of which websites of 33 departments have been newly developed, websites of 13 departments have been refurbished and websites of 35 departments have already been developed and hosted on the net. The websites of field level offices and other organisations are being developed. The websites are being developed in bilingual. The Government Orders (GOs), Bylaws, Acts, Ordinances etc. will be kept on the websites. The websites will be interactive for the benefits of the general public. On this occasion Sri Anis Ansari Agriculture Production Commissioner, Sri Atul Kumar Gupta Industrial Development Commissioner, Sri Amod Kumar Spl. Secretary IT & Electronics, Sri B.L. Agarwal Spl. Secretary IT & Electronics, Sri Onkar Nath M.D. UPLC, Dr. B.K. Gairola Director General NIC and Dr. S.B. Singh SIO NIC etc. were also present.

BSP completes 100 days in office

LUCKNOW: Chief Minister Mayawati, on completion of 100 days in office, hinted that capturing power in New Delhi is the next big target of the Bahujan Samaj Party. 100 days in office, Maya eyes Delhi Hindustan Times 100 days in UP, Maya now eyeing Delhi Times of India all 3 news articles Online edition of India’s National Newspaper Friday, Aug 24, 2007 Mayawati puts on hold corporate-run retail business 

 Riding on the crest wave of the Original Inhabitants of The Great Prabuddha Bharath-Brahmin social engineering formula and having completed 100 days in office on Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati made it clear that the Bahujan Samaj Party’s next stop was Delhi.

Aware of the popular political perception that the road to Delhi passes through Uttar Pradesh, Ms. Mayawati outlined her party’s agenda for the future. Addressing the function to mark the completion of 100 days in office at the Ganna Kisan Sansthan auditorium here, Ms. Mayawati said memorials to Bhimrao Ambedkar, who instilled a feeling of self-respect and pride in the Dalits, and BSP’s founder, Kanshi Ram, would be built in New Delhi when the BSP captures power at the Centre.

Ms. Mayawati condemned the attempts of the Opposition parties to deride her Government for creating “symbols ” in the form of the Ambedkar Memorial and the proposed Kanshi Ram memorial. She denied that there was a move to build memorials in the name of Dr. Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram in all the 70 districts of the State. The Chief Minister said while the Ambedkar Memorial — completed during her second and third stint as Chief Minister — in Lucknow was being given a facelift, another in the name of the BSP’s founder would be built soon in the State capital.

Stating that its neglect and vandalism during the previous regime necessitated the renovation of the memorial, Ms. Mayawati said she wanted to create a permanent structure which would exist for “thousand years” and whose “walls were not shaken” by the passage of time.

The Chief Minister painted a rosy picture of the achievements of her 100-day old Government ( she was sworn in Chief Minister for the fourth time on May 13) with emphasis on the rule of law and a society free from injustice and crime. She said the BSP Government took 100 decisions in 100 days whose collective goal was to take forward the party’s motto of “sarv jan hitaya, sarv jan sukhaya.”

Elimination of the dreaded brigand, Dadua, on July 22, 2007 was billed as the biggest achievement of the 100-day-old Government with the Chief Minister describing the encounter as “a historic success.” On the law and order and crime front, of the 1452 mafias identified by the police, action had been taken against 948 mafia elements in the last 100 days, the Chief Minister claimed. For removing the backwardness in Purvanchal and Bundelkhand regions of the State, Ms. Mayawati reiterated her demand for the Rs. 80,000-crore “Special Area Incentive Package” from the Centre.

State Government withdraws new agriculture policy

Lucknow : August 23, 2007 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, while giving the information regarding the important decisions taken by the Cabinet on Thursday, said that the new agriculture policy passed by the Cabinet on August 03, 2007 had been withdrawn in view of farmers’ opposition. She said this policy was announced keeping in view of benefiting farmers and the development of agriculture sector. Addressing the press persons at Media Centre after the Cabinet meeting, the Chief Minister said that new agriculture policy was explained earlier in detail with a view to remove confusion among farmers regarding it. After giving a serious thought over this issue the Intelligence Department was asked to gather reports from all the 70 districts. According to the report, it was found that about 60 per cent farmers were against this policy. Therefore, the Cabinet had decided to withdraw this agriculture policy. The State Government never wanted to take any decision against farmers’ wish, she pointed out. The Chief Minister said that some opposition parties were spreading rumours that maximum land limit was going to be decreased by amendment in Ceiling Act. Several Cabinet members had also made her aware that after the formation of the government opposition was spreading rumours regarding the amendment in Ceiling Act. Denying vehemently, she said that no proposal of decreasing the maximum land limit had come to the government, neither had it been discussed nor any decision been taken in this connection. She termed it as totally false and baseless. Giving information regarding another decision, Km. Mayawati said that law and order problem was created due to the opposition of people on the opening of Reliance Fresh Stores in Lucknow and Varanasi on August 22, 2007. Keeping this in view, the setting up of Retail Stores, besides law and order, hygiene and health aspects needed to be reviewed. A committee had been constituted under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Shashank Shekhar Singh in this regard. The Principal Secretaries of Agriculture, Home, Housing and Urban Development, Medical and Health were included in this committee, she said adding that committee would give its report in a month after discussing all the aspects in detail. This committee will also review the opening of new stores in this connection. Due to the law and order problem, the district administration of Lucknow and Varanasi had decided to close all the Reliance Fresh Stores. The Principal Secretary to C.M. Mr. Shailesh Krishna, while giving details in this connection, said that concerning district magistrate could take the decision of closure in view of law and order problem. The law and order became worse, therefore district administration had taken the decision of closure and police force was employed on concerning stores to improve law and order. This decision of closure was temporary, he said adding that further decision would be taken after a high-level review on all the aspects. Mr. Krishna said that proceedings were going on for opening of stores like Reliance Fresh and Spencer in some other districts. Government was considering for making a policy in this regard after reviewing all aspects. Giving information regarding another decision, he said that the duration of district cooperative committees’ members had been decreased to two years from five years. This decision had been taken in view of insensitivity of members and complaints of poor arrangements in committees. The process of election could take time, therefore the procedure of appointing administrator had been restored. On this occasion, Cabinet Minister Mr. Satish Chandra Mishra, Cabinet Secretary Mr. Shashank Shekhar Singh and Chief Secretary Mr. P.K. Mishra were also present. ————-

