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Minister sings Mulayam tune

india Updated: Jun 24, 2006 01:24 IST
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AFTER CHIEF Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, it was the turn of his ministers to blame the Union government for the ills plaguing Uttar Pradesh Minister of State for Information Technology and Electronics, Rajendra Singh Rana, on Friday alleged that due to misinformation campaign launched by the Union government, the major IT companies were not investing in UP.

Recently the chief minister had blamed the Centre for continuing power crisis in the State. The Centre- State spat provided an opportunity to the non-performing ministers to conceal the facts and blame the Central government for their lacklustre performance.

Rana said despite initiative by the Samajwadi Party government in the past three years, big IT houses had shied from setting up their units in UP. Those who wished to invest in UP were advised against doing so by the Central government that said that law and order situation in UP had deteriorated. IT majors were forced to invest in another state, he rued.

Several industrial houses had planned to set up their units in Dadri industrial area. But due to the attitude of the Central government all entrepreneurs had shifted their project to some other state.

The law and order situation in UP was better in comparison to Congress- ruled states including Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi, Rana said.

Congress was trying to create political instability in the State and was hatching a conspiracy to destabilise the State government, he alleged. The State government projects that required clearance from the Central government, were pending since several years, Rana said.

Focusing on the achievements of his departments, Rana said recently a delegation of the IT Department officials had visited Bangalore under his chairmanship and held talks with IT companies over investment in Uttar Pradesh. Several companies, including Wipro and NIIT, had expressed their desire to invest in UP, he claimed.

“The State government has provided several concessions to the companies that plan to invest in the state under UP Information Technology Policy 2004. We have already decided to promote e- governance and a study is being conducted to prepare e-governance road map”, he said.

“The State government has decided to implement Lokvani programme in 28 districts and by July end this programme would be launched in all the districts.

Under Project Invite, IBM was preparing software for training of teachers working in engineering colleges and universities. Work was also continuing on e- classroom programme in association with IIT, Kanpur”, he said.