Press Information Bureau
(C.M. Information Campus)
Information & Public Relations Department, U.P.
U.P. Government requests Centre to
provide details of Mr. Rahul Gandhi’s visit in time,
also requests not to make last minute changes in his programme
State Government writes letter to Central Government
Lucknow: December 08, 2009
The Uttar Pradesh Government has requested the Union Home
Ministry to give timely information of the state visit of the SPG protected
M.P. Mr. Rahul Gandhi to the state government. It has also requested not
to make last minute changes in his programme and if any change was
required then it should be ensured that all the concerned were informed
immediately. The state government has also said that Mr. Rahul Gandhi
should not violate the parameters fixed for his security while travelling
through helicopter or by road. The state government has made it clear
that if any untoward incident occurred because of the violation of the
security parameters, then the state government would not be responsible
for it and the Central Government would be held responsible for it.
This information was given by the Additional Cabinet Secretary Mr.
Vijay Shankar Pandey at a press conference held at the Lal Bahadur
Shastri Bhawan Media Centre here today. The press conference was
organised regarding the violation of security parameters during the state
visit of Mr. Rahul Gandhi.
Mr. Pandey said that the Government of India had been informed of
certain flaws present in the security arrangement of SPG protectee MP
Mr. Rahul Gandhi during his October 24, 2008 visit of Kanpur district
through a letter written on 26 October 2008. It had been mentioned in
the letter that it was also the responsibility of the SPG protectee that he
ensured that all the details of his programmes were furnished to the
related persons and he should not effect any last minute change in his
programme so that there was no confusion.
The Additional Cabinet Secretary said that the U.P. Chief Minister
Ms. Mayawati had herself written a letter to the P.M. Dr. Manmohan Singh
and also to the Union Home Minister on 25 September 2009 saying that it
was the responsibility of the SPG to furnish all the information regarding
the programmes of SPG protected VIPs in a time bound manner. The C.M.
had also mentioned that on getting information timely, the state
government ensured all the security arrangements as per the guidelines.
She had informed that on 23 September 2009, Mr. Rahul Gandhi arrived
at Amausi Airport in Lucknow through a Kingfisher Airline Aircraft without
any prior information and proceeded through road with his SPG cover
without informing the state police, intelligence department or security
branch regarding his programme, location etc.
Mr. Pandey said that still the minute-to-minute programme of 07
December 09 visit of Mr. Rahul Gandhi of Aligarh, Farrukhabad, Etah,
Kheri, Bahraich, Sitapur and Hardoi districts was provided in late hours on
06 December 09. He said that the ASL report also reached very very late
in the night. Owing to it, security arrangements for Mr. Rahul Gandhi
became very difficult. Besides, owing to his activities not mentioned in
the programme, the administration had to face more difficulty.
The Additional Cabinet Secretary said that during his Etah visit, Mr.
Rahul Gandhi was provided BR car by SPG and security branch for road
travelling, but he used party car and also violated security parameters
and went to meet the people near barricade and he also shook hands with
them. During his 07 December 09 visit of Sitapur district, his helicopter
landed after sunset using the high power light fitted in the chopper and it
landed at a place adjacent to the fixed ‘H’ mark area. At that time the
visibility was very low because the area was surrounded by the trees.
Again, from helipad Mr. Rahul Gandhi left to Hardoi through another
vehicle (Toyota Fortuner) which was not bullet proof leaving behind BR
car, which was against the road travel parameters.
Efforts being made to malign State
Government’s image for cancellation of auditorium
— Chief Minister
Allotment of auditorium allotted for holding proposed
press conference of Mr. Rahul Gandhi tomorrow
not cancelled, no cancellation order issued either
State Government has nothing to do with this matter
— Additional Cabinet Secretary
Lucknow: December 07, 2009
The Additional Cabinet Secretary Mr. Vijay Shankar
Pandey has said that the allotment of the auditorium,
situated in Tourism Department in Gomti Nagar, allotted
for holding Mr. Rahul Gandhi’s press conference
tomorrow, has neither been cancelled nor any cancellation
order had been issued in this regard. He said that State
Government had nothing to do with such matters.
The Additional Cabinet Secretary was addressing
media persons on this issue at the Lal Bahadur Shastri
Bhawan Media Centre here today. He said that if the State
Government had any intention of stopping Mr. Rahul
Gandhi’s press conference, then it would not have
accepted the booking amount needed for allotment of
Mr. Pandey said that the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Ms. Mayawati has regretted that futile efforts were being
made to malign the image of the State Government. She
said that the State Government did not indulge in such
cheap activities as the others did. She reminded that such
misinformation campaign would not benefit anybody.
State Government very sensitive for solving problems of families
of serving soldiers and dependents of ex-servicemen and martyrs
Chief Minister appeals people to contribute
liberally on occasion of Armed Forces’ Flag Day
Lucknow : Dec 07, 2009
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati has appealed to the
people of the State to contribute liberally in the Flag Day Fund on the
occasion on Armed Forces’ Flag Day. She said that it was a national
responsibility to accord proper place to the ex-soldiers and their families in
the society and to provide them alternative means of employments as well.
She said that the State Government was very sensitive to provide benefits
of welfare schemes to the families of the serving soldiers, to the
dependents of the ex-servicemen and also to the families of the martyrs.
The Chief Minister was talking to the senior officers of the Sanik
Kalyan Vibhag on the occasion of Armed Forces’ Flag Day at her 5-Kalidas
Marg official residence here today. The C.M. also made donation in the
Soldier Welfare Fund. The Principal Secretary Social Welfare Mr. Prem
Narain, Principal Secretary to C.M. Mr. Netram, Secretary to C.M. Mr. Anil
Sant and Director, UP Soldier Welfare and Rehabilitation Dr. S.S. Singh and
other officers were also present on the occasion.
It may be recalled that collections were being made throughout the
year for the Flag Day Fund from all the districts. About 30 per cent of the
amount collected is kept in a district level fund. Through this fund, the
District Magistrate and the District Soldier Welfare and Rehabilitation officer
provide economic assistance under various schemes to the ex-servicemen
and their dependents. The remaining 70 per cent amount is handed over to
the Soldier Welfare Directorate. An amount of Rs. 16.42 lakh is handed
over to Central Soldier Board, New Delhi and the remaining amount is kept
in a State level fund. Besides, Armed Forces’ Flag Day Fund had been set
up for ensuring people’s participation through which several schemes had
been introduced for the welfare of soldiers and families of ex-servicemen
and also for the families of the martyrs. The State Government is fully alert
towards solving their problems.
It may be recalled, that young people were required for armed
forces. Owing to it, about 60,000 soldiers, between the age group 40-45,
retire every year. It was a huge responsibility to accord proper place to the
ex-servicemen and their families, besides providing them alternative
employment opportunities. Through Armed Forces’ Flag Day Fund various
schemes for the welfare of serving soldiers, ex-servicemen and the families
of the martyrs were being run.