C.M. honours S.T.F. team members

Lucknow : August 22, 2007 On the occasion of completing 100-days of her Government, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Km. Mayawati announced in a programme organised for the celebration that a grand memorial of Manyawar Kanshi Ram would be built in his honour, besides the museum and a rest house in Lucknow. Denying the baseless allegation by opposition parties that Ambedkar Memorial would be built in every district of the State, she said that necessary arrangements were being made for a long-lasting Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Memorial. She said that earlier Governments overlooked Dr. Ambedkar Memorial due to which it needed major repairing and improvement works. Acknowledging the paucity of space for seating arrangements in local Ganna Sansthan Auditorium, she announced that another auditorium having six times more capacity would be constructed very soon in Lucknow. The Chief Minister said that police officers and employees were being honoured for their valour and exemplary services. Likewise, the I.A.S. and P.C.S. officers would also be honoured for their good works regarding development. This honour would be given on the basis of three months progress of development works for which surprise visit would be made. The good officers would be encouraged and stern action would be taken against those officers, who were failed in achieving desired results. She said that I.A.S. and P.C.S. officers had an important role in providing thrust to the development and the Government would give full protection to the good officers. She appreciated the efforts of her Principal Secretaries Mr. Shailesh Krishna and Kuwar Fateh Bahadur for organising such a grand programme in a very short span of time on the completion of 100-days of Government. On this occasion, the Chief Minister honoured the S.T.F. and police personnel for their successful operation of killing the dreaded dacoit Dadua. She awarded the letter of appreciation, revolver and Rs. three lakh each to the Additional Police D.G. Mr. Shailjakant Mishra, Police D.I.G. S.T.F. Mr. Arvind Kumar Jain and S.S.P. S.T.F. Mr. Amitabh Yash for their superb guidance and contribution in conducting operation Dadua. She announced Rs. three lakh each to the police officers later on. She said that law and order situation was an important factor for development works. The Chief Minster awarded a plot in Lucknow, letter of appreciation and Rs. three lakh each to A.S.P. S.T.F. Mr. Anant Dev, Police Inspector S.T.F. Mr. Hrishikesh Yadav and Inspector S.T.F. Mr. Anil Kumar Singh. Besides, Sub-Inspector S.T.F. Mr. A.P. Mull, Head Constable S.T.F. Mr. P.K. Singh, Head Constable S.T.F. Mr. Ratan Lal Kanaujia, Head Constable S.T.F. Mr. J.P. Sharma, Constable S.T.F. Civil Police Mr. Rizwan Ahmad, S.T.F. Mr. Manoj Chaturvedi, Head Constable P.A.C. Mr. Kailash Yadav S.T.F. and Commando Mr. Ram Nath Rana, Commando Mr. Harish Chandra Yadav, Commando Mr. Virendra Singh, Commando Mr. Krishna Mohan Singh, Commando Mr. Shashi Bhushan, Commando Mr. Anil Kumar, Commando Mr. Ram Prakash, Commando Mr. Sheshnath Yadav, Constable Drivers S.T.F. Dr. Brajesh Kumar, Mr. Shiv Kumar and Mr. Dhirendra Singh got out of turn promotion, letter of appreciation and Rs. three lakh each. On this occasion, D.G.P. Mr. Vikram Singh, while expressing his gratitude towards the Chief Minister said that the entire police administration got encouragement and felt honoured today. He assured the Chief Minister that police force would do its best efforts for fulfilling her dreams. He also presented a memento of Japanese sword ‘Samurai’ to the Chief Minister. **************

SC/ST and weaker sections will be given top priority in development : Chief Minister

Lucknow : August 22, 2007 Elaborating upon the policies, commitments and priorities of the State Government, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Km. Mayawati said that it had been successful at all the fronts during the past 100 days. She said that the true development would take place when its impact could be felt by the downtrodden. All the works undertaken would be verified to ascertain the degree of development, she pointed out. She said that the efforts of the government would not be confined to papers only, instead they would be translated into reality. The Chief Minister was addressing a function organised at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Ganna Sansthan to mark the achievements of the government on the completion of 100 days. She said that after taking over the reins of the government, she had directed all the officers to stick to the policy of ‘Sarvajan Hitai, Sarvajan Sukhai’. Km. Mayawati said that after taking the oath, she initiated efforts to solve the long pending dispute between U.P. and Delhi over the plying of buses. This step benefited a large number of students, service class people, poor and labourers. The jungle raj prevalent in the State was ended and rule of law by law was established by creating an atmosphere free of injustice, crime and fear. The government set up ‘Civil Services Board’ to eradicate ‘transfer industry’, so that the senior officers could work impartially and fearlessly. ‘Day officers’ have been appointed in the police stations, who would listen to the complaints of the people and ensure that the cases were registered. The DMs and other officers have been directed to remain present at their offices between 10 a.m. and 12 noon to listen to the grievances of the people. The tehsil diwas are being organised on every Tuesday to solve the problems of the people. Besides, a three tier review system had also been introduced to ensure effective redress of the grievances of the people. Almost 7000 people got their FIRs registered during the past two months, whose FIRs were not filed during the past three years. Orders have been issued to initiate legal action against those who had filed fake FIRs. The C.M. said that the State Government had formed special investigation team (SIT) to effectively control the activities of white collared criminals and also to check economic offences and frauds. The basic problems of the naxalism affected areas would be taken into account, while initiating action. She said that with a view to controlling the criminal activities of the mafias, who were operating from jails, the Jail Department has been put under the administrative control of the Home Department. The notorious brigand Dadua, who was a synonym of terror, has been gunned down and the team who helped to eliminate him had been honoured today. An amount of Rs. Five lakh was being provided to the family members of the six martyred jawans, who laid down their lives during an exchange of fire with Thokia gang. She also paid homage to the martyred jawans. Km. Mayawati said that a growth rate of 10 per cent was being targeted for the 11th Five Year Plan. She directed the officers to go to the field to verify the data. She said that the government was serious towards the social security, therefore the amount of Rs. 150 being paid under the old age and kisan pension scheme had been doubled to Rs. 300. All the lease holders were being provided the possession of the land on priority basis. Effective action was being taken to dispossess illegal land grabbers. Eligible villagers were being handed over the possession of Gram Sabha land, ponds etc. The SC/ST were being given priority in it. She said that the unauthorised possession on the Gram Sabha land by the members of the SC/ST and farm labourers was being regularised. This would benefit those farm labourers of the SC/ST category, whose land did not exceed 3.125 acres including the unauthorised possession. The C.M. said that the State Government had decided to set up Regional Rural Employment Generation Centres instead of providing unemployment allowance to the youths. The road side vendors were being provided licences to save them from exploitation. An arrangement of Rs. 395 crore had been made in the budget for the schemes of Bundelkhand and Poorvanchal. Km. Mayawati said that there was a gap of 2000 MW in the demand and supply of power in the State. There was no increase in the generation capacity, which needed to be improved, she pointed out. The Chief Minister said that the incomplete works of selected villages left by earlier Government under Dr. Ambedkar Gram Vikas Yojna were being completed. An amount of Rs. 200 crore was arranged under Scheduled Caste Housing Scheme and Rs. 160 crore for providing Indira Awas to 2.5 lakh poor families living below the poverty line belonging to all sections of society. ‘Manyawar Kanshi Ram Ji Shahri Samagra Vikas Yojna’ was being started for which Rs. 200 crore has been arranged. Decision had been taken for the recruitment of 88,000 primary teachers. Agriculture Development and Investment Policy was implemented for the welfare of farmers. Fair Price System was being improved and reservation system had been implemented for the allotment of fair price shops. A G.O. had been issued for filling the vacant seats backlog in Government Departments for reserved categories. Decision had been taken for providing reservation in private sector on voluntary basis, she said. On this occasion, the Cabinet Secretary Mr. Shashank Shekhar Singh said that the development of Uttar Pradesh was a big challenge after Independence where the economic backwardness and social imbalances were on the top. A need for dynamic leadership was being felt for providing stability to the Government and thrust to the development. It had become possible for the first time in the political history of the State in the leadership of the Hon’ble chief Minister and the State Government was moving ahead in the direction of ‘Sarvajan Hitai, Sarvajan Sukhai’. **********

