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Babus painting rosy picture: CM

lucknow Updated: May 27, 2012 16:54 IST
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Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday took a dig at the bureaucracy for painting a rosy picture on the wheat procurement scenario.

Speaking at the HT-HH conclave, Akhilesh said the officers had been informing him that wheat procurement was going great guns in the districts.

"But when I went for surprise inspections, I found the scene different," he said while referring to his visit to Unnao on Friday.

"I asked for a weighing machine at a wheat procurement centre. I was informed the electronic weighing machine is being charged. When I stood on the machine it showed my weight as 20 kg," said the chief minister.

The chief minister said his government had inherited the state's backwardness and many other problems from the previous regime. No new industrial units or power houses had been set up in the state, he said adding his government would have to take immediate measures to set up new power plants or the situation would worsen in the next four years.

"New units will come up when the state gets coal from the Centre," said the CM.

About rural electrification he said only poles had been set up and wiring done in the villages.

But there was no power, he said.

"Sonebhadra is the highest producer of power in the state while the districts of west UP like Meerut and Ghaziabad are the highest consumers," he said.

Akhilesh to be accessible online

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday hinted that a system would soon be evolved where people may email their complaints directly to his office.

Chief minister said there were no computers in all the three rooms in the chief minister's office when he took over as chief minister. Efforts were being made to connect all the government departments online, he said.

Replying to a question from audience during the interactive session at the conclave, he said he would preside over a meeting of the Udyog Bandhu after the budget session of the state legislature.

Replying to another question about enforcement of labour laws, he said the issue could be debated.