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‘Give Bharat Ratna to Kanshi Ram’

Special Correspondent

It will be an honour for the people of the country, says Mayawati

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Saturday demanded that the nation’s highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna, be conferred posthumously on her political mentor and founder of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Kanshi Ram, for his contribution towards creating social and political awareness among the crores of Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e.,The Great Prabuddha Bharath .

Addressing a press conference here, she said she had placed the demand in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Ms. Mayawati said Kanshi Ram deserved the honour as he had devoted his entire life for the uplift of the downtrodden sections.

She said he had instilled self-confidence in the Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e.,The Great Prabuddha Bharath, deprived and backward sections, who had been divided into several castes.

Referring to media reports that the names of the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the former West Bengal Chief Minister, Jyoti Basu, were under consideration, the Chief Minister said her government and the ruling party welcomed the move.

However, conferring the Bharat Ratna on the BSP founder would be an honour for the people of the country.

‘Special gifts’

Meanwhile, some public welfare measures, she referred to as “special gifts” for the people, would be announced on her birthday on January 15.

Stating that her birthday would be celebrated in a simple manner throughout the country, she said she had appealed to her partymen to render financial help to poor widows, the elderly and physically impaired persons of the “sarv saamaj” on the occasion. She also appealed to her cadres to extend financial assistance to the party on the day.

Big plans for Mayawati’s birthday

BANGALORE: On the occasion of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s birthday on January 15, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the State has decided to distribute Rs. 5,000 each to five women belonging to poor families in each Assembly constituency of the State. BSP State unit president M. Muniyappa told presspersons here on Saturday that the party would collect money from party workers to celebrate their leader’s birthday in a grand manner on Tuesday. — Special Correspondent

‘Pejawar seer wants to meet Mayawati’

Special Correspondent



Party not aware of the reasons behind the request

BSP to contest Assembly polls on its own



BANGALORE: The Bahujan Samaj Party State unit on Wednesday claimed that Pejawar Math pontiff Vishvesha Thirtha Swamiji has sought an appointment with party supremo Mayawati.

Addressing presspersons, BSP State unit president Marasandra Muniyappa said the Pejawar seer was keen on meeting Ms. Mayawati. However, he said the party was not aware of the exact reasons behind such a meeting sought by him.

Mr. Muniyappa only said that the success of Ms. Mayawati’s social engineering experiment in Uttar Pradesh in which the party joined hands with the upper castes as well as the oppressed communities had resulted in people from various communities, including the upper castes, moving towards the BSP in Karnataka.

He said the party State unit was in an upbeat mood ever since Ms. Mayawati addressed a convention in Bangalore recently. More than 1,000 persons were joining the party every day from various communities ever since Ms. Mayawati’s visit, he claimed. During her Karnataka visit, Ms. Mayawati had assured poor people from upper castes of providing 10 per cent reservation in private sector if her party came to power at the Centre.

Mr. Muniyappa said the party would contest all the 224 Assembly seats in the State on its own without entering into any alliance with other political parties.

In a statement, the party said the former Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences R. Chandrashekhar would join its fold.

Meanwhile, the BSP State unit has decided to celebrate Ms. Mayawati’s birthday on January 15 in a novel way by providing financial aid of Rs. 5,000 each to five destitute women and poor widows from every Assembly constituency in the State.

Mr. Muniyappa said about 1,300 persons would receive the financial aid at a programme to be held on that day at the Ambedkar Bhavan in Bangalore.

He said the funds for such an aid would be raised from the party members instead of collecting donations from industrialists

Contribute financially on my birthday, says Mayawati

BSP chief Mayawati said she has appealed to her supporters to celebrate her birthday on Monday by ‘contributing financially’ to the party and for welfare activities.

The UP Chief Minister, who will turn 52 on January 14, said that she had asked ‘party workers and well-wishers to undertake welfare activities for helpless widows, the old and meritorious poor students’ on the occasion.

“This would be the most valuable and important gift for me,” she said and asked BSP workers to celebrate the occasion with simplicity in view.

Mayawati said a book My Story of Struggle: BSP’s Journey - Part 3 would be released on the occasion in New Delhi and also promised a slew of schemes for the people, but refused to divulge them till then.

The Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa i.e.The Great Prabuddha Bharath leader was earlier this week virtually given a clean chit by the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal which said she received gifts out of veneration and personal esteem.

Mass conversion held in Nellore district of Andhrapradesh under the banner of AMBEDKAR DHARMA PORATA SAMITHI(ADPS)

There was a big mass conversion held in Nellore district of Andhrapradesh under the banner of AMBEDKAR DHARMA PORATA SAMITHI(ADPS) , means Ambedkar’s Dharma Struggle Committee, the organisation dedicated for spreading Babasaheb Ambedkar’s ideology especially in spreading buddism.  Organisation’ s President Jnanabodhi Sri. Ingilala Ramachandra Rao presided the programme.  Bangalore based buddhist bhikku Sri. Bodhi Datta banteji gave panchseela and addressed gathering and stressed to need to follow buddhist priniciples in daily life and taught how to do Metta Meditation.  Later 22 precepts given to the gathering by Sri. Ramachandra Rao and gave presidential speech.  The programmed held in Nellore Town hall, on 25th December 2007, began around 4.30Pm. and ended 6.30p.m after taking big rally in the streets of Nellore town with Jaibheem and long live Buddhism slogans by committed cadres of ADPS. Around 2000+ participated in proframme, includes mainly dalits, few tribals, obc casts and interestingly some muslims also got converted. The rural crowd mostly seemed to be very serious about buddhist conversion.  The occasion they choose is on December 25, on which day Babasaheb burnt Manusmuthi publicly , which is based on inequality and cruelty on humanity. From Bangalore I attended with Some BSP friends and translated Bhanteji.s english speech into Telugu.

Regards,
Kodanda Rama
Bangalore

 

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For The Gain of the Many and For the Welfare of the Many

C.M. will herself regularly monitor development and progress of welfare programmes in N.O.I.D.A.

Lucknow : 08 January, 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Km. Mayawati conducted surprise check at the district hospital of Gautam Buddha Nagar (N.O.I.D.A.) today. During her visit she received a number of complaints regarding the maintenance and poor condition of the hospital. She found that the surgical ward, dental/E.N.T./O.P.D. and other wards were in poor condition and very dirty. The distribution of the medicines was not up to the mark. There was no proper arrangement of treatment of the patients at the hospital. Owing to the indifference of the doctors she ordered immediate suspension of Chief Medical Superintendent Dr. H.M. Kansal. Km. Mayawati also ordered suspension of A.D.M., Land Acquisition, Mr. Manvendra Singh with immediate effect as a large number of complaints had been received against him. The Chief Minister, after conducting surprise check at the district hospital, inspected the under construction campus of the Gautam Buddha University at the Greater N.O.I.D.A. and took detailed stock of the situation from the Vice Chancellor Mr. R.S. Nirjhar regarding the future shape and schemes of the University. She also inspected the park situated in front of sector 15 A and 16 A. She was informed that earlier there was a beautiful park here, which was in poor condition now and was also facing encroachment. The local residents, present on the occasion, informed the C.M. that since there was no boundary wall in this area the people were facing difficulties while visiting park. They also demanded that beautification of the park should also be carried out, on which the C.M. directed the officers of N.O.I.D.A. to take immediate action. Thereafter, the C.M. addressed a public gathering at sector 18 of N.O.I.D.A. and said that the State Government was committed to the interests of the farmers. All the sections of the society would be provided security, she stated. The State Government had set up a committee headed by the Commissioner for compensation, she added. She said that after consulting the people’s representatives and farmers the appropriate rate of compensation would be decided within a month’s time. She said that the villages would be developed like sectors and facilities like sewer, drainage, water and power supply would also be provided. She said that the quota of the farmers in the developed sectors would be increased to 17.5 per cent from existing 12.5 per cent. Referring to those villages where the farmers were not provided residential plots; Km. Mayawati said that all of them should be provided residential plots by March 31, 2008 by launching a drive. She said that the officers had been directed to take reasonable action by re-examining the cases where the farmers complain that their locality had been acquired. The action should be taken by March 2008, she emphasised. She said that in future the team of officers would visit the villages before acquisition and discuss the matter with the farmers and the people’s representatives and thereafter send the proposal to the Government. Strict action would be initiated against land mafias and officers if they tried to encroach upon the land of the Authority, she warned. The Chief Minister said that Rs. One crore had been sanctioned for the N.O.I.D.A. police administration with a view to improving the law and order of the area and also to provide modern equipment to the local police. She directed the officers to provide modern equipment to the police within a month. She also directed the officers to submit a work plan by 28 February 2008 for the modernisation of traffic, parking, sanitation, beautification, transport, power and water supply of N.O.I.D.A. She said that the work plan would be effectively implemented from March 1, 2008. Km. Mayawati, in her address, said that when she came into power people thought that she would not visit N.O.I.D.A. and they would do their own things. She said that she would herself monitor the development of N.O.I.D.A. She said that the officers of the Authority had been directed regarding the problems of the residents of the Atta rural area and said that the proper action should be taken only after the disposal of the cases pending in the court. She said that the State Government had been formed on the basis of Sarvajan Hitai, Sarvajan Sukhai therefore no decision against the wishes of the people would be taken. The M.P./ Chairman U.P. State Advisory Council Mr. Satish Chandra Mishra, Cabinet Secretary Sashank Skekar Singh and other senior officers were present on the occassion.