C.M. stresses for responsive and sensitive administrative system

Lucknow : August 21, 2007 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Km. Mayawati has directed to senior administrative and police officers for taking effective steps to solve common man’s daily problems on priority basis. She said that our government intention was to bring prosperity to the State by benefiting all sections of the society through development. Underlining the need for sensitive and responsive administrative system, she said that each section of the society should get the opportunity for development, especially the weaker sections, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward class. She pointed out that the talks for making the State as Uttam Pradesh were in the newspapers only so far, should indeed take practical shape. She said that district magistrates would be held directly responsible for any laxity found in solving the people’s problems. If any slackness or negligence was found on surprise visit made by her then concerning officers would face stern action, besides their transfers, she warned. The Chief Minister was reviewing the progress of development works here today at Tilak Hall with all the commissioners, district magistrates, DIGs and other senior administrative officers of the State. She said that the development works should actually took place in reality, not only on the papers and if any false report was found in this regard then concerning officers would not be spared. She said that good officers would be encouraged. The progress report regarding the development works would be held at government level every month and she herself would study those reports and make surprise visit. If any difference between the report sent to the government and her surprise visit was found then concerning officers would face stern action and officer-in-charge secretary of the government would also be held responsible. She stressed that arrears of cane farmers should be paid and district magistrates besides the commissioners should cooperate in this regard. The district magistrates should take interest in solving the people’s problems and sit at their offices on working days between 10 a.m. to 12 noon, so that people should not come to Lucknow for their petty problems and grievances. The development works should be completed within stipulated time period without compromising on quality. She warned the officers that the review meeting to be held next month would verify and the progress of development works strictly. Km. Mayawati reiterated her government priorities and said that the poor law and order situation had a direct affect on the development works. The police administration should cooperate in maintaining the law and order, so that the development works could not be affected. She appreciated the efforts of officers for improving the law and order situation during the last three months. The Chief Minister directed for completing the development works of Ambedkar villages selected during her last three regimes. She said the policy of ‘’Sarvajan Hitai, Sarvajan Sukhai'’ should be implemented with full honesty and transparency. Regretting the slow progress of development even after the 60 years of independence in the villages, she said much remains to be done. Our government had emphasised for development in villages, but the incomplete works in Ambedkar villages were not completed, besides its maintenance and repairing, when our government was out of power. Km. Mayawati said that new Ambedkar villages would not be selected this year but our emphasis would be on completing the works on priority basis of selected Ambedkar villages earlier. She said that under Dr. Ambedkar Gram Sabha Vikas Yojana, five Gram Sabhas would be selected in each Assembly Constituency and the criteria for selecting the Gram Sabhas would be sent to the district magistrates very soon. She directed for launching special campaign for giving possession to weaker sections to which the land had been allotted during her last three regimes. Stern action should be taken against those elements who had taken the land forcibly belonging to land Patta holders. The priority should be given to scheduled caste in land allotment, she said adding that the possession of land by scheduled caste people till May 13, 2007 should be regularised. The Chief Minister said that development of cities was also necessary, besides the villages for the development of the State. She directed that effective steps should be taken for preventing power theft. It took place only with the cooperation of officers. The district magistrates and commissioners should identify these officers of the department and take strong action, she warned. Km. Mayawati directed for immediately repairing the loose wires of electricity due to which many incidents took place. Medicines and doctors should remain available in hospitals and primary health centres. The district magistrates should make surprise visits in primary schools and hospitals for checking the attendance of teachers and doctors. She appealed to the officers for providing better results. The Chief Minister, while appreciating the campaign launched in capital Lucknow against the adulteration in food items and fake medicines, said that similar campaigns should be launched in districts. She said that availability of fertilizers and seeds should be ensured, besides the preparation for Rabi crops. She also directed for repairing of tube-wells, water for canals, creation of employment opportunities and scholarships distribution for children belonging to all sections during the second fortnight of September by launching special campaign. She also directed for speeding up the relief works in flood affected areas and stressed that there should not be any unnecessary harassment to poor people for revenue realisation. She said that fair price system should be improved. She warned that the directives issued in this review meeting should be implemented strictly, otherwise stern action would be taken against the concerning officers The Cabinet Secretary Mr. Shashank Shekhar Singh, Chief Secretary Mr. P.K. Mishra, APC Mr. Anees Ansari, IDC Mr. Atul Gupta, Principal Secretaries to C.M. Mr. V.K. Sharma, Mr. Shailesh Krishna and Mr. Kunwar Fateh Bahadur and DGP Mr. Vikram Singh also reviewed the development works and law and order situation during the meeting.

C.M. reviews law and order situation of U.P.

Lucknow : August 17, 2007 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Km. Mayawati, while reviewing the law and order of the State at the Tilka Hall (Vidhan Sabha) here today, said that the F.I.R.s would be lodged at the S.P. offices if the police station fails to register it. She said that after reviewing the situation stern action would be initiated against the concerning S.H.O. for not registering the F.I.R. This order would come into force from today, she pointed out. She directed the senior officers to fill the vacancies of S.I.s by launching a special recruitment drive. Warning the officers to control the killings, she said that the culprits should be arrested immediately. Ordering cancellation of large number of arms licences issued by the previous government after reviewing them, she said that they also played a role in damaging the law and order of the State. She directed the officers to respect the peoples’ representatives and take immediate action on their complaints and suggestions. Surprise inspections would be conducted by her to know the ground reality of the law and order, she warned. This was the first law and order review meeting held by the C.M. after taking over the reins of the State. Elaborating upon her priorities, the C.M. said that an atmosphere sans injustice, crime and fear, which is conducive for development, should be created by streamlining the law and order of the State. She said that it was the top priority of the Government to establish rule of law by the law in the State. The police administration has succeeded in keeping up the promise made by the State Government to the people up to some extent. Notable decline was registered in the crime graph of the State because of the courage shown by the police officers. She appreciated their efforts and asked them to keep it up. Km. Mayawati said that several directives and G.O.s had been issued from time to time to improve the law and order of the State. These should be strictly followed, she pointed out adding that the law and order would be reviewed every month. The police officers should remain present at their respective offices between 10 a.m. and 12 noon to listen to the complaints of the people. Surprise inspections would be conducted to take stock of the situation, she warned. If, any officer was found absent from his office during the office timings then stringent action would be initiated against them. The officers should compulsorily be present at the thana diwas, she said. Quick action should be taken on the complaints, she added. If the number of F.I.R.s increases then there was no need to worry, the C.M. stated. Giving the S.P.s the confidence that they would not be transferred on anyone’s advice, she asked them to perform their duties without fear and with total honesty. Those who do good work would be given good posting, she said adding that those showing laxity and indifference in their approach would be transferred and action would also be initiated against them. The Chief Minister said that those, who had been harassed during the previous regime, can lodge their F.I.R.s by August 22 only. She said that if someone lodged a fake F.I.R. then action would be initiated against the guilty and if the F.I.R. was correct then action would be initiated against the erring police officers. She said that registration of fake F.I.R.s tarnished the image of the State Government. Km. Mayawati said that law and order situation of the State had become from bad to worse during last few years and police officers had to work hard to improve it. She hoped that police officers would do their best efforts for making the State crime free. We had promised to establish the rule of law in the State before coming into the power. We had assured the people that whoever was the criminal would be dealt with sternly, she said adding that we had moved in this direction with full honesty and transparency. Strong action was being taken against the criminals rising above from caste and religion. Our police had killed the dreaded dacoit Dadua, who had become the symbol of terror in the two States. Those police personnel would be honoured on August 22, 2007 on the occasion of government’s completion of 100 days. She said that people should become aware regarding the steps taken by the government for improving the law and order situation during the last three months. Km. Mayawati directed for preventing the incidents of murders and said that most of these murders took place due to the personal enmity. SHOs should ensure necessary action immediately in these cases in their respective areas. She said that notorious and professional criminals should be immediately arrested, if they were found engaged in these incidents. Immediate action should be taken in the incidents of violence and cruelty against women. There should be no harassment on any section of society, especially on SC and ST because if the incidents of cruelty, harassment or exploitation occur on them then the image of the government got affected. She warned the police officers that the SC and ST Act should not be misused. The Chief Minister said that the Government has implemented the reservation system in all police stations and the postings of scheduled caste SHOs should not be a mere formality, but their postings should be in the big police stations of city and rural areas. She said that naxal activities in Mirzapur, Chandauli and Sonebhadra districts should be prevented by knowing its root causes. Earlier, reviewing the law and order situation, Cabinet Secretary Mr. Shashank Shekhar Singh, Chief Secretary Mr. P.K. Mishra, Principal Secretary Home Mr. J.N. Chamber and DGP Mr. Vikram Singh directed the police officers for improving it more. They also spoke about the priorities and expectations of the Chief Minister. The Cabinet Secretary said that unless there was any serious complaint SP would not be transferred. The police officers should discharge their duties with enthusiasm without any fear and give better results. The evaluation of officers would be done on the basis of action taken by them in the registered crimes not on the basis of data. The police officers giving better results would be encouraged, he added. The Principal Secretaries to C.M. Mr. V.K. Sharma, Shailesh Krishna, Kunwar Fateh Bahadur, Secretary Mr. Vijay Singh, Secretary Home Mr. Vijay Gupta and Mrs. Renuka Kumar, SSPs and senior officials of police department were present on the occasion. *******

No change in U.P. Ceiling Act

Lucknow : August 24, 2007 The U.P. Government has denied any change in maximum land limit for any family under U.P. Ceiling Act 1960. The Principal Secretary for Revenue, Mr. S.R. Lakha, while giving this information here today, said that there was no proposal for consideration at government level for decreasing the maximum land limit under U.P. Ceiling Act 1960. He said that government came to know about the rumours being spread among people in different parts of the State that proceeding was going on for decreasing the maximum land limit for any family by amendment of U.P. Ceiling Act 1960, which was totally baseless and false. Mr. Lakha said that directives had been issued to all commissioners and district magistrates in this regard. They have been directed for making aware to their sub-ordinates ADMs, SDMs, tehsildars, nayab tehsildars, revenue inspectors and lekhpals, so that there should not be any confusion in this connection and rumours could be put off.

