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Eye on polls, Maya rains sops

With an eye on the LS elections, CM Mayawati announces sops for youths, state government employees, and retired government personnel, reports Rajesh Kumar Singh.

lucknow Updated: May 25, 2008 02:12 IST
Rajesh Kumar Singh

With an eye on the Lok Sabha elections, Chief Minister Mayawati announced sops for youths, state government employees, retired government personnel, as well as upper caste and other backward caste community members on Saturday.

Talking to journalists at her official residence, Mayawati said in a meeting on Friday that the state cabinet had decided the state government would pay the fees of general category students along with the other backward caste students enrolled in government institutions after completing high school.

The government would extend the benefit only to students from families where the annual income was up to Rs one lakh.

“The state government will pay the fees of such students for which it had made a budgetary provision of Rs 200 crore,” she said.

Blaming the Samajwadi Party government for the goof-up in the recent zero fee issue in Lucknow University, Mayawati said the previous government had jeopardised the career of thousands of OBC students.

Mayawati said though the Samajwadi Party government had issued an order to extend the zero fee benefit to OBC students and had stated the government would pay the fees, it had made no budgetary provision.

“The state government has directed all universities to declare the results of OBC students,” she said.

The chief minister announced a six percent hike in the dearness allowance of state government employees, employees working in government-aided educational institutions/technical institutions and urban local bodies. The new order would be effective from January 1 this year. There was good news for state government pensioners and family pensioners too. Announcing a six per cent hike in their allowance, Mayawati said now payment would be made to them at the revised rate of 47 percent.

Mayawati said in the Samajwadi Party regime the state government had stopped the recruitment of general category candidates on various categories posts. Her government had lifted the ban.