Centre not cooperating with State ever since the BSP Government came into power in UP : CM

New Delhi : 7 January 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Km. Mayawati said that ever since the BSP Government had come into power in the State, the Centre had not extended any cooperation. Because of that the State Government was unable to accelerate the process of development in U.P. and also because of the Centre’s apathy the interests of the people of the State were being neglected. Terming the comments made by the Central Government and people belonging to Congress Party regarding the State Government as baseless and unnecessary, the C.M. cited those issues and cases in detail through which the State Government had made several requests and demands to the Centre during the last eight months. The Centre had not taken any constructive step to consider these requests and demands made by the State Government. The Chief Minister was interacting with the media persons at the country’s capital here today. Referring to the federal system of the country, she said that the states had to rely upon the Centre to a large extent for their development. She said that without the Centre’s cooperation no state could achieve requisite development despite its all-possible efforts. Giving a chronological description of the Government’s efforts for seeking Centre’s cooperation regarding State’s development, Km. Mayawati said that within a few days after coming into power, she had made a courtesy call to the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. During the meeting she had apprised him of the conditions prevailing in the State. She had sought Centre’s cooperation on several important issues which included sanction of coal blocks for new power plants, urban development, tourism, setting up of an international airport at Jewar (Aligarh) and central assistance for financial balance. She said that despite the assurances made by the Prime Minister, no constructive action had been initiated so far on most of the requests of the State. Referring to the efforts made by the Government to meet the challenge of power shortage in the State, the C.M. said that despite constraints several power projects had been initiated by the U.P. Government in public, private and joint sectors. Owing to the non-cooperative attitude of the Central Government, the energy crisis of the State could not be solved. Giving proof to support her statement, she said that the Centre was setting up eight ultra mega power projects of 4000 MW each in the country, but not even a single plant was being sanctioned for U.P. Referring to the letter written to the Prime Minister in this regard, she said that from such kind of projects a state gets 50-60 per cent of power generated. And this allocation of power solved energy blues of a State to a great extent. Citing her request made to the Union Government for providing 1000 MW of power from the Central Pool to meet the power demand of the State, Km. Mayawati said that the Centre did not pay any heed to it. Referring to the demand of allotting separate blocks for coal linkage for new power projects in the State, she said that the same was allocated with three states jointly. Regarding Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme, she said that the Centre had not provided any amount last year. She said that for improving the power distribution system of the State schemes costing Rs. 500 crore under the APDRP were pending with the Centre. Reacting to the baseless and unnecessary comments made by several Central Ministers and people belonging to the Congress Party regarding the power shortage and deficiencies in other areas, the C.M. said that it clearly indicated that the Central Government and the Congress Party were not cooperating with the State on one hand, while on the other both were acting irresponsibly. The Chief Minister, mentioning her meeting with the Prime Minister of India regarding her demand for Rs. 80,000 special package for allowing development of Bundelkhand and eastern regions of Uttar Pradesh, regretted that Central Government had so far not initiated any action for sanction of the package. Pointing to the insensitive attitude of the Central Government towards the demand of Rs. 7016 crore package for relief and development of works in Bundelkhand region, the Chief Minister said that this included Rs. 2049 crore for relief, employment generation and other development works and Rs. 4867 crore for medium and long term projects. Highlighting the negligent attitude of the Central Government for safeguarding the interests of farmers, the Chief Minister said that the Government of Uttar Pradesh initiated action for ensuring availability of fertilisers according to the needs of the farmers as soon as it came into power. The sequence of events started with her first meeting with the Prime Minister after the formation of her government in the state. But the negligent attitude of the Union Government, which started with her meeting with the Prime Minister, was still going on despite the commitment of State Government for safeguarding the interest of the farmers. The Chief Minister said that as against the demand of economic assistance of Rs. 16,000 crore a sum of Rs. 6,500 crore was made available by the Central Government. A demand of Rs. 1900 crore was made in the meeting of the National Development Council held in the month of May last year, for agriculture, irrigation, cooperative, fertiliser industry and adding to the income of the farmers, the Central Government had yet not taken any action on such important issues. She said that the assistance of Rs. 19,000 crore which was to be received from Central Government has yet not been received. The Chief Minister said that for checking out the devastation caused by the floods of the rivers originating from Nepal in eastern districts of Uttar Pradesh, a sum of Rs. 2200 crore was demanded from Central Government by formulating action plan and for rehabilitation, but the Union Government had so far not initiated any action in this connection. Referring to the efforts made by the Government for the development of the State and also for the welfare of various categories of the country, the C.M. said that her government had written to the Central Government to provide benefits of reservation to the Dalit Christians, but the Centre had not responded so far. She had also requested the Centre to fulfil the reservation backlog all over the country, to make provision of reservation in the private sector, provide reservation facility to the poor people of the upper caste, but the Centre had not taken a constructive action in this regard. On the occasion, the Chief Minister said that keeping the interests of the Sarva Samaj, the State Government had taken a historic decision to provide reservation facility in the units being set up in private sector with the cooperation of the State Government. In the units being set up in the private sector receiving special facilities from the Government, 10 per cent of the employment would be given to each of the SC, OBC and religious minorities and poor people of the upper castes. Besides, under the new practical and realistic economic policy, provisions have been made to implement reservation policy applicable in the government services to the disinvested enterprises/undertakings/institutions. The Chief Minister said that the State Government had requested for CBI inquiry in cases like food grains scam, Raju Pal murder case, Madarsa case under Kareli police station, Allahabad and Shashi murder case of Faizabad, from the Centre, but no action had been taken so far by the Union Government. Besides, Km. Mayawati said that the State Government was providing full cooperation to the Centre to deal with terrorism. She said that the Union Government should also support the State Government to deal with it. She said that since the Centre was unable to effectively keep a vigil on the international borders, the terrorists were infiltrating in the country. These terrorists were posing threats to the internal security of the country. If the borders of the country were effectively guarded then these terrorist could not have infiltrated in the country. The C.M. said that the security and development were the top priorities of any State or Socity and they should not be compromised at any cost. These issues should be taken as of national interest. She said if the Centre was serious towards the development of Uttar Pradesh then it would have taken our proposals seriously and approved them immedeately.

