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BSP MPs’ delegation meets PM, requests him to sanction Rs. 80,000 crore special economic package and 06 coal linkage blocks on priority basis to remove regional imbalances
Lucknow : 28 July 2010
On the directives of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati
a delegation of BSP M.P.s met the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
today and requested him to sanction special economic package of Rs.
80,000 crore and also allocate 06 coal blocks at the earliest.
Ms. Mayawati said that she had discussed state’s development at a
recently concluded meeting with all the MPs held at her official
residence on July 20, in which she had directed all the MPs to meet PM
and other Union Ministers, so that projects pending at the Centre for
approval could be cleared at the earliest. In this light, the delegation
requested the PM to sanction Rs. 80,000 crore special economic
package demanded by the UP Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati at the
earliest to remove the regional imbalances. The MPs informed the PM
that the Central Government had not taken any constructive initiative so
far in this regard. They said that the Rs. 3506 crore drought relief
package sanctioned for the Bundelkhand region was very little
considering the geographical conditions of the region.
The delegation apprised the PM that the UP Government had
requested the Ministry of Coal, Government of India to sanction coal
linkages for thermal power plants to be set up at Etah, Sonbhadra,
Lalitpur and Yamuna Express Way Authority Area. Besides, they also
requested that 06 coal blocks should be allocated for UP considering the
proposed increase in the power generation capacity of the State.
The delegation apprised the Prime Minister that owing to the
shortage of coal, the existing power plants could not use their full
capacity. They said that the Centre should change its policy and
decrease the linkages allocated for coastal States and it should provide
requisite coal as per the linkage to the States like UP. The MPs said that
the power projects based on imported coal should be set up in coastal
areas and if the cost of the imported coal was higher, then the Centre
should compensate the loss of these States.
The Prime Minister lent a patient hearing to the delegation and
assured that full help would be extended for sanctioning Rs. 80,000
crore economic package and allotment of coal linkage blocks.
Delegation of BSP MPs meets PM
Lucknow : 28 July 2010
On the directives of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati,
a delegation of BSP M.P.s, met the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
at Sansad Bhawan New Delhi today and requested him to take personal
interest for setting up of Taj International Airport (T.I.A.) being
established by UP Government at Jewar in Greater Noida and sanction it
at the earliest. The MPs said the Government of India (GOI) should
promptly approve the TIA near Greater Noida to enable rapid
development of infrastructure facilities and creation of better avenues
for direct and indirect employment in the State.
Ms. Mayawati had discussed state’s development at a meeting with
all the MPs held at her official residence on July 20, in which she had
directed all the MPs to meet the PM and other Union Ministers, so that
projects pending at the Centre for approval could be cleared at the
earliest. They had done the same thing during the previous session as
well. She said that even though these projects had not been cleared so
far despite that meeting. Yet, the MPs should meet the Prime Minister
and request him to give Centre’s approval for TIA, allocation of six coal
blocks and sanctioning of Rs. 80,000 crore special economic package for
the rapid development of the State.
The delegation apprised the PM that TIA’s approval from GOI had
been pending about last 07 years. The technical approval had been
accorded by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, GOI on 09 April 2009 to
establish an International Airport near Jewar at a distance of 72 kms.
from IGI Airport.
The delegation further apprised the PM that only one condition was
imposed while taking approval of Central Government’s Cabinet that in
case of establishing another International Airport within radius of 150
kms.,‘Right of First Refusal’ (ROFR) and 10 per cent Price Preference
shall have to be given to Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL), the
promoter of IGI Airport. Same provision was also made by the GOI,
while entering into the State Support Agreement (SSA) with DIAL.
Government of UP has already consented on this condition in May 2007.
While according sanction on TIA by the Central Cabinet, Government of
UP was also asked to participate in the SPV to be made for the
development of TIA. The State Government made it clear that Yamuna
Expressway Authority shall be the nodal agency for TIA project and will
also represent the State Government and participate in the said SPV.
