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Officials exchange blows

THE PRESSURE to ensure Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav?s June 16 function passes off smoothly at the Ambedkar Maidan is beginning to tell on the authorities. This was evident on Wednesday when employees of the Education department and employment exchange here came to blows over the slow pace of distribution of identity proof to educated unemployed, who would be presented unemployment dole by the CM on Friday.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2006 01:14 IST

THE PRESSURE to ensure Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s June 16 function passes off smoothly at the Ambedkar Maidan is beginning to tell on the authorities. This was evident on Wednesday when employees of the Education department and employment exchange here came to blows over the slow pace of distribution of identity proof to educated unemployed, who would be presented unemployment dole by the CM on Friday.

It was only with the intervention of the police that the issue was resolved but not before the officers of the employment exchange got a dressing down from commissioner RK Mittal for issuing only 500 cheques to be handed over to the educated unemployed on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, chief secretary NC Bajpai visited the Maidan later in the evening to take stock of the ongoing preparations. Bajpai, who was accompanied by principal secretary to CM, Anil Kumar and other senior officers, reviewed the security arrangements and issued instructions that proper transport and civic arrangements be made for the youths to reach the function ground.

Though the Maidan has a platform for such public events, the organisers are especially building a new one on the ground that the former was not high enough to offer an overall view of the event. The CM is expected to hand over Rs 500 allowance cheques to some 300 educated unemployed on the occasion.

The beneficiaries would be accommodated in separate enclosures and the arrangements in each enclosure would be looked after either by a minister or an officer of the principal secretary rank. 

According to additional director employment exchange, Dilip Kumar 8, 278 educated unemployed youths and 5, 342 women had been selected for the purpose from Lucknow. Likewise, 8,278 men and 5,342 women were chosen from the neigbouring Rae Bareli, 5,797 men and 3,935 women from Unnao, 3,920 men and 1,527 women from Hardoi, 4,574 and 1,870 from Kheri, 5,530 and 2,629 from Sitapur.

“Before the cheque distribution ceremony, the youths would be taken in buses to the DG Home Guards head quarters on PRD Parade Ground on Jail Road between 7 am to 8.30 am where they would be given food-packets and mineral water bottles,” said district magistrate Ramendra Tripathi. He said SP (Traffic) Onkar Singh had been asked to ensure proper parking facilities for buses that would be bringing the beneficiaries from all the six districts in the Lucknow division.