Samajwadi Pension Scheme the biggest pension scheme in the country run by a state from its own resources
Work on Lucknow Metro Rail underway
Land acquired from farmers in record time through their consent for the Agra-Lucknow Express-way
Work is being done expeditiously on expanding power, roads, irrigation and other basic infrastructure
Chief Minister replies on the debate on vote of thanks of Governor’s address
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has said that the state government was working for the welfare of the poor, backward, farmers, minorities, women, youth and all other sections of the society and added that while his predecessor government was only rolling out schemes for its political currency, the present state government had fast tracked development and was taking the state on the path of progress.
The Chief Minister was today speaking in the state assembly on the first session of 2015 and responding to the debate on the vote of thanks for the Governor’s address. Stating that the state government, from the very beginning of its tenure, had undertaken such schemes that all-round development of the state takes place, Mr. Yadav also rebutted allegations that the state government was changing names of schemes rolled out by the previous government.
Citing example of the Samajwadi Pension Scheme the Chief Minister said it was the biggest pension scheme being run by a state government through its resources anywhere in the country where the beneficiaries are getting the pension amount straight into their bank accounts. Benefit of this scheme is going to 40 lakh poor families in the state, the Chief Minister informed while pointing out that in times to come, it would be publicised more for encompassing more families under its ambit. This scheme, he added, was benefiting all sections of the society.
Mr. Yadav also said that the state government understood the importance of public transport and realizes that until better arrangements for public transport are not done in major cities the problem of traffic jams will not be done away with. For this, he added, the state government was working seriously on systemizing public transport in all cities including Lucknow and pointed out how despite no help extended by the union government work was going on expeditiously on the Lucknow Metro Rail.
The Chief Minister also assured that the state government was committed to complete the Metro Rail project under all circumstances. In the same way, he referred to the Agra-Lucknow Express-way where he pointed out various things were being said about the prospects and viability of the project, specially land acquisition though the fact is that in record time land has been acquired by consent of the farmers.
Even an Union Minister has praised the manner in which land has been acquired for this project, the Chief Minister added. Parcel and land acquisition of the land for the Yamuna Expressway and parcel given to its developers which led to large scale victimization of farmers is well known, Mr. Yadav pointed out and said that mandi’s of potato, milk, cereals and other things will be set up on both sides of the express-way.
Assuring the members of the House that the project would be completed within two years, the Chief Minister also expressed hope that once it is completed, farmers will be able to send across their harvest in less time to mandi’s and cities. Referring to other development work, the Chief Minister said that work on improving and expanding basic infrastructure facilities like power, roads and irrigation had been undertaken by the state government. He mentioned the Mother Dairy plant in Etawah, power plant in Lalitpur and Agriculture University in Banda and said that the state government was also completing pending works for people’s welfare.
The Chief Minister also mentioned the Janeshwar Mishra Park in Lucknow and said that all paper work of this park had been verified and work undertaken when the government was satisfied that this land did not belong to any other project. Both Janeshwar Mishra and Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia park were benefiting the people, the Chief Minister pointed out.
He also discussed various amusement facilities being established in the Janeshwar Mishra Park and said that trees being planted here are attracting people will be inquisitive to know about them. This park, he added, was being developed on the lines of the Hyde Park in London. Similarly toy trains were being run in zoo’s and green belts developed across the state, Mr Yadav said.
The Chief Minister also said that work on linking district headquarters to four lane roads was also underway and same was the situation with the BahraichRupdiah, Moradabad-Sambhal, Varanasi-Anpara, Bhadohi-Babatpur and inner ring road in Agra, widening of the Firozabad-Agra road and Delhi-Aligarh roads.
Despite resource crunch, the Chief Minister apprised the House, the state government had so far constructed 48 railway over bridges, 253 big and medium bridges and CC roads and drains were being constructed in the Janeshwar Mishra villages. Referring to the work being done in the power sector, the Chief Minister said that extensive work was undertaken in transmission, generation and distribution sectors and till now 426 sub-stations of 33 KVA and 64 sub-stations of 132 KVA have already been constructed and work is on to establish many more sub-stations. At many places underground power cables were being laid and work is under progress on separate feeders for farmers. Power generation would soon begin at the power plant being established at Lalitpur, which will benefit people of the state.
For solar energy, Mr. Yadav pointed out, a policy had been announced and work is underway and the maximum benefit of this would come to Bundelkhand region, he further stated. The state run ‘108’ Samajwadi Health Service’ and ‘102’ National Ambulance Service was benefiting lakhs of needy people who were using these services and the present state government had completed work on various incomplete medical colleges and many poor patients were getting benefits of healthcare schemes rolled out by the state government, he informed.
Mr. Yadav also pointed out that in order to improve rural economy, the government was prioritizing agri-based industry as he also referred to the Kamdhenu scheme under which 153 big and 650 small dairies have so far been established. Rs. 1,327 crore has been distributed under the Rs. 5 lakh per beneficiary Farmer Accidental Insurance Scheme of the present government, the Chief Minister informed. Similarly to take banking to the people, more that 2,870 bank branches have been opened in the state and it was due to the facilities provided by the government that investors were coming forward to invest in the state, Mr. Yadav stated.
Referring to law and order, Mr. Yadav said whatever incidents come to the knowledge of the state government, action is promptly initiated and pointed out that while negative publicity is given to such incidents by the media but when cases are cracked and miscreants apprehended, they do not even find mention. He also held out an assurance that the state government will not tolerate any laxity on the law and order front and underlined that the state government was working for all-round and comprehensive development of the state.