The delegation apprised PM that the Government of UP has
already complied in the year 2007 with the conditions imposed by the
GOI for sanctioning of International Airport. Therefore, sanction for Taj
International Airport be accorded by GOI without any delay. The
delegation pointed out that the Air traffic of Delhi Airport can no longer
be handled by IGI Airport only, so it had become imperative that
another International Airport at Jewar near Greater Noida be sanctioned
immediately for Delhi. Only after sanction of the TIA, the air traffic
congestion of Delhi can be reduced by the 2015-16.
The delegation apprised PM that during the last three years growth
of air traffic has been far more than it was estimated, and any person
using IGI Airport had to face the traffic congestion of Delhi Airport. A
study report of traffic projection was sent to GOI by Government of UP
in the year 2007, according to which air traffic of IGI Airport was
estimated to be more than 100 million by the year 2016. Same is the
traffic projection of Airport Authority of India. Expert study says that on
development of Taj International Airport, the air traffic of NCR shall be
161 million by the year 2021, in which the share of Delhi Airport will be
136 million, which was far more than the designed capacity of 100
million fixed for DIAL. Air traffic of TIA is projected to be 25 million by
the year 2021.
The PM was apprised by the delegation that it was unnecessary to
talk about trigger point or traffic-study for establishing TIA. There was
no such mention of any trigger point or traffic-study while giving initial
technical clearance to the Government of UP in 2003. Attorney General
of GOI has specifically opined that DIAL’s bid condition/agreement does
not create any legal impediment in sanctioning of International airport
at Greater NOIDA.‘Post-Bid-Benefit’ should not be passed on to DIAL.
Otherwise also, a big post-bid-benefit has already been given to DIAL,
in terms of‘Airport Development Tax’. Now, even raising the issue of
‘Trigger’ is the same as passing on post-bid-benefit to DIAL.
The delegation apprised PM that the delay in sanction of TIA is, on
one hand, unnecessary delaying mitigation of traffic congestion and, on
the other hand, overlooking the interest of UP by impeding the efforts of
the State Government to rapidly develop the infrastructure facilities.
The delegation apprised PM that all the major cities in the world
such as New York, Washington, London, etc. had more than one airport.
These cities had concept of satellite airport to avoid traffic congestion.
TIA would be a second such airport for NCR. This airport would be
important for cargo in view of its location within the proposed Delhi
Mumbai Industrial Investment Corridor and Delhi-Mumbai Freight
Corridor. This would provide multi modal connectivity facility which
would not only contribute to the all-round development of the State but
also of the country.
The delegation apprised PM that upon the repeated request of
GOI, the project consultants appointed by the State Government were
asked to prepare a supplementary TEFR in association with DIAL. Here
it is to be pointed out that DIAL being an interested party, its
association in the activity would involve a conflict of interest. The
Government of UP provided the supplementary TEFR to GOI vide letter
dated 16 June 2010. According to the report, the revised traffic
assessment makes only marginal changes in the immediate future
where the projected traffic would be lower than that presented in the
earlier report submitted in January 2008. The traffic scenario in the long
term perspective does not show any appreciable change.
The delegation apprised PM that to quote the figures, the
passenger traffic at Delhi with TIA in the year 2021 would be 155
million, in which the fraction of DIAL’s traffic would be 127 million which
would be again much more than the designed maximum capacity of 100
million. In the year 2016 and 2021, the TIA traffic is projected to be 11
million and 28 million respectively. Thus, both airports were expected to
grow on the basis of their own markets. The Taj Airport traffic would
increase essentially due to additional traffic on account of transit traffic,
higher economic development in its vicinity and major activities in the
catchment area. Therefore, there would be enough traffic for Taj
International Airport from 2016 and there would be no adverse effect on
the traffic of IGI International Airport.
The delegation apprised PM that it was worth mentioning that GOI
has accorded approvals within a radius of 150 kms. of existing airports
namely Mopa airport which is 65 kms. away from Goa Airport; Kannur
Airport which is 80 kms. away from Callicut Airport and125 kms. from
Mangalore Airport and a Cargo Airport (Virat Nagar) which is 63 Kms.
away from Jaipur Airport. In addition to this, Navi-Mumbai Airport,
which is 35 kms. away from Mumbai Airport has also been accorded
approval. The case of Mumbai Airport and Navi-Mumbai Airport and
Delhi Airport and International Airport at Jewar is exactly similar
wherein both the existing airports have been given on lease to private
The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh heard the delegation
seriously and said that the Group of Ministers (GoM) had been studying
the matter and assured the delegation that their points would be
considered seriously. Besides, he also assured that the demand of Rs.
