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UPDC Autonomy Bill passed

THE VIDHAN Sabha passed the Uttar Pradesh Development Council Bill-2006 on Wednesday, giving the body autonomous status and more teeth, even as Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav accused the Centre of harassing those helping in industrialisation of Uttar Pradesh.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2006 01:18 IST

THE VIDHAN Sabha passed the Uttar Pradesh Development Council Bill-2006 on Wednesday, giving the body autonomous status and more teeth, even as Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav accused the Centre of harassing those helping in industrialisation of Uttar Pradesh.

The UPDC Bill, 2006, is being considered yet another attempt by the State Government to take the UPDC chairman’s post out of the purview of disqualification for holding an office of profit.A petition seeking disqualification of Samajwadi Party general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh for holding an office of profit is pending with the Election Commission. The Bill seeks to declare the UPDC an autonomous body with effect from October 15, 2003, when it was formed.

BJP members opposed various provisions of the Bill, saying there was no point in passing it in a hurry. They spoke in favour of an amendment to refer the Bill to a select committee. BJP member Laxmi Kant Bajpai said though the government indicated the UPDC had attracted investment of Rs 33,000 crore, nothing was said about new employment opportunities.

BJP member Hukum Singh said the office of profit issue was causing embarrassment to almost all the political parties. The UPDC chairman’s fate hung in the balance, he said, adding the obvious objective behind the Bill was to checkmate the UPDC chairman’s disqualification on the office of profit issue.

The CM, however, countered such arguments, saying there were no selfish motives behind the Bill.

Using the occasion to attack his adversaries, the CM said the office of profit issue was a double-edged weapon.

The chief minister flayed the Centre for not providing economic assistance to UP, though a request in this regard had been made to  PM Manmohan Singh. The CM gave specific instances to assert his point and said raids had been conducted at the premises of UPDC members. Obstructions were also being caused in the way of the State Government’s move to grant concessions on land being provided to set up industrialist units, he said, adding a PIL was also filed to cause obstructions in of way projects being implemented by the UPDC.

No such action was taken in other states, where more concessions were being granted to industrialists.  The CM said his government was serious about the State’s development and the growth rate had gone up from 0.5 per cent to 6 per cent.