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'There is no need of UPDC'

Mayawati announces that all the controversial decisions of her predecessor Mulayam Singh Yadav would be reviewed, report Umesh Raghuvanshi and Vijay Sharma.

india Updated: May 14, 2007 00:20 IST

Within hours of assuming office as Chief Minister, Mayawati on Sunday announced that all the controversial decisions of her predecessor Mulayam Singh Yadav would be reviewed and security given to criminals would be withdrawn.

Giving a stern warning to officers, she said instead of just transferring them the State Government would begin taking strict administrative action against them.

She also announced scrapping of the Uttar Pradesh Development Council. “There is no need of UPDC. It stands scrapped. We have nothing to do with the UPDC decisions,” said Mayawati.

She also announced cancellation of all decisions taken after announcement of assembly poll in February 2007. A probe would be conducted into such decisions, she said adding that those who could not get justice during the SP regime would be taken care of. An inquiry would also be conducted into such cases, she said.

Mayawati hinted at doing away with 'unemployment allowance' to youth and said her government would go for providing more employment avenues. “Instead of unemployment allowance, jobs would be given to the youths,” she said.

All arms licences issued during the tenure of previous regime would be reviewed, she said.

Mayawati was speaking to mediapersons after assuming office of CM here today. She assured the people that her government would not resort to any political vendetta and “provide injustice-free, crime-free, fear-free, corruption-free and a development oriented government."

Mayawati also favoured reservation to economically weaker sections among upper castes and the minorities. “We will welcome any move of the Centre on this front,” she said adding the State Government would initiate steps to improve the lot of economically weaker sections if the Centre failed to do so.

A special drive would also be launched to fill up reserved posts, she said adding she would implement all the announcements being made by her.

Replying to a question, Mayawati said she would first like to look into the file of the Dadri-power project before making any comments on the issue.

About her party's stand on Presidential elections, Mayawati said she was yet to make up her mind on the issue.