80,000 crore special economic package and allocation of coal linkage
blocks would also be considered seriously.
Kapil Sibal’s comments regarding implementation of RTE irresponsible
UP Government allocated highest amount for basic education sector all over the country
Lucknow : 26 July 2010
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati has termed Union
Human Resources Development Minister Mr. Kapil Sibal’s comments
regarding the implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act in UP as
irresponsible and misleading. She said that the Congress led UPA
Government formulated new laws from time to time just to mislead people,
but when the time of their implementation came it just shied away from its
responsibilities and put entire onus on the State Governments. She said that
this was not happening for the first time. She said that the UPA Government
formulated laws and legislations in the name of development, but it never
did its homework before their implementation. She said that the Centre
shoved its half cooked programmes on the State Governments to take their
political mileage. Owing to it, the State Governments were facing difficulty
and RTE Act was a good example of it.
The Chief Minister said that the task force constituted for the judicial
impact assessment in the light of the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s directive had
clearly recommended that if the Central Government formulated any Act on
the subject included in the Union list and in the Concurrent list, then the
Central Government should bear the full cost required for the
implementation of the Act. Since, education is included in the concurrent list,
therefore the Union Government should not pass on financial burden of the
implementation of RTE Act on the State Governments.
Ms. Mayawati said that the State Government had been according top
priority to education especially the basic education. She said that the budget
for basic education was being increased continuously if compared to previous
year. She said that Rs. 8613 crore had been allocated for basic education in
the year 2007-08, Rs. 9700 crore were earmarked for the same head during
the year 2008-09 and Rs. 12412 crore had been allocated under the same
head during the year 2009-2010. She said that keeping in view the
implementation of RTE Act, a provision of Rs. 15175 crore had been made
for the year 2010-11 for basic education. It was 10 per cent of the total
budget of the State, she said . These facts indicated that our government,
despite heavy odds and limited resources, had decided to spend 10 per cent
of the total budget on basic education, she added. She said that if the said
central assistance was compared, then it would be clear that the Central
Government had been misleading people regarding the RTE Act and it was
trying to ignore the efforts of the State Government regarding the
implementation of the RTE Act. She said that Mr. Kapil Sibal should have
checked out facts before airing his views on the issue.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government had requested to
the Central Government from time to time regarding all the circumstances,
affecting the proper implementation of the RTE Act. In this regard, she had
written letter to the Prime Minister to sanction an additional amount of Rs.
22868 crore in the first three years for the proper implementation of RTE
Act. But, it was unfortunate that Mr. Sibal, instead of making arrangements
to provide the requisite amount needed for the implementation of RTE Act,
had been making cheap comments. It was clear that the Central
Government did not intend to make education available to one and all
according to the provisions of the RTE Act. It was just taking political
mileage through this Act, she pointed out.
The Chief Minister said that U.P. was not the only state to ask
additional funds for implementing RTE. She said that states like West
Bengal, M.P., Karnataka, Punjab had expressed their inability to bear the
financial burden needed for its implementation. Likewise, Chhatisgarh, Orrisa
and Congress ruled Andhra Pradesh Government had also asked for
additional funds for implementing this Act. She questioned whether Mr. Sibal
had toured these states and given similar statement against these
Governments. She said that it was clear that the Congress-led Central
Government, which is out of power from the State since last 20 years, had
adopted a negligent and partisan attitude against Uttar Pradesh. It is evident
from the fact that during the last three years, since BSP Government came
to power in the State, the Central Government had not released central
share of Rs. 17492 crore, payable to the State Government, thus hampering
the development works. She said that Mr. Sibal should not shift the
responsibility for failure of the Central Government, but should sincerely
think about implementation of RTE Act and should arrange funds for all the
State Governments according to their demand.