18 IAS officers transferred

Backlog of allotment of fair price shops should be complete within three months

Lucknow : August 11, 2007 The Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to implement present reservation system in allotment of fair price shops equally and effectively. In a Goevernment order issued in this connection and sent to all the District Magistrates and Districts Supply Officers of the State, it has been directed that the implementation of present reservation system should be ensured in allotment of vacant fair price shops of rural as well as urban areas with immediate effect. A reservation of 21 percent for scheduled castes, 02 percent for scheduled tribes and 27 percent for other backward classes was to be provided under the present reservation system. It has also been mentioned in the Government Order that calculation of reservation of fair price shops should be made on the basis of the total number of fair price shops of the different districts. It was also essential to ensure that how many shops existed in the district, how many shops are covered under the present system of reservation and the number of shops are allotted to the members of the reserved category. In case the number of shops allotted to the reserved category members was less, then immediate action should be taken to complete the backlog in the allotment of the fair price shops. The Districts Magistrates and District Supply Officers have been asked to fill the backlog within a period of three months, by launching special campaign. In case of laxity in this matter, the District Magistrate and District Supply Officers of the concerned districts would be made responsible. The review for the completion of backlog would be done at the level of Chief Secretary after three months. Horizontal reservation has also been made admissible in the reservation category of fair price shops of rural and urban areas. A reservation of 20 percent for women, 08 percent for family members of soldiers wounded or killed during action, 05 percent freedom fighters/wife of reserved category and 02 percent for disabled person. It had come in the knowledge of the Government that the present system of reservation was not properly implemented in allotment of fair price shops. That was why the target for reservation in allotment of fair price shops remained incomplete. Besides a large member of fair price shops were lying vacant for allotment in various districts. It was essential to follow the system of reservation in allotment of fair price shops in letter and spirit. ——–

Supervising Officers will be appointed to made PDS effective

Lucknow : August 11, 2007 The U.P. Government has directed all the District Magistrates to ensure effective distribution of food grains, sugar and kerosene according to the urban and rural roster under the targeted public distribution system (PDS). The State Cabinet Secretary Mr. Shashank Shekhar Singh has directed all the D.Ms to nominate one Supervising Officer (SO) in their respective districts immediately to streamline the PDS. The distribution of the food grains, sugar and kerosene would be ensured by holding camps under the SOs. The D.Ms should organise a quota-holder-wise camp under the supervision of SO between 05 and 15th day of every month and ensure that PDS is made effective. Such officers should be posted who were responsible for the timely and accurate distribution of food grains, sugar and kerosene. The report of the concerning S.O. should also be obtained, The card-holder consumers could get food grains from their fair price shop owner till the end of the month. Mr. Singh said that the district level officers, their subordinate senior officers and tehsil level officers like, junior engineers, Nayab Tehsildars, Kanoongo, ADO, ADCO, CDPO, officers of the soil conservation, nagar palika, mandi samiti and other departments can be appointed as the supervising officer. The DMs would also ensure that the area Lekhpal/Gram Panchayat Adhikari were present at the fair price shops during the ‘camp period’ to ensure effective distribution of the articles. He said that all the fair price owners should ensure the distribution of the food grains in two or three phases as per the requirement by holding camps under the supervision of the S.O. The Cabinet Secretary said that normally the camp would be of one-day duration. If needed the SOs would extend it for next day and ensure distribution of the article under their supervision. Proper and timely information would be provided to the quota-holders, concerning officers and the public. Wide-ranging publicity of the camp should also be ensured. Mr. Singh said that the DMs would direct the senior officers of their respective districts to conduct checking/verification of the distribution system on the basis of random sampling. These officers would also keep an eye on the activities of the SOs. The Cabinet Secretary said that it would be the responsibility of the officers and employees to ensure that the PDS was successful. The DMs/SDMs could make adverse comment about such officers/employees who did not perform their duties well. Departmental action would be initiated against such officers/employees. The report of SOs would collected by the SDMs and it would also be reviewed. Action would be initiated against the defaulters. Mr. Singh said that the Government had come to know that the ration card holders were not getting the food grains, sugar and kerosene supply being distributed under the PDS at the fair price. Therefore, the Government has taken this decision. It may be recalled that a date-wise roster has been prepared for the urban and rural areas for the distribution of the articles under the targeted PDS. ********

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On the threshold of ‘social democracy’

KUMARI MAYAWATI

When an eagle takes flight, it has to fly against the wind and not with it

India is a country of more than a billion people. Hence, the world’s largest democracy is getting set to celebrate its 60th year of political Independence. The people of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous and politically mighty State, however, have a different reason to rejoice in the year of 2007.

The rise of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) or the Majority People’s Party to power after the March-May election to the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly is clearly a great phenomenon for ushering in an era of ‘Social Democracy.’ Truly, the U.P. Assembly election-2007 results have created strong undercurrents and a wave in Indian politics. Think of it as a positive and progressive sign as the Shashan Mantra of “Sarwajan Hitai, Sarwaja n Sukhai” (Progress and Prosperity For All) is under way.

Moreover, I would not like to speak about the BSP’s superb electoral victory merely in terms of politics, as people say: “Whoever gets to lord over the Legislative Assembly [of Uttar Pradesh] will have a bearing on who rules at the Centre.” True, the road to Parliament passes through Uttar Pradesh. It is also true that Uttar Pradesh has been dominating the Indian political scene right from Independence. But the bitter fact is that the majority of the people of this Hindi heartland State of U.P. remain in misery and abject poverty and are socially downtrodden. Naturally, people have remained grossly disenchanted and disillusioned with the Congress-like politics and Manuvadi-type of politicians. The BJP too was never different in the eyes of the people.

It is a known fact that victory by majority has been elusive for any so-called high and mighty political party for the past 16 years in Uttar Pradesh for one reason or another. In such circumstances and given the heightened public outcry for good governance, a grand electoral success by the BSP against all odds in the crucial Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh was unprecedented. Social scientists termed this success of the BSP ‘social engineering’ and my political strategy. However, in broader terms, it was a surgical social strike, through political and electoral moves with the best of intentions. This was an uphill and risky task as our country is so orthodox, so archaic in its thoughts and its social structure that very few could even attempt to think of it.

We all know that after Independence the rulers were at liberty to reform our social system — which is so full of inequities, so full of inequalities, discriminations, and of other things, which conflicts with our fundamental rights. But they lacked a strong political will.

To be fair, we all know that an honest, committed, and well-intentioned attempt to serve the greater cause of ‘Social Transformation and Economic Equality’ among its people had never been a fair and honest play in Indian political governance. Disenchantment was thus inevitable. Moreover, social acrimony and caste hatred perpetuated by the Manuvadi politicians guided by vested political and electoral interests played a negative, rather a devastating role in eroding the credibility of a party in a democratic system despite knowing fully well that the failure of parliamentary democracy would result in rebellion, anarchy, and communalism.

In such an atmosphere, we tried our best with solid groundwork. First we united those who have been oppressed, depressed, and exploited. And then tried to bring closer those who have been poles apart under the obnoxious caste system, propounded by a man called Manu and perpetuated by vested interests of Manuvadis who were out to destroy the real democratic system at the grassroots level.

