Minister of State for Communications & Technology—Sachin Pilot— said on Wednesday that the Bahujan-Samaj-Party-ruled state of Uttar Pradesh has been mired in terror and suppression of farmers for the last two years.
He was speaking at a function held at Mihir Bhoj College in Dadri in Gautam Budh Nagar District.
Pilot said the state government had only agenda—suppressing farmers and buying land at cheap rates to benefit the private builders and fill up individual pockets.
“Thousands of crores are being spent by UP Chief Minister Mayawati on self- glorification and money is being wasted on construction of memorials and statues,” said Pilot.
“Had this money been used for construction of hospitals, colleges or schools, it could have benefitted the masses,” he said.
“In the last 15 years, all the non-Congress UP chief ministers have done is demanded funds from the Centre on one pretext or another and neglected development. Funds have either been wasted or siphoned off.”
Praising the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi for his mission UP 2012, Pilot said he had sensed that next government in UP would be formed by Congress.
Detailing his ministry’s action plan for the district, Pilot said 16 new post offices would be set up in Gautam Budh Nagar and the Noida Postal Department was being upgraded to Postal Division level.
In Western UP, 1,450 mobile towers would be installed for providing telephone network in rural areas.
Presently, the area has 1,700 towers.
The District Congress Committee that had organised the function to congratulate Pilot on his becoming a Minister of State, also handed over a charter of demands.
It demanded passage of Land acquisition Amendment Bill which was pending in the Rajya Sabha and the construction of a railway overbridge at Dadri. The Committee also recommended the renaming of Pari Chowk as Rajesh Pilot Chowk.
According to the amendment sought, the ‘right to sell’ should be given to farmers and others whose land teh giovernment wishes to acquire for its projects. This Bill was passed in the Parliament in February 2009 and then went to the Rajya Sabha.