Terming the statement of Mr. Sibal regarding construction of
memorials, museums, statutes and parks in honour of the Saints, Gurus and
Great men of SC/ST and backward classes as very unfortunate, she said that
the people were well aware of the reality that the fund spent on the
construction of these monuments in the last three years was less then one
per cent of the budget. She asked why, Mr. Sibal does not remember
hundreds of memorials, museums, statutes and parks constructed in the
name of Gandhi-Nehru family and billons of rupees were being spent every
year on their maintenance. She said that the stupendous amount of public
money spent on the construction of memorials of Gandhi-Nehru family, can
very well be ascertained from this fact. Therefore, Mr. Sibal’s comments
regarding the memorials constructed in the memory of great-men born in
SC/ST and OBC sections were uncalled for and very cheap.
Centre should make arrangements to remove social and regional imbalances without any discrimination
Central Government should immediately release Rs. 2000 crore earmarked for scholarship of OBC students
Approve 15 lakh Indira Avas annually during 11th Five Year Plan
Don’t discriminate against states for establishing Dalhan evam Tilhan Gram Sthapana Yojana
Amount to be provided to villages selected under Pradhan Mantri Adharsh Gram Yojana inadequate
Adopt policy of allocating 75 per cent power to states instead of Gadgil formula
Lucknow : 24 July 2010
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati, during a meeting
of the National Development Council (NDC) presided over by the Prime
Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and held at New Delhi today, said that
the Central Government should come forward to bring the poor and
exploited people back to the mainstream of development and also
remove the regional imbalances. She demanded from the Centre to
sanction various projects pending with it. She further demanded that
the Centre should also release various amounts payable to the State
under different heads. She expressed the hope that the Central
Government would extend all possible cooperation to the Uttar
The meeting of the NDC had been called to review the situation
arising out of the midterm appraisal of the 11th Five Year Plan and also
to review various important points. The U.P. Parliamentary Minister Mr.
Lalji Verma represented the Chief Minister at the meeting and
presented her statement. She said that the midterm appraisal pointed
out that the backward states and all the sections of the society were
not getting equal opportunities. To provide equal opportunities to all
the sections of the society and to ensure their progress and prosperity,
action should be taken by putting aside political jealousy.
Expressing gratitude towards the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan
Singh for holding such an important meeting, the Chief Minister said
that all of us should give serious thought to give development a new
direction on the basis of midterm appraisal. She said that during the
11th Five Year Plan the concept of faster and inclusive growth had been
conceived so that all round development of all the sections and regions
of the state could be ensured.
The Chief Minister said that special mention of global meltdown,
drought etc, had been made in the midterm appraisal. Allocation of
necessary resources needed for the development works of Uttar
Pradesh had been given top priority. Owing to it, the growth rate of
the state stood at 7.9 per cent during 2007-08 and 7.2 per cent during
the year 2008-09, even though the conditions were adverse. But, the
ever rising inflation had made life difficult for the poor people. She said
that keeping economic condition of the poor, the Central Government
should make proper arrangements to provide relief to them.
The C.M. said that the Centre had kept the BPL list of 2002
intact so far and it was adversely affecting the poor families. She said
that the U.P. Government had requested the Centre several times to
include such families in the list. But, any action in this regard was still
awaited. The Uttar Pradesh Government, with an objective to improve
the economic condition of such poor families, had decided to
implement UP Mukhya Mantri Mahamaya Gharib Arthik Madad Yojana
through its own limited resources. As many as 30 lakh families would
be benefited by this scheme during the first phase.
The Chief Minister said that the midterm appraisal pointed that
the share of the Central assistance, being provided to the States, had
been dwindling gradually. She said that the banks should prepare their
schemes to accelerate the disbursal of loans. They should also
cooperate in the implementation of the schemes being conducted by
the State Government.
The C.M. said that the removal of regional imbalances should be
given top priority. She said that the imbalances present between the
states and within the State would have far-reaching ramifications. She
said that Rs. 80,000 crore special economic package had been
demanded from the Centre to remove imbalances, but the Centre had
not taken any step in this regard. She said that a drought relief
package of Rs. 3506 crore had been sanctioned for Bundelkhand
region, which was very little amount considering the geographical
conditions of this area.