U.P. joins the economic mainstream of the country with the implementation of VAT : Chief Minister

Lucknow : January 01, 2008 Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Km. Mayawati, while providing information regarding the historical decision of VAT becoming effective in the State from the very first day of the new year, has said that with this the Government of Bahujan Samaj Party has ensured the inclusion of Uttar Pradesh into the national economic mainstream. She expressed confidence that the VAT regime of U.P. will yield best results in India and will also play an important role in the development of industry and commerce. Km. Mayawati was today addressing media representatives at her official residence 5-Kalidas Marg, regarding the decision of implementation of VAT system. She said that her Government, by following the dictum of ‘Sarvajan Hitay-Sarvajan Sukhay’ is committed to the welfare of Sarva Samaj. With this motive the Government accorded sanction to the introduction of VAT, so that the common man gets quality items of his daily need at minimum prices. The Chief Minister expressed confidence that by introducing VAT and making the tax structure of U.P. at par with other States, illegal transportation of goods will be curbed and all, including the common public, farmers, industries and traders will benefit. The Chief Minister made it clear that with the implementation of VAT, tax rates have been reduced with the motive of helping farmers, industry and common man. She has called upon the manufacturers and the traders to pass on the benefit of this tax reduction to the consumers. Chief Minister, Km. Mayawati also told that keeping in view the needs of the common man, tax rate on 91 items has been reduced in VAT. The tax applicable on kerosene oil distributed under the public distribution has been reduced to four per cent from the previous tax of 10 per cent. Tax on all milk products, medicines, bicycles and matches has been reduced from 8 per cent to 4 per cent. Traditional Chikan clothes, Banarasi Sarees as well as clothes prepared from handloom have been totally exempted from tax. Pen, computers, computer stationery- the items use by students have also been provided a tax reduction. Bangles, vermilion (sindoor) and bindi have also been made tax-free. The tax applicable on sewing machine has been reduced to 4 per cent from the previous rate of 10 per cent. Cosmetics, on which a tax of 16 per cent was applicable under the previous tax structure will now invite a reduced tax of 12 and half per cent. Under VAT, the State Government has exempted all varieties of seeds and agriculture implements from tax and has also reduced tax on chemical fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides as well as water pumps where a reduced tax of 4 per cent will be applicable. Coarse food grains like Jwar, Bajra, Makka and Jau have been totally exempted from tax. The tax on tractor and tractor-trolley has been reduced to 4 per cent from the previous rate of 5 per cent. Tax on all industrial produce as well as in items used in information technology have been reduced to 4 per cent. While referring to the decision of her previous government to implement VAT in the State, the Chief Minister said that her Government had made the necessary preparations but the Centre did not take any decision at that time. The result was that VAT could not be made effective in the State. Km. Mayawati said that from 01 April, 2005 majority of States and Union Territories opted for the VAT regime but the preceding government of the State while succumbing to the pressure of certain selfish elements failed to implement it in U.P., because this transparent system, capable of curbing tax-evasion is completely in public interest. The result was that the development of new industry was adversely affected and industrialists as well as traders also suffered. In spite of concessions being provided to the industries they had to pay it tax of two and a half per cent on raw material which was affecting the industrial production of the State. No new industries were being set up in U.P. and the already established industries were also migrating to other states. Only certain selfish elements benefited from the non-implementation of VAT, while petty traders and consumers underwent exploitation. This amply clarifies that why the previous government of the State hobnobbed with these elements. While terming the behaviour of some trade leaders and the bundh, dharna, agitation, hunger strike etc. sponsored by them as totally wrong and irresponsible, the Chief Minister regretted that these leaders were misguiding traders. The parties of these leaders were ruling in those states where the VAT had already been implemented. Most of the states of the country were governed either by the BJP or Congress party or supported by these parties and VAT had been implemented in all these states. Referring to the neighbouring states of U.P., she said that in Delhi and Haryana, the Congress is at the helm of affairs and BJP governments are ruling Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himanchal Pradesh and Rajasthan states. The governments of BJP alliance are ruling in Punjab and Bihar states. She said that some elements are publicising that tax rate in Uttar Pradesh is higher than neighbouring states which is completely misleading and baseless. She made it clear that in comparison with the neighbouring states these rates are much less in U.P.. This is a conspiracy to malign the government of Uttar Pradesh and confuse the common man, she added. The C.M. said that there are arrangements under VAT rules, that if any problem arises after the implementation of VAT, then a pragmatic and legal solution would be found immediately. The Chief Minister said that her party’s government was serious regarding the interests of small traders. Therefore, it had increased the registration limit from Rs. 2 or 3 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh, keeping in view to bailing out the small traders from the tax. For the traders, having the sales up to Rs. 50 lakh, settlement scheme had been implemented and the arrangements have been made for refunding the amount into the bank accounts of the traders directly within 30 days. The one per cent development tax levied on trading, having a turn over of more than Rs. 50 lakh has been abolished She said that after the implementation of VAT the self-tax assessment would be made in all cases and all the tax rebate forms had been abolished. She said that her government was committed for a transparent tax system in which the honest taxpayers would get full protection and honour. Referring to the historical decisions and arrangements for the all-round development of industries and welfare of traders, the Chief Minister said that there were many decisions, which were not implemented in other States. She referred to the decisions of abolition of provision against prosecution of traders, establishing a settlement commission for immediate disposal of cases of more then Rs. one lakh tax and penalty amount, setting up of State Tax Board for effective tax policy etc. Km. Mayawati said that Commercial Tax Department had already set up modern computerised trader facility centre and registration cell for the facility of taxpayers and all the departmental works would be fully computerised in the next six months. The Chief Minister said that commercial tax comprises about 58 per cent in the total revenue of the State. 10 per cent growth rate has been fixed for the State under the 11th Five Year Plan for which heavy capital is needed. This situation necessitated implementation for a tax-system, having less rates of taxes and capable of collection of more and more tax revenue. With the implementation of VAT, interest of each and every section would be protected in the State.The Chief Minister said that with the implementation of VAT, 15 rates of trade taxes were reduced to four. Rates of taxes have been reduced on 91 articles. Tax rates of 75 articles have remained unchanged.Only 20 articles are such of which rates have increased but the option of reconsidering this rate is still open.

Combined efforts of Centre and State necessary to deal with terrorism

Lucknow : January 01, 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Km. Mayawati, while condemning the terrorist attack on the Group Centre of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) carried out this morning in Rampur district, said that the combined efforts of the Centre and the State were needed to deal with terrorism. She has announced an economic assistance of Rs. 1 lakh to the family members of the each deceased on behalf of the State Government and directed the officers to take all precautionary measures through out the State to check repeat of such incidents. It may be recalled that some unknown persons entered the Group Centre of the CRPF around 2:45 a.m. and opened firing at sentry post, guard room and control room in which seven CRPF jawans and one unknown person were killed. Besides, three CRPF jawans, one civil police constable of Civil Lines police station and a home guard were seriously wounded in the accident. Proper medical attention was being provided to the injured persons. The senior officers had reached the spot and extensive search was being conducted in the area. Km. Mayawati has condemned the incident. She has directed the officers to arrest the guilty at the earliest and provide better medical care to the injured person. She said that the terrorists were trying to weaken the democracy by carrying out such attack, but we would never allow their intentions to succeed. She further said that the Centre had been requested to provide help to the State so that it could tight the terrorism effectively.

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INTERVIEW WITH MAYAWATI

Dressed in a simple yellow salwar kameez, the glow on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s face reflects her electoral high. Fresh from her rallies in the faraway south, she spoke to India Today Editor Prabhu Chawla and Assistant Editor Priya Sahgal about her plans. Excerpts:

Q. Why are you going beyond UP and touring different parts of the country as well?
A. Apart from being a chief minister, I am also the national president of my party. So I have to take care of the party in other states as well as in UP.