Social harmony, solidarity, and cohesiveness are the trump cards of success of a society and the country. The Bahujan Samaj, as a victim of religious dogmatism, caste hatred, and gross social discrimination, is serious about weeding out this cruel phenomenon in the larger national interest. Thus my message is that we, the BSP people, are the real well-wishers of the oppressed, exploited people and also the poor among the upper castes of society; and that our policies and programmes go beyond the narrow boundaries of caste, class, and creed. My action was a kind of satyagrah and guided by the philosophy of Baba Saheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar that “Whichever action brings the people together is the right action … and insiste nce on such action is satyagrah… Satyagrah is thus bringing people together.”

Here, I can stress that politics should not be the be-all and end-all of the country’s life. After achieving success in our laboratory, in the State of Uttar Pradesh, we are trying to study diligently the real problem faced by the people in States other than U.P. encompassing political, social, religious, and economic aspects, and then fighting it with our own dedicated way for bringing salvation to the downtrodden. We thus started acting solidly on our political philosophy of “Sarwajan Hitai. Sarwajan Sukhai.” To translate the dictum into reality, we are pursuing the case of the poor belonging to the upper castes by advocating reservation for them as well.

People are free to say anything about my move but the fact is that we, the BSP people, are Ambedkarite and hardcore nationalists. The notion that Dalits always adopt a nationalist attitude is beyond any doubt. We are aware that when an eagle takes flight, it has to fly against the wind and not with it. The Dalit situation is similar and they have to progress the same way, mark my submission.

In this course many people may have funny notions about gratefulness, but I would like to quote an Irish philosopher who said: “No man can be grateful at the cost of his honour. No woman can be grateful at the cost of her chastity. And no nation can be grateful at the cost of its liberty.” Perhaps I have made my point that the larger interest of the Bahujan Samaj is above everything for me and my firm belief is that a “Samta-Mulak Samaj” (a society based on equality — politically, socially, and economically) can be established when there will be “proportionate empowerment.” In the meantime, I would like to reiterate that self-respect of each and every section of society should be honoured as it is more important than material gains. Our struggle is for self-respect, not for economic progress alone — for a man it is his birthright to lead an honourable life. A country that fails to protect the self-respect of its people is bound to go down in the dumps.

Coming to another hard and harsh reality of basic differences, particularly on the economic front, between the BSP — the emerging national political power — and the rest of the political parties, I would like to summarise it in one paragraph. India is becoming a roaring capitalist success story and the number of capitalists is increasing every day while the BSP is for the growth in the capital of the country, not in the number of capitalists. This tells the whole tale of our economic philosophy and scheme of things on which we are working under the concept of “Sarwajan Hitai, Sarwajan Sukhai,” which is the crying need of the day.

Pure administration

A change of outlook and a purity of administration are very important for the welfare of the people because the people are more concerned with how the law is administered and not how the law was made. I am making efforts in this direction, too, although the task is arduous and demands sustained efforts at different levels.

Blaming politicians for every kind of malaise in the administration was a fashion and there was a chorus from all around for giving a free hand to bureaucrats in running the administration. I have taken the lead and given them a free hand to run the administration.

Today, bureaucrats can take decisions and act as per the demand of the situation, something they were not used to doing in the past. A strenuous effort is on to take the State out of ‘Jungle Raj’; and rid it of injustice, crime, terror, and corruption; and to help people feel comfortable and tension-free. The elimination of the dreaded dacoit Dadua is a pointer. There is now a chance for every section of society to jump into the fray as the mantra of my government is that a good government is better than an efficient government and no administration can do any good unless its is sensitive. And no administration can be sensitive if it is manned by one community or caste alone.

Can Indian democracy restructure its pyramidal caste hierarchy? People in many parts of the country are eagerly asking this billion dollar question. But they had no satisfactory and logical answer so far. I can, however, most humbly and respectfully claim that at least the BSP, under my leadership, in Uttar Pradesh is making noteworthy efforts to answer this question of great national interest.

Social acrimony is subsiding and rural as well as urban Uttar Pradesh is feeling the impact of social harmony, which was unthinkable until a few months ago. Let us hope for the best and think about this initiative in the larger national interest.

“Uttam Aur Khush-hal Pradesh” (Good & Prosperous State) is in the making in Uttar Pradesh — thanks to a new silent social revolution that is bringing about a change in people’s outlook, which will bring s miles to the faces of each and every section of society, thereby transforming the face of the country as a whole.

Kumari Mayawati, a former teacher, is Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and President of the Bahujan Samaj Party.

Mawati asks party workers to ready for polls

Advantage BSP, says opinion poll – Triple Gem Study Circle

The BSP will come within a whisker of a majority if snap polls are held for the Lok Sabha, according to an opinion poll conducted in 23 States by the Triple Gem Study Circle.

submitting return and tax

Lucknow : August 10, 2007 The State Cabinet has decided to amend rule 41 of the Trade Tax rules of U.P. Trade Tax Act-1948. A decision to this effect was taken by the state cabinet in a meeting presided over by U.P. Chief Minister Km. Mayawati. Under sub rules (1), (2) and (3) of the Rule 41 of U.P. Trade Tax Rules. The last date for submitting return and tax has been fixed as 20th of every month. Earlier the last date for submitting the return and tax for the traders recovering taxable sale and purchase above Rs. 10 lakh under the trade tax rule was 25th of every month. The last date for submitting the return and tax for the traders recovering taxable sale and purchase below Rs. 10 lakh was 25th of every quarterly. The traders were depositing the amount through cheques in different banks. A time of three to four days was spent in clearance of such cheques for the receipt of cheque amount in government treasury. The employees and officers had force many problems in the work of clearance drawing the last week of the month. The adversely affected the routine works. Keeping this difficulty in view, the cabinet has divided that the trade tax return and tax would now be deposited only up to 20th day of every month. ——-

Notification of U.P. Cooperative Sugar Mill Societies (Special Provision) Rules 2007 approved

Lucknow : August 10, 2007 The U.P. Chief Minister Km. Mayawati while presiding over a cabinet meeting on Thursday last accorded sanction for notification of Uttar Pradesh Cooperative Sugar Mill Societies (Special Provisions) Rules, 2007 after making necessary amendments in Uttar Pradesh Cooperative Sugar Mills (Special Provision) Rules 2003. The main amendments include definition of sound business, deletion of word sick and duration of notice, advisor replacing the advisory committee for advising the Registrar. *******

U.P. to regulate allotment of fair price shops

LUCKNOW: The implementation of the present reservation system in the allotment of fair price shops under the Public Distribution System (PDS) in Uttar Pradesh would be made more effective.

The District Magistrates and district supply officers have been directed to ensure that the quota system was strictly followed in the allotment of vacant FP shops in the rural and urban areas of the State.

A reservation of 21 per cent for the Scheduled Castes, 2 per cent for Scheduled Tribes and 27 per cent for Other Backward Classes was provided under the quota system in the State.

Heavy backlog

There were 2,202 vacant FP shops out of the total 71,814 in the State but the quota system was not being properly implemented in the allotment of shops to the beneficiaries, which resulted in a heavy backlog.

A Government Order issued to this effect states that the reservation of FP shops should be calculated on the basis of total number of FP shops in the districts. In case the number of shops allotted to the reserved category was less, then immediate action should be taken to clear the backlog.

Briefing newsmen, the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Shailesh Krishna said in the earlier arrangement the quota was fixed at the block level, which resulted in the backlog.

Now the State Government had ensured that the reserved quota allotment was made at the district level, Mr. Krishna added.

Fill backlog

Mr. Krishna said the DMs and district supply officers had been directed to fill the backlog within three months through a special campaign and these officers would be held accountable for any laxity on this count.

He added that the quarterly review of the backlog position would conducted by the Chief Secretary.

The system of horizontal reservation would also be applied in the allotment of the shops.

