Even as the state capital was decked up today to celebrate 54th birthday of Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday, the state Cabinet doled out gifts to various sections of society.
In a major decision the Cabinet today cleared the proposal to give Rs 300 per month to families, which neither have BPL (below poverty Line) card nor any other source of income, including old age or widow pension.
The cabinet meeting chaired by the Mayawati also allowed entry of private schools to impart training of Basic Teachers Certificate (BTC), which was so far being conducted by district institute of education and training (DIET).
Highly placed official sources said the cash scheme to extremely poor people is aimed at protecting them from starvation.
Presumably it is also aimed at countering UPA government’s flagship National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), which yielded good electoral fortune for the Congress in 2009.
During Samajwadi Party regime Mulayam Singh Yadav too had launched two cash schemes- Rs 500 per month as unemployment allowance to youths and Rs 20,000 to every girl clearing intermediate in 2006. However their implementation was messed up leading to massive bungling in the funds. Both schemes were scrapped after the installation of the BSP government in 2007. In 2006, the Yadav government had doled out Rs 500 crore to unemployed youths in one year.
The scheme floated by social welfare department is likely to entail an annual expenditure of Rs 1100 crore covering nearly 30 lakh families in the state. Nearly Rs 90 crore would be spent every month on the scheme. It would be fully state-sponsored scheme.
Sources said while budgetary provision is being made in supplementary budget to be tabled in the assembly session commencing from January 21, the full-fledged implementation of the scheme would be from next fiscal years-2010-11. The scheme is being considered a major political weapon for the ruling BSP for the next assembly election in 2012.
The state government had so far been conducting BTC training through DIET but it has now allowed private schools to conduct the training. The Cabinet has also made changes in transfer policy of primary school lady teachers. Shaken over recent rape and murder of a lady teacher in Sitapur, the government has decided to post them only in those areas, which are well connected with transport. Now the teachers would be given preference in roadside schools.