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We’re not copycats: Akhilesh

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, February 23, 2013
First Published: 15:55 IST(23/2/2013) | Last Updated: 16:02 IST(23/2/2013)

Asserting that his government was not a copycat, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday said all its welfare schemes and programmes were original.

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Replying to the motion of thanks to the governor’s address in the Vidhan Sabha, Yadav said the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was misguiding people by saying the Samajwadi Party government had copied and renamed schemes of the previous regime.

“The leader of opposition’s statement was false and mischievous,” he said. He also said the state government was identifying officers who indulged in corrupt practices under the BSP regime and were still holding important positions. These officers would be shunted out and face action, he warned.

Taking another pot-shot at the previous government, he dismissed the opposition’s criticism of unemployment allowance and said the measure was necessary as there was hardly any employment opportunity under the BSP regime.

“The SP government’s decision to pay the allowance benefited 6.5 lakh unemployed persons,” he added. In the same vein, he made the point, “The SP government will fulfil its election promises. While the annual budget for 2013-14 lays emphasis development and welfare programmes, a large portion of the budget was allocated for construction of parks and memorials under the BSP rule.”

He also said delay in purchase of gunny bags by the BSP regime and the FCI’s noncooperation had hit paddy and wheat procurement. Focusing on efforts to create an investment-friendly climate, he said the state government improving the functioning of engineering colleges and polytechnics to focus on skill development.

He also said in view of a Supreme Court order, Samajwadi Party had made it clear that it would not bat in favour of reservation in promotion.

Congratulating officers for excellent arrangements for the pilgrims in Kumbh, he, at the same time, said the death of pilgrims in the Allahabad railway station stampede was unfortunate.


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