HANDING OVER the cheques of Rs 20,000 to girl students here on Thursday under Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme, the Chief Minister said, “Betiyon Mulayam Singh ko yaad rakhna (girls remember Mulayam Singh).”
Targeting the mothers of these girls, the Chief Minister said that they would get two ‘Sarees’ and if the party returned power after the election, they would be entitled to five sarees. Both Kanya Vidya Dhan and saree schemes were meant for the families living below the poverty line (BPL).
With cash incentive becoming a major poll plank for the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP), the education department collected 1600 girls of the Lucknow division for distribution of the Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme money. The government fully geared up to complete the distribution of Rs 600 crore all over the State in next two months. In Lucknow division, the money would be distributed by September end. The education department also invited 142 meritorious students of high school and intermediate along with their parents and teachers for felicitation and cash award of Rs 20,000.
The Chief Minister said the youths played a vital role in the past and in the coming election they would a more important role. Pre-poll cash sops became means for direct interaction with youths and their parents. The department had also ‘tutored’ a few girls to laud the chief minister’s Vidya Dhan scheme. A girl, who was addressing the gathering, also gave ‘vote Mulayam Singh’ call.
Yadav said that while the State made a rapid progress during the past three years, the rivals ganged up to tarnish the government’s image. He said ‘remove Mulayam Singh’ became a joint action plan of all the political parties.
Yadav said youth should be cautious about these forces and thwart their game plan. He said besides opening more avenues for jobs, unemployment allowance would be increased from Rs 500 to Rs 1000 per month.