Q. But Uttar Pradesh is such a backward state. Shouldn’t you concentrate more on it?
A. I have no hassles handling UP. For 57 years, the state has been ruled by non-BSP parties which is why it is so backward. In my first term as the chief minister, in four months I did the work of four years.

Q. Is the next prime minister going to be from the state?
A. (laughs) I will change the face of Uttar Pradesh first.

Mayawati: 'What's the blackmail in asking for SPG cover?'

Mayawati: ‘What’s the blackmail in asking for SPG cover?’
Q. Why are you now talking about your security? Are you scared?
A. I am not scared while I am in Uttar Pradesh. But after BSP got an absolute majority there and began making inroads in other states, the other parties got unhappy. That’s why they keep telling me to stay in UP where I have my own Government and I can be safe. But if I don’t go out of UP how will my party increase its base? The Uttar Pradesh Government wrote to the Central Government on the basis of intelligence reports and asked for SPG (Special Protection Group) cover for me. The Centre in turn asked why does she need the cover? She is the chief minister and should stay in the state. Why do they forget that I am the national president of a party as well?

Q. So you are saying your enemies want to limit you to UP?

A. Yes, but they will soon themselves be limited to a few states. When I ask the Centre for security they say yes, there is a need but we can’t give it as it’s a rule that SPG can only be given to PMs, ex-PMs and their families.

Q. Have you asked for the SPG Act to be amended?
A. I am not a PM or an ex-PM or the child of an ex-PM. If they can make an amendment for an ex-PM’s family, then why not for a Dalit’s daughter? I am a hard-working girl.

Q. You talked about the danger from a Congress leader. Who is he?
A.
There is one Atiq Ahmad who is being protected by a Congress leader in Delhi. I will reveal his name when the time is right. When there is a warrant against Ahmad and we want to arrest him, why are they hiding him?

Q. You are a popular Dalit leader. Why should anyone harm you?
A.
It’s to do with the way BSP is racing ahead. Obviously, when BSP rushes ahead, other parties will be hurt. First the Congress, then BJP.

Q. Should Narendra Modi be given SPG cover too? You do concede he is more in danger than you are.
A.
That is for the Gujarat state intelligence and the Central Government to decide.

Q. In 2004, before the elections, Sonia Gandhi did come and ask you for seat adjustments.
A.
Yes, they wanted a seat adjustment. That is correct. Sonia did come and ask for a national-level alliance but we were not ready. I said my people do not want it. She was very samajhdaar (understanding), she did not grumble. She understood.

Q. What is your relationship with the Congress?
A.
I don’t need anything from the Congress or BJP. My party fights alone. In 1996 with the Congress, it was they who needed us when we had an alliance. Our votes were transferred to them but their votes were not transferred to us. That is when we decided that if we don’t gain anything out of this, then why should we go in for an alliance? Everyone gains from us but we gain from none.

Q. But Rahul feels that the 1996 alliance harmed the Congress. Do you feel that the Congress has become more anti-BSP under Rahul?
A.
What difference does that make? Let it be. We all saw what happened back in May 2004.

Q. Some people accuse you of practising the politics of blackmail.
A.
Where is the blackmail in asking for SPG for my security? I am not asking for money for myself, for a house or a bungalow. I have only raised issues that are for the good of the people of UP. You call that blackmail?

Financial aid is not blackmail. What reply will I give to the people of my state who will ask us why are we supporting the Centre that is not giving us any aid?

BJP told me in 2003 that it wanted to see me as CM forever. I understood that they wanted me to remain in UP while they ruled at the Centre. They wanted me to support them in 60 out of 80 seats in the state in the event of a mid-term poll. I said no. They put political pressure on me and embroiled me in the Taj Corridor case.

They also lodged a disproportionate assets case against me. Then BJP went out and the Congress came to power. You know income tax appellate had given me a clean chit one-and-half years ago. What has happened now is only the confirmation of the tribunal’s order. Why was the clean chit being held over since 2004?

 
Q. In 1998, you promised Vajpayee your support and then changed your mind during the vote of confidence.
A.
They cheated me in 1997, when BSP and BJP had a power-sharing arrangement in UP. They are dhokebaaz (not to be trusted) and jhoote (liars). When I was CM, I did not try to break their party and even gave them the post of the speaker. But six months later, they tried to break my MLAs. Just as they cheated me, I cheated them. I said in Parliament that I will abstain and then the next day voted against them (NDA government in 1998). I said to myself, I will destroy you in the entire country. If Vajpayeeji can do it, so can I saam daam dand bhed ke saath (with affection, money, punishment and divide). Just as he did to me.

Q. Others states are improving, but UP stays where it is.
A.
Look at UP’s size and the population of other states. Himachal’s is only 55 lakh, while UP’s is 17 crore.

Q. So do you think UP should be divided into smaller states?
A.
I have no objections. If the Centre is ready, we will make western UP, Poorvanchal, Bundelkhand. Our party favours small states, we supported Uttarakhand. Let the Central Government be ready, we will quickly pass it in the state Assembly. When we form the government at the Centre, we will make small states.

Q. So who is your biggest enemy— Mulayam, BJP or the Congress?
A.
All of them and their allies.

Q. Will you not compromise with any of them?
A.
The question does not arise. We don’t need an alliance with any party.

Q. Tomorrow, to become PM you may need allies. But here you are fighting with everyone.
A.
BSP has no enemies.

Q. Who are your friends ?
A.
Desh ki aam junta (the public).

Q. Will you withdraw support from the Congress?
A.
We have put our demands in front of them. First, I will celebrate my birthday, cut my cake, accept the wishes of the people and then decide.

Q. Don’t you think your birthday parties are rather extravagant?
A.
My birthday is celebrated in a way that no other leader’s is. People donate money in my name. My birthday will be celebrated all over India, in each state. And on this day, we will help widows, the handicapped and the poor.

Q. They also collect money in your name for the party.
A.
Other parties ask big industrialists for help, I take help from my workers. That’s the difference. I say openly I collect from our membership drive.

Q. Even big industrialists don’t spend so much on their birthdays.
A.
I don’t spend. It’s the party that does all the celebrations.

Q. Is Sonia Gandhi invited?
A.
Does anyone send out invitations? People come on their own.

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Rampur terror attack: 2 CRPF men to be suspended
Friday, 11 January , 2008, 23:25
New Delhi: Two senior officials of the Central Reserve Police Force are to be placed under suspension in connection with the terror attack on the Rampur recruitment centre of the force in Uttar Pradesh which left eight persons dead.
 
The Home Ministry is understood to have given its nod to the file seeking disciplinary action against the two officials of the paramilitary force, sources said.

There was no official word either from the Ministry or from the CRPF on this.

On the New Year’s day, seven CRPF personnel and a civilian were killed when heavily armed militants stormed the centre.

The Uttar Pradesh government has charged a few CRPF men with helping the militants to storm the camp while the paramilitary force alleged a vehicle that ferried the ultras to the spot carried the flag of a major political party.

The UP police questioned two CRPF personnel, including one from Jammu and Kashmir, in this connection.

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Airports alerted across state
9 Jan 2008, 0310 hrs IST,Pervez Iqbal Siddiqui ,TNN

LUCKNOW: A high alert has been sounded across all airports in Uttar Pradesh following fresh intelligence inputs of a terror strike on the lines of Kandhar hijacking. Once bitten twice shy, the security agencies in the state this time are leaving no stone unturned to eliminate all possibilities of a terror strike, especially after the attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Group Centre (GC) at Rampur.

