CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday expressed his anguish at not being able to announce schemes for the welfare of policemen because of imposition of the model code of conduct for the local bodies election. Yadav said all his announcements were being brought under the purview of the code to assail his government.
Addressing a function on the Police Memorial Day here on Saturday, Yadav, however, assured, the cops that more welfare schemes would be announced after the civic poll. Without taking the name of Governor TV Rajeswar, who had recently shot off a letter to State Election Commissioner AP Singh, demanding a ban on distribution of unemployment allowance and Kanya Vidya Dhan during the poll, the chief minister said some people were not sensitive to issues. Yadav, however, took notice of the statement of AP Singh that he (AP Singh) was pained at the ban. The BJP and Congress had also flayed the chief minister for “violating the code of conduct”.
However, Yadav said the government would bear all the medical expenses of policemen. He said more facilities were in store, which would be provided soon.
While lauding the UP police role in containing terrorism and Naxalite movement, the chief minister also appreciated the performance of the Special Task Force (STF). He said the police had also effectively tackled the communal situation in the state. Yadav said during the last three years, there had been a vast improvement in the image of the UP police. The chief minister dwelt on how the police had crushed a terrorist attack on Ayodhya and controlled the situation after serial blasts in Varanasi. He said the police also foiled all the attempts to disrupt communal harmony in the state. He said the police had also succeeded in eliminating dreaded dacoits of the Chambal ravines.
Director general of police Bua Singh said of the 752 policemen killed over past one year in the country, 136 were from UP. The DGP also paid glowing tributes to martyrs of the department. The chief minister presented gifts to widows of policemen.