WHAT IS there in a name? Ask politicians of Uttar Pradesh who feel that names do matter a lot, at least in politics. The State Cabinet on Tuesday decided to rechristen the Mahamaya Nagar district as Hathras yet again. Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav presided over the meeting. Talking to media persons, chief secretary Naveen Chandra Bajpai said appropriate changes would be made in the records to rename Mahamaya Nagar as Hathras.
This is not for the first time that the name of the district has been changed.
The then chief minister Mayawati had created it by carving out areas around Hathras on May 6, 1997. Mayawati named the new district as Mahamaya Nagar.
Later when Kalyan Singh took over the reins of governance from Mayawati, he decided to revert back to Hathras. When Mayawati took over as state chief minister again, she decided to rename the district as Mahamaya Nagar on July 25, 2002.
According to sources, the State Cabinet deferred a decision on introducing reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other backward classes in private medical colleges and engineering colleges of the state. It asked the State Government to look into the issue again and authorised the CM to take appropriate decision on the issue. Sources said the Cabinet also decided to prorogue the recently concluded session of the State Legislature that met between May 11 to 18, 2006. This would enable the State Cabinet to promulgate ordinances on issues of urgent nature. The State Cabinet decided to amend the Uttar Pradesh Legislature (Pension and Emoluments of Members) Act to increase the expenditure of MLAs, MLCs, including ministers, on telephone from Rs 4000 to Rs 6000 with immediate effect, said the chief secretary. This would include the expenses that may be incurred on mobile telephones, said Bajpai.
The State Cabinet also decided to appoint 7000 “Shiksha Mitras” in primary schools situated in urban areas on remuneration of Rs 2400 per month.
Appointment would be made for 11 months from July to May every year, Bajpai said. So far the Shiksha Mitras were being appointed in schools situated in rural areas, he said.
The State Cabinet decided to appoint a “Panchayat Mitra” in each of the 18237 village panchayats of 22 districts where the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme was being implemented. As per the decision, a sum of Rs 2000 per month would be paid to the ‘Panchayat Mitra’ who would be initially appointed for one year. Their appointment would be renewable for two more years after which new appointments would be made. Intermediate passed youths in the age group of 18 to 35 years on July 1, would be eligible for the post. A committee to be headed by the district magistrates would make appointments for the post.