After a foiled attempt to hold hostage, the All India Congress Party national general secretary Rahul Gandhi - which was grounded with the arrest of three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) fedayeens (suicide bombers) by the Special Task Force (STF) in Lucknow in November, the terror outfits are now believed to be planning another attempt to rescue some of their important leaders lodged in different jails across India. The arrested fedayeen had revealed during interrogation that the plan was to hold Rahul hostage and demand release of 45 LeT points men lodged in jails.

On the basis of this lead, the intelligence agencies have sounded a high alert across all airports, especially in Uttar Pradesh.

Confirming intelligence inputs seeking alert at airports, director general of police (DGP) Vikram Singh told TOI that directives had been issued to the authorities concerned to initiate proper action in this regard. He however refused to comment on whether the intelligence agencies had expressed possibilities of a Kandhar type of hijacking originating from Uttar Pradesh.

“We have advised the authorities to appraise us on requirement of manpower for security purposes outside the periphery of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) manned area at the airports. If required, we will make arrangements accordingly to provide these installations with additional security personnel,” Vikram Singh said. Sources in the civil aviation department (UP) said that all airports which were presently operational had been asked to make special arrangements to keep a constant watch on security arrangements around their premises and also told to ensure that the security aspect was not compromised at any cost.

“Additional PAC has been deployed on the boundaries of the Amausi airport touching the civilian localities from the runway end. Patrolling has been intensified in the area even during the night even though there are usually no scheduled flights during that part of the day,” Vikram Singh said talking to TOI.

Director Amausi Airport SD Awasthi, who is in-charge of the CISF security paraphernalia around the airport, when contacted on Tuesday said that special arrangements had been made to foil any terror strike at the airport. “We have enhanced surveillance inside and around the airport premises and we are also keeping a close watch on vehicles approaching the airport and closely monitoring the movement of the occupants inside the premises on the slightest of suspicion,” Awasthi said.

Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs), anti-sabotage squads (ASS) and bomb disposal squads (BDS) of the CISF and UP Police have been put on standby in case of an emergency, while senior officials are keeping a round-the-clock vigil on the security arrangements on the premises.

 
Maya flooded with donations ahead of birthday bash
5 Jan 2008, 0000 hrs IST,TNN


 
LUCKNOW: A day after income-tax appellate tribunal gave her a clean chit on receiving cash and properties as gifts, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP chief Mayawati on Friday received huge donations from party MPs and MLAs as part of the fund collection drive for her birthday on January 15.

The fund will be used for expanding party’s base in “other parts of the country” and for the next Lok Sabha elections. The donations were given when the MLAs and MPs held a meeting with Mayawati to review BSP’s performance in the recently concluded Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections and Ballia Lok Sabha byelection.

Each MLA/MP has been asked to collect Rs 3 lakh, to be donated on Mayawati’s birthday for the party fund.

Her birthday will be celebrated as party’s financial assistance day.

The target, a BSP source said, is to collect at least Rs 12 crore, almost double the amount collected last year.

Sources said while many legislators have made their contributions, some came with just gifts on Thursday. The remaining MLAs and MPs will donate their collections by January 15.

 

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Govt. to install computers in schools

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to install computers in 2,500 schools in the State under the information and communications technology scheme.

“Under the scheme, about 2,500 government and government aided secondary schools would receive a financial aid of Rs. 6.70 lakh,” Principal Secretary Secondary Education AK Mishra said here on Friday.

The students, undergoing computer training, would not be charged anything, he added.

U.P. sends reminder to Centre

Special Correspondent

LUCKNOW: The U.P. government has sent a reminder to the Centre pressing for SPG cover to Chief Minister Mayawati. A letter was sent last week.

Principal Secretary (Home), J.N. Chamber, said the demand was made after assessment of intelligence inputs on threat perception.

SPG cover a must: Mayawati

Special Correspondent

Party meet adopts motion censuring UPA government

— Photo: PTI

REITERATES DEMAND: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on her way to address a press conference, amid tight security, in Lucknow on Wednesday.

LUCKNOW: Having threatened to review BSP support to the United Progressive Alliance government over its refusal to extend her SPG cover, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Wednesday reiterated her claim for enhanced security, even if the relevant Parliament Act had to be amended.

In view of the terrorist threats to her life, which were based on intelligence inputs, the Special Protection Group cover was an absolute must, she told a press conference here.

Though her government was in power in Uttar Pradesh, where security concerns were adequately addressed, it was the Centre’s responsibility to provide her security in other States which she visited for party work.

Earlier, a meeting of BSP legislators and MPs not only condemned the attitude of the Congress and the UPA government but also passed a censure motion.

The Chief Minster was authorised to take the final decision on withdrawal of support. She said a decision would be taken at a meeting, attended by all-India office-bearers of the BSP, in New Delhi after January 15.

“They are trying to create terror”

— Photo: Subir Roy

Samajwadi Party workers, under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav (centre), son of Mulayam Singh, courting arrest during a demonstration against the Mayawati government in Lucknow on Wednesday.

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Wednesday charged the Samajwadi Party with trying to incite violence in the State with the help of “goonda and criminal elements.”

Addressing a press conference in the wake of Statewide violent protests by the SP activists, Ms. Mayawati said: “SP workers still feel that it is their government which is ruling the State. They should know that now a BSP government is in place in the State.”

Investigation

The Chief Minister said she had directed the Kanpur Divisional Commissioner to investigate the entire matter.

She claimed that people arrested during protests included “goons and anti-socials who have serious criminal records.”

“Their [SP’s] people were trying to create terror and a number of goons were in that,” she alleged. — PTI

Mayawati raises pitch on SPG cover

Special Correspondent

NOIDA (Uttar Pradesh): Raising the pitch on her demand for provision of the elite Special Protection Group (SPG) cover for her, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Tuesday alleged that the comments by some Congress leaders regarding the threat to her life were symbolic of their “anti-Dalit” stance.

Addressing public functions in Noida, near Delhi, Ms. Mayawati said SPG cover would have to be given to her by the Centre but certain Congress leaders were opposing it in the guise of “legal hurdles.”

As the Bahujan Samaj Party’s national president, she needed to travel to different parts of the country and the Uttar Pradesh police were not fully geared to extend security cover in other States.

The party base was expanding rapidly, and her travels were becoming a regular feature. She asked the Congress why it was not able to amend the rules to enable her to get the SPG cover.

Several former Prime Ministers and their families, who did not have any mass base, were enjoying the SPG cover. She asked why she was not entitled to it.

“It is clear that the Congress does not want the poor, downtrodden, weaker sections, the Dalits and the backward sections of society to unite because it will mean the end of the road for the party.”

Approves grant

Ms. Mayawati visited the district hospital, interacted with the villagers and approved a grant of Rs.1 crore for the modernisation of the Noida police.

Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa ie. the Great Prabuddha Bharath beaten up for entering temple

Kanpur: A Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa ie. the Great Prabuddha Bharath was allegedly beaten up and abused by a priest for entering into a temple in the district, the police said on Tuesday.

Shailendra Tiwari, the priest at Mahadev temple in KDA colony stopped one Sudhir Naga and used “abusive language” when he tried to enter the temple here on Monday night, Bidhnu police station in charge Sanjay Gupta said.

Naga was also beaten up by the priest after he entered the temple forcibly, Mr. Gupta added.

An FIR has been registered against the duo, he said, adding the matter was being investigated. PTI

Mayawati threatens to withdraw support

Vinay Kumar

Sees conspiracy to eliminate her

NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati on Monday charged certain Congress leaders with hatching a “deep conspiracy” to eliminate her, and threatened to withdraw support to the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre anytime after January 15.

A meeting of the BSP officer-bearers, MLAs and MPS would be convened to a take a final decision, she told a press conference here. The party has 19 members in the Lok Sabha and seven in the Rajya Sabha.

