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CM?s rally draws maximum attendance

IT WAS like ?Poori sarkar berozgaron ke dwar? (the entire government at the doorstep of unemployed youths). Right from Chief Secretary NC Bajpai and DGP Bua Singh to principal secretaries, secretaries and lower ranking civil and police officers, every bureaucrat made it to the Ambedkar ground to be witness to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh?s ambitious launch of unemployment allowance scheme.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 01:29 IST
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IT WAS like “Poori sarkar berozgaron ke dwar” (the entire government at the doorstep of unemployed youths).

Right from Chief Secretary NC Bajpai and DGP Bua Singh to principal secretaries, secretaries and lower ranking civil and police officers, every bureaucrat made it to the Ambedkar ground to be witness to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh’s ambitious launch of unemployment allowance scheme. The ministers were also present in full strength. Never in the past were such a large number of senior bureaucrats involved in an exercise which had only political overtones. Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey was also present.

The government had made elaborate arrangements to bring the identity cardholder unemployed youths from Rae Bareli, Unnao, Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur, Hardoi and Lucknow for payment of the first installment of two months’ amount of Rs 1000. Around 50,000 youths had assembled to take the government largess.

Since it was a government-sponsored political extravaganza, the Samajwadi Party carefully kept party functionaries away and ministers were involved in the distribution of cheques with the help of bureaucrats.

Apart from Chief Minister Mulayam Singh, only one party MP, Mohan Singh, got the opportunity to address the gathering. Mohan Singh said while the Centrally-sponsored employment guarantee scheme provided Rs 6,000 annually after work, the UP government had given the same amount to youths without any work. He said if the government was voted back to power, the youths would get three times more as unemployment allowance. He recalled that the opposition had ridiculed the scheme when it was incorporated in the SP manifesto but now the chief minister had fulfilled his poll promise.

Labour Minister Dr Waqar Shah, whose department was responsible for disbursement of the amount, asked the youths to crush the opposition in the State for their diatribe against the chief minister.