The Uttar Pradesh government has announced the launch of a new scheme to improve infrastructure -- especially roads --in minority-dominated districts of the state. Under the scheme, which would also be implemented in the slums, the government would ensure among other things construction of proper drains, availability of clean drinking water and streetlights besides adequate drainage facilities.
The government has already announced a special scheme to encourage Muslim girls to study as well as sops for the community girls for their marriage. Urban development minister Azam Khan, while giving this information on Saturday, said the government had earmarked Rs 100 crore for the scheme. Khan said the government would get a survey of these minority dominated areas as well as slums done to check the exact requirements of such areas, like the number of vehicles that ply on certain roads, the extent of “lane and drain” repairs required etc.
The state government’s initiative, besides reaching out to its minority vote bank, is also aimed at wooing slum dwellers who the Samajwadi Party’s spin doctors feel also constitute a ‘sizeable vote bank.’
Meanwhile, the BJP has hit out at the govt for what the BJP leaders claim the inability of the government to get “things moving” in 10 months.
“Is it not a poor reflection on government functioning that the budget earmarked for various departments aren’t being utilised fully,” asked BJP spokesman Manoj Mishra.