Ms. Mayawati said Central and State intelligence agencies were in the know of the “political and social reasons” behind the conspiracy to eliminate her. Following a heightened threat perception, the State government wrote to the Centre requesting Special Protection Group security for her but there was no response.

“The Congress will be responsible if anything happens to me,” the Chief Minister said. However, in reply to a question, she did not say anything against its president Sonia Gandhi.

U.P. has a new plan for food distribution

Special Correspondent

LUCKNOW: In an effort to arrest rampant corruption in distribution of food grains to poor and needy persons, the Uttar Pradesh Government has readied a proposal on “cash food subsidy” from the Centre.

Government sources said here on Monday that the proposal would be sent to the Centre in a couple of days. Aimed at changing the system of distribution of food grains under the Public Distribution System (PDS), the proposal would be taken up as a pilot project in Lakhimpur-Kheri and Hardoi districts of Uttar Pradesh. To implement the pilot project in the two districts, the Bahujan Samaj Party government has demanded Rs.206 crore as cash food subsidy from the Centre. Sources said the novel proposal could be implemented only with Union Government approval.

Below Poverty Line and Antyodaya ration cards holders stand to benefit from the cash food subsidy. Elaborating on the proposal, official sources said the difference between the subsidised price of the food grains available at the PDS shops and the market price should be paid in cash to the ration card holders.

“The cash component can be an effective check on the corruption in the PDS system and act as a deterrent on hoarding and diversion of food grains. Besides, it would enable the ration card holders to purchase the commodity at market price,” said a Government official.

Direct transfer

The cash component would be transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.

Sources admitted that the proposal aimed at bypassing the PDS system as experience had shown the government machinery to be engrossed in procedural matters like checking the diversion of grains and exposing the multi-crore food scandal which rocked UP in 2004 and 2005. The food scam is being investigated by the Special Investigation Team.

“The last man standing on the social ladder has been ignored,” the official said.

BSP will concede Telangana if voted to power in Centre: Mayawati

Special Correspondent

BSP president rules out admitting film actors into her party

— Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

Getting across: BSP president Mayawati waving to people at the party’s rally in Hyderabad on Sunday.

HYDERABAD: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati said here that her party would create a separate Telangana if it was voted to power in the Centre.

Addressing a public meeting at the Nizam College grounds on Sunday, Ms. Mayawati said the BSP was committed to Telangana as it was in favour of smaller States. She appealed to people of the region to elect a good number of MPs on BSP ticket to pave way for the victory of the party and thereby creation of a separate State.

‘No’ to film stars

Referring to speculation about the entry of film star Chiranjeevi and his brother Pavan Kalyan in BSP, she said there was no place for cine stars in the party as they were basically entertainers and had no inclination to serve people.

She asked people not to get into the trap of film artistes. She also asked the State leadership of the BSP to see that no film star was admitted into the party.

Ms. Mayawati traced the origin of naxalism in AP and other States to pro-capitalist policies of successive Governments led by the Congress, BJP and some ‘misguided’ regional parties. The parties implemented programmes of capitalists having been elected with the support of the latter. In fact, the parties were at the command of capitalists. As a result, the interests of the poor were neglected which gave rise to naxalism, she said. She maintained that BSP was the only party which aimed at political power on the strength of its own following so that the capitalists had no say in Government. The party was committed to serving the poor irrespective of caste and religion

BSP assurance on quota for upper castes

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday said her Bahujan Samaj Party, if elected to power at the Centre, would bring in a constitutional amendment to provide reservation to the poor among upper castes based on their socio-economic backwardness.

Addressing a rally here, she said she had written to the Centre and requested national parties to ensure that the amendment was introduced but none of them was interested.

The Uttar Pradesh government had already provided the poor among upper castes a 10 per cent quota in government departments that were privatised.

Charge against parties

Ms. Mayawati said the BSP was concerned at privatisation of government departments as it eliminated the rule of reservation. It was unfortunate that the Centre promoted privatisation with a view to diluting the reservation policy.

She also regretted that the Centre was “indifferent” to the BSP’s demand to treat Dalit Christians as Scheduled Castes.

Many Dalits in Uttar Pradesh were converting to Christianity but they did not get social status and they remained poor.

The Congress, the BJP and other national parties were not interested in improvement of the conditions of weaker sections, she alleged.

Assails TV channels

Ms. Mayawati came down on a daily and some TV channels for putting out false reports that the Uttar Pradesh government had marginalised Brahmins by scrapping their caste organisations. Such organisations no longer existed as they merged with the BSP before the Assembly elections, attracted by the party’s ideology, she said.

Buddhist priest’s death triggers tension

Mumbai: Tension prevailed in the northern suburb of Deonar here on Sunday following the alleged suicide of a Buddhist priest.

Trouble started when the body of Sahraj Bheeru (75), priest of Sandesh Buddh Vihar was found hanging near the Vihar in the morning.

The police said prima facie it looked like a suicide, but people in the area alleged that it was murder.

An angry mob resorted to stone-pelting, damaging some government buses. The police resorted to a ‘mild’ lathicharge to disperse the crowd.

No arrests have been made. — PTI

New DIG appointed in U.P.

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Government has appointed senior IPS officer C D Tewari as DIG (Vital Installations). “ Mr. Tewari, who was serving as DIG (Security), has been transferred to the post of DIG (Vital Installations) which had been lying vacant for years,” a Home Department spokesman said here on Friday. R.P. Singh has been appointed as the new DIG (Security).- PTI

Mayawati revives bird sanctuary in Raja Bhaiya’s estate

Special Correspondent

Decision taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by U.P. Chief Minister




It was set up during Mayawati’s previous term

Decision reversed when Mulayam came to power




LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh Government on Friday revived the Bhimrao Ambedkar Bird Sanctuary situated in former State Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya’s Benti estate in Pratapgarh district. The decision to revive the sanctuary was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Mayawati.

The bird sanctuary had been set up on July 16, 2003, during Ms. Mayawati’s previous term as Chief Minister but her decision was reversed through a notification issued on June 30, 2006, when Mr. Mulayam Singh was the Chief Minister. Raja Bhaiya was the Minister of Food and Civil Supplies in the Mulayam Singh Cabinet.

Describing the decision of the previous regime as illegal, Ms. Mayawati told a press conference here that the move violated interim orders of the Supreme Court dated August 22, 1997, and November 13, 2000. She said approval of the National Wildlife Board is required for cancelling the notification on bird sanctuaries and national parks and de-reservation of bird sanctuaries/national parks cannot be done till further orders. She said the Cabinet on Friday approved the cancellation of the previous Government’s notification.

Around 100 acres of land and the pond in Benti had been acquired by the previous Mayawati regime for setting up the bird sanctuary. During that period the former Minister and his father, Uday Pratap Singh, were in jail under the Arms Act and POTA. When Mulayam Singh returned to power on August 29, 2003, he lifted POTA and later inducted Raja Bhaiya as a Cabinet Minister.

VAT modified

Meanwhile, the Value Added Tax (VAT) structure in relation to certain commodities was modified by the Cabinet .

Ms. Mayawati said while wheat flour, jaggery, maida, bun, rusk, cotton and silk thread for weavers, bio-fertilisers and DAP and newsprint had been exempted from VAT, four per cent tax would be levied on diesel, naphtha, natural gas, school bags and greeting cards. Four per cent tax would also be levied on picture tubes, plastic mugs, molasses, contact lens, spectacle frames and footwear up to Rs.300. VAT on pulses has been reduced to one per cent but 12.5 per cent tax would be levied on CNG.

The Chief Minister said the decision to modify the tax structure was taken after getting feedback from different quarters following the imposition of VAT in UP from January 1 this year.

