AFTER PRESENTING an election budget early this year, the State Government today tabled second supplementary grants for 2006-2007 demanding Rs 2882.70 crore under various heads to distribute more lollypops and complete Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s poll agenda.
A sum of Rs 250 crore has been demanded to begin distribution of ‘sarees’ to women living below the poverty line. The State Government has also sought a sum of Rs 120 crore to buy an airplane and a helicopter and a sum of Rs 6 crore to pay pension of Rs 500 per month to political prisoners detained during emergency under MISA and DIR in UP.
A sum of Rs 470 crore or so has also been demanded to pay additional installments of DA to the State Government employees. The State Government has obviously made advance provision for payment of DA installment that has become due to be paid to the employees on July 1, 2006. A sum of Rs 21.40 crore has been demanded to meet the expenditure on revision of electoral rolls for coming Vidhan Sabha polls.
Urban Development Minister Mohammad Azam Khan presented the supplementary grants in the presence of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in Vidhan Sabha this afternoon. Besides demanding a sum of Rs 120 crore for the purchase of an airplane and a helicopter, the State Government has also demanded a sum of Rs 2.21 crore for maintenance and fuel of existing fleet of planes and helicopters. A token amount of Rs 1000 has also been allocated for construction and maintenance of airstrips.
All these demands have been made after the Chief Minister announced the ‘unemployment allowance’ to unemployed graduates and post-graduates and welfare schemes for various sections of society. A sum of Rs 11.70 crore has been demanded for training of Anganbadi workers. The State Government has also demanded an additional sum of Rs 2,50,000 to give mementos to political prisoners detained during the Emergency. A sum of Rs 20 lakh has also been allocated to facilitate free travel to them in UPSRTC buses.
The State Government has also demanded a sum of Rs 24 lakh for installing a new lift at the Chief Minister’s official residence at 5-Kalidas Marg here. A demand of Rs 30 lakh has been demanded to change upholstery of the Chief Minister’s residence. An additional sum of Rs 5.50 lakh has been demanded fro installation of panel board after its renovation. A sum of Rs 90 lakh has been demanded for furnishing of residences of ministers. A sum of Rs 2.25 crore has been demanded for maintenance and petrol expenses on vehicles being used by ministers and chairmen of various corporations etc.
Some allocations made for Etawah and Rampur, the home districts of Chief Minister and Azam Khan, respectively, include the demand of Rs 2.23 crore construction of a shade at exhibition ground in Etawah. A sum of Rs 5 crore has been demanded for the Chief Minister’s Discretion Fund. A sum of Rs 2 crore has been demanded to provide grant to the Press Club, Journalists’ Welfare Society and Media Centre. A token sum of Rs 1000 has also been allocated for setting up of Gama Camera in the Nuclear Medicine department of the SGPGI Lucknow. A token sum of Rs 1000 has also been allocated for construction work there. A token sum of Rs 2000 has been allotted for purchase of equipment in the radiology, geriatrics, radio diagnosis, eye, medicine, neurology, plastic surgery, surgical and gastro logy departments etc.