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Maya's welfare schemes to be axed


PUJA AWASTHI | Lucknow, April 9, 2012 16:36
Tags : akhilesh yadav government | mayawati welfare schemes | akhilesh yadav poll promises | Mahamaya Garib Arthik Madad Yojana | Savitri Bai Phule Balika Shiksha Madad Yojana |

Maya's welfare scehems to be scrapedThe Akhilesh Yadav government, which is looking for finances to fund its poll promises, is likely to scrap welfare schemes announced by Mayawati which were in any case being run down by the Samajwadi Party for faulty implementation and bungling.

Among the schemes set to face the axe is the Mahamaya Garib Arthik Madad Yojana launched amidst much fanfare on the BSP chief’s birthday on January 15 last year. Under this scheme, women below the poverty line were to receive Rs 400 every month. However of the crores spent in the name of welfare, very little actually went to the intended beneficiaries. This is the finding of the finance department which is conducting a check of welfare schemes launched in the previous regime.

Similar irregularities have been found in the Savitri Bai Phule Balika Shiksha Madad Yojana which aimed to give Rs 15,000 and a cycle to girls who passed their class 10 exams. It also provided for Rs 10,000 for girls getting admitted to class 12. In the financial year 2008-09, Rs 160 crores and in the year 2009-10, Rs 412.50 crores were spent on the scheme but the state’s education department has reported that most of this money went into wrong hands. Thus the finance department has not released any funds for the scheme in the current year.

The Mahamaya Garib Balika Ashirwad Yojana launched to check female infanticide by offering Rs one lakh at the birth of a girl child is also set to face the axe as are other schemes launched in the name of Dalit icons.
These include Kanshiram Shehari Garib Awas Yojana for urban housing for the poor, Kanshiram Khel puraskar to encourage sportspersons from the state and the Kanshiram Garib Dalit Basti
Samagrha Vikas Yojana for the all round development of Dalit colonies in cities. No finances have been released for these schemes in the current financial year.

An official of the finance department says, “The new government has a different set of priorities such as unemployment allowance and distribution of laptops. The money saved by shutting down these schemes will provide the finances to fulfill the poll promises.”

However as Dalit activist SP Darapuri points out, "Part of this is political vendetta for schemes such as Kanshiram Shehari Garib Awas Yojana had started making a difference."

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