Accordingly, 20 percent of the shops would be reserved for women, 8 per cent for the dependents of soldiers wounded or killed during action, five per cent for Freedom Fighters and two per cent for physically impaired persons.

Meanwhile, the Government has directed the DMs to ensure that the roster system was followed in the distribution of foodgrains, sugar and kerosene oil under the PDS.

Streamlining

Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh has issued directives to the DMs for nominating supervising officers in their districts to streamline the PDS.

Mr. Singh said camps would be organised between the fifth and 15th day of each month where the PDS ration would be distributed under the supervision of the supervising officers.

This would ensure improvement in the distribution system and check the practice of foodgrains being sold in the black market by the FP shop licencees

Industry bodies support U.P. move on job quota

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Assocham president Venugopal N. Dhoot has supported the decision of Uttar Pradesh Government for voluntary reservation of jobs for private sector investments in the State.

He said that the unique features of the policy were that those who did not want to avail incentives/tax concessions from the State would not fall under the purview of the job reservation policy. Mr. Dhoot said the agenda push forward for 30 per cent jobs — 10 per cent each for SC, OBCs and backward religious minorities and economically weaker sections from the upper castes — would not make any way industry uncompetitive because there was no dearth of talent. This would, indeed, help the Government to implement its agenda for ‘inclusive growth.’

Assocham had adopted a Code of conduct for its 2,50,000 members from the large, medium and small scale sectors and had started implementing the affirmative action on voluntary basis.

In a meeting of the Assocham Managing Committee held on Friday, the Chamber had created a fund of Rs. 5 crore for skill development and providing basic/higher education to the children from the underprivileged sections of the society.

Noting that U.P. had the potential to become a leading industrial centre of India, given its rich resource base and large labour force, another apex chamber, FICCI, wondered as to how the current initiative of the State Government of ‘voluntary’ reservation of 30 per cent of jobs in the private sector for fresh investment into the state, would make the State more competitive vis-À-vis its six competitor States which rank higher than it.

The industry body said that it would be happy to look at the new frontiers skill training in partnership with the U.P. Government, as it had begun to do with several other States. It will also strongly support reforms in education and health services along with specific projects for Public-Private-Partnership.

U.P. moots voluntary quota in private sector

Special Correspondent

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh Government has proposed voluntary reservation in the private sector for the Scheduled Castes, the Other Backward Classes and religious minorities, and economically weaker sections in the upper castes. This decision was taken at a meeting of the State Cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday.

An official press statement issued on Friday said the voluntary reservation arrangement would be in the form of a contract and would apply to industrial units and private educational institutions that would be set up with government assistance. The contractual arrangement would also extend to infrastructural facilities, service sector projects and divested units.

According to the Cabinet decision, a contractual arrangement would be made with those industrial units which have been given assistance by the State Government or any of its department or agency in the form of land or grant, property, or any other facility.

As per the terms of the voluntary agreement, 10 per cent of the jobs in the private sector would be reserved for the SCs, 10 per cent for the OBCs and religious minorities and 10 per cent for the economically weaker upper caste people.

The press statement said the Cabinet decision was a positive step as there was a likelihood of large-scale private investment in the State.

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Farmers free to sell their produce in open market if they get remunerative prices Lucknow : August 09, 2007 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Km. Mayawati said that the new Agriculture Infrastructure and Investment Policy would not compel the farmers for the Contract Farming. Instead, it would be a voluntary and alternative arrangement for them, she stressed. Those, who were acting hand in glove with the middlemen and the elements exploiting the farmers, were now trying to create confusion among the farmers. The new policy aimed at the uplift of the farmers, she added. Their designs would never succeed, she exhorted. The Chief Minister expressed these views at the press conference held at the Tilak Hall, here today. Some of the disgruntled elements had raised questions on the efficacy of the agricultural reforms of the State through the newspapers, which were totally baseless and their main objective was to create confusion only, she stated. Km. Mayawati said that the contract would be effective for the sale/purchase of the agricultural produce only and the farmers would be free to sell/purchase their produce in the open market. Whenever, the farmers got remunerative prices of their produce they would be free to sell it in the open market, she said. Besides, the farmers would retain their land ownership rights, viz. their land rights would remain intact, she pointed out. The Chief Minister said that so far the farmers were compelled to sell their produce in the mandi through the middlemen who exploited them to the hilt, but the new policy would provide a huge market free of middlemen and the elements trying to exploit them. They would get remunerative prices of their produce, she stressed. The farmers were forced to sell their quick decaying products like vegetables, fruits etc. at a throw away price and they could not get even the cost price of their produce. The middlemen took the advantage of the situation, she pointed out. Now, the entire scenario would change as the investor would directly purchase the product from the farmers’ fields and that too at the remunerative prices, she stated. Km. Mayawati said that the new policy would attract huge investments in the rural areas for which our farmers were just waiting thus far. She said that the capital investment would create a network of agri-based industries and that in turn would create new employment opportunities. Now, the people residing in rural areas would not be forced to go to the big cities like Mumbai and Delhi in search of employment, she pointed out. The C.M. said that the farmers required quality seeds, fertilisers and pesticides urgently. The new policy would meet all these challenges and ensure that the farmers’ needs were fulfilled at their doorstep, she said. Replying the questions regarding the impending danger of the land becoming barren due to use of fertilizers, she said that chemical fertilizers played an important role in making the green revolution successful. Was the land of Punjab and Western Uttar Pradesh became barren due to the use of chemical fertilizers, she asked. Terming this apprehension as baseless, she said that chemical fertilizers would be used according to the need after the verification of land’s quality in a scientific manner. As a result, production and productivity would increase and farmers would be benefited. The Chief Minister said that our policy was to provide big consumer market to the small and marginal farmers, which they can get only if they produce quality crops and they had modern means to reach big and profitable markets. All these things are possible only under the new policy, she said adding that besides the Rabi and Kharif crops, the farmers would be encouraged for other produces during the in between period due to the surplus flow of capital investment. The agriculture workers would also get regular employment and their economic condition including the farmers would improve and the migration of rural people toward cities would be checked. Km. Mayawati said that our policy would extend the facilities of education and health in villages, besides creating the new employment opportunities and changing the face of villages. The prosperity and productivity in rural areas would increase social harmony, she added. Regretting the opposition and confusion created by some political parties which are in league with middlemen, in our efforts of bringing prosperity to farmers, the Chief Minister said that our efforts were to check the exploitation of farmers from middlemen, besides suicides. She said that those who never studied our policy had no basis for opposition of the new policy, which had been introduced with the purpose of checking the exploitation of farmers continued for the last 60 years. The vested interests are raising a false bogey and creating confusion among farmers regarding the farmer oriented policy, but the farmers would not be misguided by their sinister designs, she said. ******

PGI will be turned into the best institute of the country : C.M. Lucknow : August 09, 2007 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Km. Mayawati, while inaugurating the new Dialysis Ward at the SGPGI here today said that the kidney patients specially those belonging to the weaker sections should be benefited from it. She said that all possible efforts should be made to ensure the same. Assuring the PGI of all possible financial aid, she said that the institute would not face any financial constraints. She directed the officers concerned to launch recruitment drive to meet the dearth of the doctors. On the occasion, she laid the foundation of the animal house and central library buildings and directed the officers to ensure that the construction was completed at the earliest and in a qualitative manner. She said that the Government would help making the PGI the best institute of the country. The Chief Minister was addressing a gathering of the medical experts and prominent citizens after inaugurating the Dialysis Ward. Appreciating the contribution of the doctors, she pointed out that the medical community had created its own identity through its hard work. She said that PGI’s credibility had been enhanced as far as quality medical services were concerned. Now, the people were coming to the institute for serious diseases. Km. Mayawati said that tele-medicine department of S.G.P.G.I. was playing an important role in providing suggestions to students of Medical Colleges belonging to the State and country. Congratulating the doctors, officers and employees of the institute, she said they were doing their best efforts for providing better medical facilities to the people, besides creating awareness regarding the serious and chronic diseases. She appealed to the medical fraternity to develop such technology through research, so that the common man was benefited by V.I.P. medical facilities. The Chief Minister directed to the officers for keeping hygienic conditions and clean environment at S.G.P.G.I., besides encouraging tree-plantation for greenery. Emphasising the need of planting Neem and Peepal trees, she said that such trees had significant role in providing good health and better environment. The programme was also addressed by Parliamentary Affairs and Medical Education Minister Mr. Lalji Verma and Chief Secretary Mr. P.K. Mishra. On this occasion, Minister of State for Medical Education Mr. Daddan Mishra, Cabinet Secretary Mr. Shashank Shekhar, Principal Secretary Medical Health and Family Welfare Mr. Arun Kumar Mishra, S.G.P.G.I. Director Prof. A.K. Mahapatra were present, besides the doctors, medical students and eminent citizens. *******