The C.M. said that despite high growth rate, the condition of
poor and farmers was precarious. The farmers were not getting
remunerative prices of their produce, she pointed out. The agriculture
growth rate, fixed for the 11th Five Year Plan for the entire country,
was lagging way behind. There were immense possibilities of
development of agriculture in the country and the Centre should come
forward to translate them into reality.
The Chief Minister said that her Government had accorded top
priority to the development of agriculture. The farmers were being
provided 90 per cent subsidy on gypsum and zinc sulphate for land
reclamation to encourage organic farming and bio fertilizer. She said
that there was a need to increase the limit of subsidy payable on
hybrid paddy varieties from Rs. 40 to Rs. 100 or 50 per cent of the
cost. She said that any differentiation between the development of
agriculture of various states cannot be accepted. She said that under
the Dalhan evam Tilhan Gram Sthapana Yojana, only 5400 villages
had been selected in Uttar Pradesh, while 10200 villages had been
selected in Maharashtra for this scheme. She demanded from the
Centre to take at least 5 projects as national irrigation projects to
meet the challenges of a large state like Uttar Pradesh.
Expressing her views on MNREGA, the C.M. said that this scheme
should not be confined to merely providing employment of 100 days
only. She said that the problem of unemployment cannot be solved
without providing permanent source of employment to the people. She
said that it was being emphasised to arm panchayats with all the
power, so that they could be made self-reliant. She said that an
amount of Rs. 10 lakh per village, being provided under the Pradhan
Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana, was inadequate. Emphasising the need to
accelerate the pace of development in the naxal affected areas, she
demanded from the Government of India that Sonbhadra, Mirzapur
and Chandauli should also be included in the list of 33 districts affected
Underlining the important role of power, roads and transport for
the development of infrastructure facilities of the state, the Chief
Minister said that the Central Government should extend its
cooperation in this regard. She said that efforts were being made to
set up about 5000 MW new projects during the 11th Five Year Plan and
25000 MW new projects between 12th Five Year Plan. She requested
the Ministry of Coal to sanction coal linkages for thermal power plants
to be set up in Etah, Sonbhadra, Lalitpur and Yamuna Expressway
Authority Area. She emphasised that the policy of allocating 75 per
cent power to the States should be adopted instead of the Gadgil
The C.M. said that all the villages/majras having a population of
1000 or above had been linked under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak
Yojna. She said that the scheme to link villages/majras having a
population of 500 or above was not being sanctioned on the pretext
that the scheme to link villages/majras having a population of 1000
and above was not still fully implemented in other states. On the other
hand, electrification of majras was not being sanctioned under the
Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojna, while the electrification of all
the majras of other states had been completed. She said that the
Centre should bear 90 per cent cost under the Right to Education Act.
She demanded that Rs. 22868 crore should be provided to UP for the
development of education infrastructure in the short span of three
years. Welcoming Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, she said that
UP was being discriminated under this scheme. She said that there
was a need to amend this scheme.
The C.M. requested that all the beneficiaries of the widow
pension and disabled pension scheme should also be covered under
National Social Assistance Scheme like the beneficiaries of old age
pension. Besides, she also emphasised that Central assistance should
be provided, so that the students of the pre-10th could also be
provided scholarship like the post-10th students. She said that central
assistance for the ICDS program should be made 100 per cent as
earlier. She said that the SC should also be given right to get forest
land like the STs under the Forest Rights Act.
The Chief Minister also demanded 90 per cent subsidy on the
projects of those areas which were often hit by drought, besides the
DPAP declared development blocks. Terming the amount of Rs. 57
crore allocated for 27 districts of eastern U.P. for the green revolution
project as inadequate, she said that at least Rs. 10 crore should be
provided for each district. She emphasised that the limit of refinancing
for NABARD set for providing loan facility to the farmers under the
cooperative sector, should be raised from the existing 40 per cent to
75 per cent. She also requested the Centre to sanction 15 lakh houses
per year annually under the Indira Avas Scheme for the 11th Five Year
The C.M. requested that Rs. 9700 crore should be sanctioned for
projects for the electrification of 1.37 lakh majras and Rs. 5962 crore
should be sanctioned for projects proposed under PMGSY.