VAT comes into force in U.P. amid protests

Special Correspondent

State paid a heavy price due to non-implementation of VAT, says Mayawati




‘Tax rates in U.P. will now be similar to those in other VAT States’

Bandh by traders’ organisations evokes mixed response across State




LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh joined the Value Added Tax (VAT) club on Tuesday amid protests by different traders’ organisations who downed shutters. The State bandh by traders, however, drew a mixed response.

Describing the implementation of VAT in Uttar Pradesh as a historic decision that would enable the State to join the economic mainstream of the country, Chief Minister, Mayawati said it would give a fillip to the development of trade and industry. The Chief Minister pointed out that not only will the essential commodities be available to the consumers at a fair price, the measure would benefit the traders and the consumers as the tax rates in U.P. would be similar to those prevalent in the other VAT States.

Addressing a Press conference to announce the introduction of the new tax regime, the Chief Minister attacked the previous Government which had refused to implement VAT as it played up to the demands of the vested interests. Ms. Mayawati said the State had paid a heavy price due to the non-implementation of VAT as it left an adverse impact on trade and industry. Moreover, it resulted in the flight of industries from U.P.

The Chief Minister assailed the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress for misleading the traders despite the fact that VAT had been implemented in the States ruled by these parties. She dubbed the dharna and bandh by traders as an irresponsible act.

Stating that the Government would address the problems of the traders, the Chief Minister said tax has been reduced on 91 commodities with only four per cent tax levied on milk products, drugs and tea. While ‘chikan’ products and Banarasi sarees have been exempted from VAT, by raising the registration limit to Rs. 5 lakh, relief has been given to small traders.

Constitution of a Settlement Commission and State Tax Board were the other features of the move to implement VAT.

Following the implementation of VAT, the Trade Tax Department has been renamed Commercial Tax Department. Commercial Tax was one of the highest revenue earners contributing 58 per cent to the State Exchequer. The Chief Minister added that to achieve 10 per cent growth rate in the 11th Five Year Plan, U.P. needed huge doses of investment and the new tax regime would augment the State’s resources.

U.P. promulgates VAT ordinance

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Governor T V Rajeswar on Monday promulgated an ordinance for implementation of value-added tax from Tuesday, even as the State Government has warned traders against disrupting supply of essential commodities in protest.

After the Governor promulgated the Ordinance on VAT, the State Government has geared up for its implementation from Tuesday. With Uttar Pradesh deciding to implement VAT, this tax system has now been adopted across the country.

In the wake of threats from various traders’ organisations to protest the imposition of VAT, the State Government has decided to invoke Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), Principal Secretary (Home) J N Chamber told reporters here. He said that everyone has a right to demonstrate but it should be peaceful and no one would be allowed to forcibly close shops and business establishments.

PPP projects to have job quota in Uttar Pradesh

Atiq Khan

Will be similar to the system followed in government service: Mayawati

—Photo: Subir Roy

Chief Minister Mayawati at the press conference announcing the New Economic Policy at her residence in Lucknow on Monday.

LUCKNOW: With the public-private partnership (PPP) model forming the core of the Uttar Pradesh’s new economic policy, 2007, Chief Minister Mayawati announced on Monday that the quota system would be introduced in the areas and projects to be developed on the basis of the PPP model. The reservation would be similar to the system applicable to the beneficiaries in government service.

Rehabilitation policy

Simultaneously, the Chief Minister announced a rehabilitation policy for those whose land will be acquired for developing the 1,000-kilometre-long Ballia-Noida Ganga Expressway.

The package lays stress on compensation for the land and property that are to be acquired, besides certain other benefits.

Fifteen per cent of flats and plots to be developed on the acquired land would be reserved for the oustees. Besides, they would be entitled to a monthly allowance equivalent to minimum farm wages for 25 days.

This arrangement would last one year from the date of acquisition. The policies were approved by the Cabinet.

Unveiling the new economic policy, called the New Middle Path Economic Policy at a press conference here, the Chief Minister said that though the global economic scenario was fast changing, the fruits of economic development had not percolated down to the last man on the socio-economic ladder.

She emphasised that her government had endeavoured to introduce a system of holistic economic development whose benefits would benefit the deprived and downtrodden sections in society.

It was decided on August 10 to introduce the system of voluntary reservation in the sectors where special benefits would be given by the government to the private players.

This arrangement envisaged 10 per cent reservation for the Scheduled Castes, 10 per cent for OBCs and religious minorities and 10 per cent for the economically poor in the upper castes.

The absence of reservation in privatisation initiatives taken by the Central and State governments, besides the shrinking job scenario in government services, had resulted in the decline in the representation of the poor sections in the private sector.

The State’s equity would be a maximum of 49 per cent and a minimum of 11 per cent in the schemes and projects to be developed in the private sector, she said, while allaying the fears of the employees working in the projects to be developed on the basis of PPP model.

Infrastructure development, she said, had been accorded top priority. Development of rural and urban infrastructure, including power, drinking water, roads, transport, health, and industries, had been identified under the new economic policy.

In the Ganga Expressway rehabilitation package, 250 square metres of land in urban areas and 150 square metres of land in rural areas would be allotted free of cost to the families whose houses would be acquired for building the eight- lane highway. The Chief Minister also launched an e-procurement scheme in the State for tenders. It is aimed at finishing mafia raj in contract business.

Gujarat verdict

Earlier, the Chief Minister pointed out that though the Bahujan Samaj Party failed to open its account in the Gujarat Assembly elections, four of its candidates lost only by a margin of 300 to 400 votes.

PTI reports from New Delhi:

In an interview to the Hong Kong-based CFO Asia magazine Ms. Mayawati said she expected to become Prime Minister after the next general elections.

“I expect the Bahujan Samaj Party under my leadership to take charge of governance in India.” “Chances are bright for the BSP to catapult to power under my leadership,” the BSP leader said when asked whether she would play a “central role” in the formation of the next government

Quota system for PPP areas in U.P.: Mayawati

Atiq Khan

“It will be similar to that followed in government service”

Photo: Subir Roy

‘New Economic Policy’: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati with State Advisory Council Chairman Satish Chandra Mishra during a press conference at her residence in Lucknow on Monday.

LUCKNOW: With the public-private partnership (PPP) model forming the core of the State’s New Economic Policy, 2007, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mayawati announced on Monday that quota system would be introduced in the areas and projects to be developed on the basis of the PPP model. The reservation would be similar to the system applicable to the beneficiaries in government service.

Simultaneously, the Chief Minister announced a rehabilitation policy for those whose land would be acquired for developing the 1,000-kilometre-long Ballia-Noida Ganga Expressway. The package lays stress on compensation for the land and property which would be acquired besides certain other benefits. Fifteen per cent of flats and plots to be developed on the acquired land would be reserved for the oustees. Besides, they would be entitled to a monthly allowance equivalent to minimum farm wages for 25 days. This arrangement would last one year from the date of land acquisition. The policies were approved by the Cabinet.

New economic policy

Unfolding the new economic policy, called the New Middle Path Economic Policy at a press conference here, the Chief Minister said with the global economic scenario fast changing, the fruits of economic development had not percolated down to the last man on the socio-economic ladder. She emphasised that the Bahujan Samaj Party Government had endeavoured to introduce a system of holistic economic development whose benefit would accrue to the deprived and downtrodden sections and the poor of the “sarv samaj”. Ms. Mayawati said it had been decided on August 10 to introduce the system of voluntary reservation in those sectors where special benefits would be given by the Government to the private players. This arrangement envisaged 10 per cent reservation for the Scheduled Castes, 10 per cent for OBCs and religious minorities and 10 per cent for the economically poor in the Upper Castes.

She stated that the absence of reservation in privatisation initiatives taken by the Central and State Governments, besides the shrinking job scenario in Government services, had resulted in the decline in the representation of the poor sections in the private sector.