Maya looks to expand in other states

LUCKNOW: After consolidating its position in Uttar Pradesh, the Bahujan Samaj Party is targeting states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Himachal Pradesh. Starting from Madhya Pradesh, the BSP had organised a Kushwaha sammelan in Gwalior and also entrusted Parsnath Maurya to work for bringing Mauryas and Kushwahas in the party fold. It also plans to organise a similar convention in Tikamgarh, Bhopal and Indore in the near future. The BSP had considerable support in Madhya Pradesh, especially in the areas adjacent to Uttar Pradesh. Maurya was recently made head of the backward class commission.

Next is Gujarat which the national general secretary of BSP Satish Chandra Mishra may visit to strengthen the organisation, said sources. The five expelled BJP leaders from Gujarat are not averse to joining the BSP, said a party leader.

The party’s coordinators, sources said, may be sent to Gujarat to assess the situation there.The party also plans to organise dalit-pichda sammelan in the states where elections are to be held in a year or two, said a party leader. A few days back, the BSP had won over the office-bearers of Mukti Morcha in Orissa.The party will then organise caste-based conferences to garner support . Once the BSP completes caste-based conferences, it will organise tour of the party supremo in an atmosphere in favour of the party.

This strategy will be adopted in the states where elections are due in a year or two. In any case the BSP plans to gain foothold in a few states even before the 2009 parliamentary elections. Back home in Uttar Pradesh, the party is chalking out a strategy to win over support of groups which have alienated themselves from the mainstream parties, said a party leader.The BSP thinks that if it wins the by-polls to Ballia parliamentary seat, along with Farrukhabad and Swartanda assembly constituencies, the party will leave an impact on the electorates of the neighbouring

Mukhyamantri Utkrishta Sewa Police Medical for policemen for meritorious service

Lucknow : August 04, 2007 1. In the cabinet meeting presided over by U.P. Chief Minister Km. Mayawati, held on the Friday last, it was decided to give away ‘Mukhyamantri Utkrishta Sewa Police Medical’ to the officers and employees of police department for extraordinary achievement and contribution in their service. Besides, awarding a gold medal of 18 carat worth Rs. 25,000 the awardees would also get cash award of Rs. 25,000. A maximum of three persons would be given this award every year. A five member committee headed by Principal Secretary, Home has been constituted for selecting the awardees. The other member of the committee included Directors General of Police and Fire, Additional Director General of Police (Personnel) and Home Secretary. 2. The cabinet has made certain amendments in U.P. Sahkari Samiti Adhiniyam 1995. A provision has been made by this amendment that such sugar mills in which the State Government has more than 50 p.c. of share capital and if State Government is satisfied that such sugar mills were unable to conduct ‘Sound Business’ and it was essential to have private capital investment/sale of such mills. In such case it would not be compulsory to pass the proposal in the general body meeting for the Registrar. The U.P. cabinet has given assent to the Uttar Pradesh Sahkari Mill Samiti (Sanshodhan) Ordinance-2007. ***********

Farm sector thrown open to private players in UP

Mayawati unveils new agriculture policy for the State

LUCKNOW: In a major policy initiative, the agriculture and allied sector in Uttar Pradesh was thrown open to private players whose role would not be limited to buying the produce directly from the farmers. They will also provide better seeds, fertilisers and pesticides as well as arrange for finance and crop insurance for the farmers for overcoming the hazards of crop loss. Contract farming, introduced for the first time in the State, is another vital component of the new policy.

The Agriculture Infrastructure and Investment Policy, announced by Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday aimed at ensuring all round development of the farm sector in the State where 90 per cent of the farmers were small and marginal, and where 60 per cent of the rural families possessed less than one hectare of land. An Ordinance will be issued soon.

The new policy amends the Uttar Pradesh Krishi Utpadan Mandi Act, 1964 and Uttar Pradesh Krishi Utpadan Mandi Rules, 1965. This has been done to save the farmers from being exploited by middlemen and enable him to get competitive prices for their produce. The policy focuses on, Contract farming; Investors given the rights to purchase the produce directly from the growers; Private investors can set up private “mandis” where the farmers can sell their produce; Small entrepreneurs can set up “kisan bazar” ( called the “haat” in rural parlance) in the joint sector;Farmers can also sell their produce directly to the consumers.

Though the private investors would be able to purchase the farm produce directly from the agriculturists but the cost paid to the farmers would not be less than the minimum support price on the articles decided by the State or Central Government.

Incidentally, the Agri Investment Policy aimed at taking the retail revolution to the rural areas. With this end in view only the major private players would be allowed to invest whose net worth was more than Rs 500 crore and were willing to make capital investment of Rs 5000 crore in the next three years.

Regarding contract farming, the new policy stipulates that the investors could enter into contract only for the purchase of farm produce. They will have no right on the ownership of land, which remains to be vested in the farmer. A model agreement of the contract farming would be chalked out by the prescribed committee. More importantly, the contract system will be optional for the farmers and in case the contracted price was lower than the existing market price of the produce the farmer has been given the option of selling his crop in the open market.

Under the policy, the private investors would be encouraged to invest in food processing, storage, packaging, transportation, distribution and export.

The State Government’s role will be that of a facilitator. Different schemes, policies and infrastructural policies pertaining to road, canals and power would be implemented for enhancing the commercial activities in the rural areas and giving a favourable atmosphere to the investors. Besides, there will be single point approval of licences and single point tax collection.

Addressing a Press conference, the Chief Minister said the new policy had been framed to bring the rural areas in the mainstream of economy by ensuring far-reaching changes in the State’s agriculture scenario. Uttar Pradesh is the first State to bring out such a comprehensive policy, which focussed on the betterment of small and marginal farmers, Ms. Mayawati noted.

She lamented that even after 60 years of Independence the farmer of the State was living in abject poverty since he had been denied proper infrastructure for farming and remunerative prices for his produce.

As a consequence, the condition of the 90 per cent small and marginal farmers had deteriorated.

This had manifested in farmers’ suicide and large-scale migration of the rural population to the urban areas, Ms Mayawati added.

Under the new policy measure, UP hopes to attract investment of Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000 crore in the next three to four years and achieve the target of 5.7 per cent agriculture growth rate in the 11th Five Year Plan ( 2007-2012)

Farm sector thrown open to private players in UP

Mayawati unveils new agriculture policy for the State

LUCKNOW: In a major policy initiative, the agriculture and allied sector in Uttar Pradesh was thrown open to private players whose role would not be limited to buying the produce directly from the farmers. They will also provide better seeds, fertilisers and pesticides as well as arrange for finance and crop insurance for the farmers for overcoming the hazards of crop loss. Contract farming, introduced for the first time in the State, is another vital component of the new policy.

The Agriculture Infrastructure and Investment Policy, announced by Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday aimed at ensuring all round development of the farm sector in the State where 90 per cent of the farmers were small and marginal, and where 60 per cent of the rural families possessed less than one hectare of land. An Ordinance will be issued soon.