The Chief Minister demanded that the International Airport and
Aviation Hub Project proposed to be set up at Jewar should be given
agreement in principle. Besides, the airport, being set up at
Kushinagar on PPP basis, should be given NOC at the earliest. Besides,
she also demanded that Rs. 2000 crore amount for the scholarship of
the OBC students should be released immediately. Besides, one-time
additional central assistance of Rs. 83.31 crore should be released for
Aganbari centres. She also demanded 50 per cent increase in the basic
structure of the courts and to provide 50 per cent of the estimated
expenditure of Rs. 772 crore for the new building of Lucknow Bench.
The C.M. also demanded special encouragement for the states to
upgrade the arms and ammunition of the police force and to provide
them latest equipment. The Chief Secretary Mr. Atul Kumar Gupta,
Infrastructure Development Commissioner and Principal Secretary
Finance Mr. Anoop Mishra and Principal Secretary Planning Mr. Manjeet
Singh participated in the meeting on behalf of the State Government.
C.M. enquires about the health of journalist and gunner injured in Allahabad incident and wishes for their speedy recovery
Lucknow : July 20, 2010
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati enquired
about the health and well-being of Indian Express Correspondent
of Allahabad Mr. Vijay Pratap Singh and Mr. Sanjay Singh,
gunner of Institutional Finance, Stamp and Court Fee Minister of
U.P. and wished for their speedy recovery. It may be recalled
that they became injured in the bomb blast incident of Allahabad
on July 12 last.
The Chief Minister was informed that according to her
directives, Mr. Vijay Pratap Singh was admitted to Jeevan Jyoti
Hospital and all the necessary arrangements were ensured for his
proper treatment. After the improvement in the condition of Mr.
Singh, he was shifted to a Delhi hospital for his further
treatment, where his condition was improving.
The Chief Minister has directed the Resident Commissioner,
Delhi to enquire about the health of Mr. Singh personally in
The treatment of the gunner, Mr. Sanjay Singh is going on
in SGPGI, who became seriously injured in this incident. The
Chief Minister has also wished for his speedy recovery. Ms.
Mayawati said that she is with the family of Mr. Singh during this
hour of crisis.
C.M. announces Rs. 5 lakh financial assistance to dependents of Vijay Pratap Singh
Lucknow: 21 July 2010
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati has
announced Rs. 5 lakh as financial assistance to the
dependents of Mr. Vijay Pratap Singh who became
seriously injured in bomb blast incident of Allahabad on
July 12 last and died yesterday night.
It may be recalled that the treatment of Mr. Singh
was going on in Army Hospital at New Delhi, where he
died yesterday night.
Recruitment process for 1413 vacant posts of jail guards in jail department should be started immediately
C.M. reviews the works of jail department
Lucknow: 22 July 2010
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati has directed the
officers to take necessary steps immediately for strengthening the
security system of jails. She has also directed that vacant posts of
1413 jail guards should be filled by completing the process of
recruitment soon with full transparency and impartiality. Besides, she
also directed that the jail department should remain free from the
Government’s transfer policy.
The Chief Minister was reviewing the works of jail
administration department in a high-level meeting at her official
residence here today. She directed that the height of old jails’ main
boundary wall and circle wall should be extended up to 22 feet and
18 feet respectively as an immediate step to strengthen the security
system. She directed the officers to complete the works of 10 jails
under construction soon.
The Chief Minister has also directed the officers for 10 per cent
increase in the account of food expenditure. She said that effective
action should be taken in the cases of releasing the convicts before
the scheduled time period. She has also sanctioned the posts of 848
personnel as per needs of present jails and recruitment of 3000 home
guards in jails.
The C.M. has directed the officers to set-up the separate jail for
each district as a long term step, besides establishing five additional
central jails. She directed that the facilities of camera, CCTV,
electronic surveillance with control room should be provided for
improving the security system of jails. She also directed that sewer
and sewer treatment plant facility should be developed at every jail.
She directed the officers to issue necessary orders to ensure the
strict implementation of directives issued during the review meeting.