Job security

The State’s equity would be a maximum of 49 per cent and a minimum of 11 per cent in schemes and projects to be developed in the private sector. The Chief Minister allayed the fears of the employees working in the projects to be developed on the basis of PPP model assuring them of complete job security. Infrastructure development had been accorded the top priority. Development of rural and urban infrastructure, including power, drinking water, roads, transport, health, and industries, had been identified under the new economic policy.

In the Ganga Expressway rehabilitation package, 250 square metres of land in urban areas and 150 square metres of land in rural areas would be allotted free of cost to the families whose houses would be acquired for building the eight- lane highway. The affected families would also be entitled to road, drinking water, electricity, school, panchayat building and irrigation facilities in the rehabilitated areas.

Financial aid

More importantly, the oustees would be extended financial assistance to the minimum of Rs. 25,000 for building shops and work sheds. The families given compensation have been given the option of buying shares in the developer company which would be equivalent to 10 per cent of the compensation money.

The Chief Minister also launched the e-procurement scheme in the State for tenders. It is aimed at finishing mafia raj in contract business.

Gujarat verdict

Earlier, in an informal chat with newspersons, the Chief Minister pointed out that though the Bahujan Samaj Party failed to open its account in the Gujarat Assembly elections, four of its candidates lost only by a margin of 300 to 400 votes. The party’s campaign lasted about five to six months and the BSP contested on 166 seats.

Regarding the party’s performance in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, the Chief Minister said the verdict would surprise everyone.

U.P. districts told to ensure cold relief

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Government has ordered district authorities to step up relief measures with 22 people dying due to the cold this winter even as people on Monday enjoyed a respite from the weather as the mercury stayed near the 10 degree mark.

Lucknowites woke up to a warm and sunny December morning after an overnight minimum of 9.9 degrees Celsius while Sultanpur district was the coldest in the state at 8.9 C, the Met office said. The weatherman has predicted partly cloudy skies with minimum temperature at around 11 degrees Celcius for Tuesday. The official death toll since the winter rolled in this year is 22 with six people succumbing to the weather in the past three days.

Mayawati ‘targeted’

 

Lucknow: Two members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba suicide squad, who apparently wanted to target Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, were on Sunday killed in an encounter. — PTI

Mayawati promises quota for upper castes too in private sector

Special Correspondent




‘BSP is keen on implementing social welfare schemes in the State’

They will be based on the Uttar Pradesh model

of social change




BANGALORE: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday called upon the people of the State to enable the BSP to replicate the Uttar Pradesh model of social change and development here.

With the State set to go for the Legislative Assembly elections in a few months, Ms. Mayawati, who was here on a two-day visit to welcome former Minister P.G.R. Sindhia and his followers to BSP, said the party was keen on implementing similar social welfare schemes in the State if it received support from people. Addressing a large convention of party workers, she said, if voted to power at the Centre, the BSP would provide reservation in private sector not only to Dalits, backward classes and minorities but also to the economically weaker among the upper castes.

“There is a need to amend the Constitution to provide such a reservation. We will amend the Constitution if we come to power at the Centre,” she added. The 10 per cent reservation accorded in the private sector in Uttar Pradesh would be replicated across the country.

There was also the need to extend these benefits to Dalits, who had converted to Christianity. Ms. Mayawati said the oppressed sections were losing their reservation rights in government jobs as the Congress, the BJP and other parties were on a spree of privatisation of government undertakings. The main aim of the BSP, she said, was to build a harmonious society, which would be free from caste frictions and also provide equal opportunities to all communities.

But this dream could not be realised without convincing the upper castes to accept the BSP ideology, she said and asked the party workers to join hands with members of all the communities in the society.

The BSP received a boost with the entry of Mr. P.G.R. Sindhia, who has served as MLA for about 35 years and as a Minister for 16 years.

Quota for upper castes too in private sector, says Mayawati

Special Correspondent




‘BSP is keen on implementing social welfare schemes in Karnataka’

They will be based on the Uttar Pradesh model of social change




BANGALORE: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday called upon the people of Karnataka to enable the BSP to replicate the Uttar Pradesh model of social change and development here.

With the State set to go for the Legislative Assembly elections in a few months, Ms. Mayawati, who was here on a two-day visit to welcome former Minister P.G.R. Sindhia and his followers to the BSP, said the party was keen on implementing similar social welfare schemes in the State if it received support from people.

Addressing a large convention of party workers, she said, if voted to power at the Centre, the BSP would provide reservation in private sector not only to Dalits, backward classes and minorities but also to the economically weaker among the upper castes. “There is a need to amend the Constitution to provide such a reservation. We will amend the Constitution immediately if we come to power at the Centre,” she added. The 10 per cent reservation accorded in the private sector in Uttar Pradesh would be replicated across the country. There was also the need to extend these benefits to Dalits, who had converted to Christianity. Her proposal to the Centre in this matter was yet to receive a response.

Ms. Mayawati said the oppressed sections were losing their reservation rights in government jobs as the Congress, the BJP and other parties were on a spree of privatisation of government undertakings. The main aim of the BSP, she said, was to build a harmonious society, which would be free from caste frictions and also provide equal opportunities to all communities.

Sindhia appointed BSP general secretary

Special Correspondent

The former Minister says the Janata Dal (Secular) is a divided house




Mayawati reconstitutes BSP State unit

M. Muniyappa is new State unit president




— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Welcome: The former Minister P.G. R. Sindhia felicitating Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati at a BSP convention in Bangalore on Sunday.

BANGALORE: The former Minister P.G.R. Sindhia, who formally joined the Bahujan Samaj Party here on Sunday, received a straight boost from the party’s president, Mayawati, who appointed him national general secretary of the party.

Stating that the entry of a senior leader like Mr. Sindhia had strengthened the party, Ms. Mayawati announced his appointment as party national general secretary at the rally in which he joined the party. He was also named one of the four leaders from the party’s State unit who would co-ordinate with the party’s central unit. In addition to this, his name was included in the committee of four leaders which would select candidates for the coming elections to the State Legislative Assembly, and the general elections.

Ms. Mayawati called upon Mr. Sindhia to popularise the BSP ideology among upper castes in Karnataka in particular and in south India as a whole.

Ahead of the elections to the State Assembly, Ms Mayawati also reconstituted the party State unit by appointing party State unit vice-president M. Muniyappa as its State unit president. State president B. Gopal was elevated as party central executive committee member. Mr. Sindhia, Mr. Gopal, Mr. Muniyappa and party national general secretary Vir Singh were given the responsibility of co-ordinating with the party central unit on State affairs.

Committee

A committee comprising these four leaders was formed to select candidates for the Assembly elections. Ms. Mayawati said while the committee would select candidates, she would finalise their candidature after personally meeting them.

Contrary to the expectation that he would hit out at Janata Dal (Secular) president H.D. Deve Gowda and his sons, Mr. Sindhia desisted from making any such personal attacks. He described the Janata Dal (Secular) as a divided house. “It is not possible to patch up this time. Because the hearts are broken in the Janata Dal (Secular),” he remarked.

Mr. Sindhia said the BSP was not a mere political party, but a social movement. He was joining this party to become a part of the efforts of Ms. Mayawati to bring about a social change.

As many as 34 leaders including Janata Dal (Secular-Surendra Mohan faction) general secretary Trishulpani Patel, who is son of the former Chief M inister J. H. Patel, joined the BSP along with Mr. Sindhia. Other leaders who joined the party included former MLAs P.S. Prakash (Chickpet), B. Dharmappa (Sagar), Srinivas (Yelahanka) and Krishnappa (Bannur).

All roads leading to the Palace Grounds, the venue of the BSP convention addressed by Ms. Mayawati, on Sunday witnessed traffic jams as a large number of party supporters from different parts of the State as well as the city attended it. The highlight of the convention was the presence of people from different communities, especially youth.


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