Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday announced new-year gift to village chowkidars doubling their honourarium, sanctioning them cycle allowance and promising them photo identity cards and arms licenses.
Chief Minister has obviously realised the worth of the village chowkidars in an election year though he claimed the Samajwadi Party always took care of them. It was during the tenure of his successive governments that honorarium was first increased to Rs 100 to Rs 300 and then to Rs 500 per month, said chief minister. Now honourarium has been doubled from Rs 500 per month to Rs 1000 per month, he said.
Besides increasing the honourarium a sum of Rs 1500 would be paid to them to buy cycle, said the chief minister while commending the role of village chowkidars in the maintenance of law and order situation. Chief minister was addressing a state level convention of village chowkidars at Lakshman Mela Grounds in Lucknow on Tuesday.
About 53000 chowkidars took part in the convention. Despite being paid low wages the village chowkidars were honestly performing their duties be it the maintenance of law and order situation or the election duty, said chief minister while reminding the chowkidars how Samajwadi Party always took care of their problems.
Taking strong exception to the Bharatiya Janata Party's charges that a 'jungle rule' prevailing in Uttar Pradesh the chief minister said the lion was the king of the jungle. So, he was there on the dais, said the CM indicating that he was the king if there was a jungle rule in the state.
Chief Minister said the UP's law and order situation was the best among all the states. While 102 children were being kidnapped in Delhi on a population of 10 lakh only 16 kidnappings have been reported from Uttar Pradesh despite much higher population.