The new policy amends the Uttar Pradesh Krishi Utpadan Mandi Act, 1964 and Uttar Pradesh Krishi Utpadan Mandi Rules, 1965. This has been done to save the farmers from being exploited by middlemen and enable him to get competitive prices for their produce. The policy focuses on, Contract farming; Investors given the rights to purchase the produce directly from the growers; Private investors can set up private “mandis” where the farmers can sell their produce; Small entrepreneurs can set up “kisan bazar” ( called the “haat” in rural parlance) in the joint sector;Farmers can also sell their produce directly to the consumers.

Though the private investors would be able to purchase the farm produce directly from the agriculturists but the cost paid to the farmers would not be less than the minimum support price on the articles decided by the State or Central Government.

Incidentally, the Agri Investment Policy aimed at taking the retail revolution to the rural areas. With this end in view only the major private players would be allowed to invest whose net worth was more than Rs 500 crore and were willing to make capital investment of Rs 5000 crore in the next three years.

Regarding contract farming, the new policy stipulates that the investors could enter into contract only for the purchase of farm produce. They will have no right on the ownership of land, which remains to be vested in the farmer. A model agreement of the contract farming would be chalked out by the prescribed committee. More importantly, the contract system will be optional for the farmers and in case the contracted price was lower than the existing market price of the produce the farmer has been given the option of selling his crop in the open market.

Under the policy, the private investors would be encouraged to invest in food processing, storage, packaging, transportation, distribution and export.

The State Government’s role will be that of a facilitator. Different schemes, policies and infrastructural policies pertaining to road, canals and power would be implemented for enhancing the commercial activities in the rural areas and giving a favourable atmosphere to the investors. Besides, there will be single point approval of licences and single point tax collection.

Addressing a Press conference, the Chief Minister said the new policy had been framed to bring the rural areas in the mainstream of economy by ensuring far-reaching changes in the State’s agriculture scenario. Uttar Pradesh is the first State to bring out such a comprehensive policy, which focussed on the betterment of small and marginal farmers, Ms. Mayawati noted.

She lamented that even after 60 years of Independence the farmer of the State was living in abject poverty since he had been denied proper infrastructure for farming and remunerative prices for his produce.

As a consequence, the condition of the 90 per cent small and marginal farmers had deteriorated.

This had manifested in farmers’ suicide and large-scale migration of the rural population to the urban areas, Ms Mayawati added.

Under the new policy measure, UP hopes to attract investment of Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000 crore in the next three to four years and achieve the target of 5.7 per cent agriculture growth rate in the 11th Five Year Plan ( 2007-2012)

For the first time State Government to get such a huge amount as loan

Lucknow : July 26, 2007 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Km. Mayawati disclosed that with the aim of increasing the resources for developmental works, the Central Government has been requested to make available Structure Adjustment Loan of Rs. 15,242 crore from the World Bank. She said that the amount received as loan would be utilised for repayment of earlier loans of the State, taken on higher rates of interest. She said that loans granted by the World Bank had lower rates of interest as such it would reduce the burden of loan interest and amount thus saved would be utilised for encouraging the programmes run for economic reforms and developing infrastructure facilities. The Chief Minister stated that it was for the first time that the Government of India submitted a proposal before the World Bank for loaning of such a huge amount. Generally, World Bank extends loan assistance for a sum ranging between Rs. 1000 crore to Rs. 1500 crore, she added. The Chief Minister said that in consequence to the recommendation of the Government of India, the State Government discussed the matter by contacting the officers of the World Bank. She said that the World Bank has assured to provide the loan assistance to the tune of Rs. 15,242 crore during the current Financial Year. Km. Mayawati said that the loan assistance of the World Bank would not add to the indebtedness of the State, as the amount would be utilised for paying off the already existing loans. She said that it was not a proposal for getting a new loan but it was a debt-swap. The Chief Minister stated that the loan of the World Bank would be available on a cheaper rate of interest of 6.25 per cent, which included all the overheads. The loan already existing was obtained at 11.50 per cent interest rate. Thus, the State would save about five per cent as rate of interest. She informed that on the loan of the World Bank, the State would not have to repay the principal amount for five years due to moratorium. She said that the proposed loan would reduce the rate of interest at the rate Rs. 1450 crore p.a. in the first five years, besides it would benefit the State in the shape of lower interest rates for the next 20 years. ———-

NBW issued against MP in MLA’s murder case

For alleged abduction and intimidation of an eyewitness

Umesh Pal lodged an FIR against the Phoolpur MP

Atiq’s brother has been declared an absconder last week

Feeling the heat: Atiq Ahmed, MP.

Allahabad: A non-bailable warrant has been issued against Samajwadi Party strongman and MP Atiq Ahmed asking him to surrender before police within a week in connection with alleged abduction and intimidation of an eyewitness in the BSP MLA Raju Pal murder case.

“Proceedings have been initiated against Atiq Ahmed, the Lok Sabha member from Phoolpur under section 82 of CrPC following an FIR lodged in the Dhoomanganj police station in the city by Umesh Pal, an eyewitness in the Raju Pal murder case,” DIG, Allahabad Range, Vijai Kumar told PTI here.

He said as part of the proceedings, a notice was put out at Atiq’s residence in the city on Wednesday, whereby he has been asked to surrender before police within a week, failing which he would be declared an absconder and his property would be attached.

The DIG said Umesh Pal, who is also a member of the Zila Panchayat and a relative of Raju Pal, had alleged that he was picked up by Atiq’s henchmen on February 28, 2006, and taken to Atiq’s office in the Chakia locality where he was beaten up and asked to retract from his statement before the trial court.

Atiq’s brother Ashraf, a former MLA and co-accused in the Raju Pal murder case, had been declared an absconder last week.

Raju Pal was shot dead here in broad daylight on January 25, 2005, three months after his electoral debut from the Allahabad West Assembly seat.

In the by-poll that followed the death of Pal, Ashraf wrested the seat surmounting a strong sympathy wave in favour of the slain MLA’s wife Puja who was fielded by the BSP.

However, in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections held this year, Puja managed to defeat Ashraf by a margin of around 10,000 votes.

The crackdown on Atiq and Ashraf follows the promise made by Mayawati during the election campaign and reiterated by her upon her assuming the Chief Ministership that the culprits in Raju Pal murder case would be brought to justice once her party was voted to power. — PTI

Uttar Pradesh Seeks a Development Package of Rs.80,000 Crore From the Government of India

Our top priority is to ensure that Uttar Pradesh becomes a state which is Injustice-free, crime-free, fear-free and corruption-free and to create an Environment of development, ensure the rule of law in every walk of life and Create a society of “Sarvajan hithay – sarvajan sukhay” (welfare of all and Happiness for all)

- Km. Mayawati Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh

Request to Government of India for financial Assistance to bring Purvanchal and Bundelkhand into the mainstream of Development

Demand of Rs. 9400 crore to fill the infrastructural gaps in Purvanchal

Demand for assistance of Rs. 4700 crore to fill the Infrastructure gaps in Bundelkhand.

-In addition, a demand to provide “Special Area Incentive Package” to enterprises in both these regions, (Exemption From central excise for 10 years, exemption from Income Tax-100% for 10 years and 30% for next 5 years and 15% subsidy on capital investment)

special assistance of approx. Rs. 22,000 crore for Development of Agriculture and Allied activity.

Assistance of Rs. 6500 crore for Development activities relating to Rural development and Panchayati Raj

Assistance of Rs. 13,300 crore for the other development proposals.

assistance of Rs. 23,800 crore for the development of people belonging to SC/ST, OBC, religious minorities and upper caste, living below poverty line.

Along with this, it has also been urged that the backlog of reserve vacancies lying vacant in the Entire country be filled up in accordance with the Reservation policy of Government of India. To Implement the reservation policy in private and other sectorsalso by making amendment in the Constitution and placing the same in the Ninth Schedule.

Demand to extend the benefit of reservation policy to the people of upper caste also living below Poverty line and to make require amendment in the constitution.

Department of U.P. Information and Public Relations, Uttar Pradesh

 

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