Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav on Friday said that developmental projects would be implemented to ensure all-round development of Bundelkhand. He added that farmers were priority of the state government and every effort would be made to make them prosperous.
He informed that keeping the interests of the farmers and development of villages in mind, additional funds had been earmarked in the budget. The Chief Minister was speaking at the occasion of cheque distribution to beneficiaries of unemployment allowance and Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojna at Ginnaut Bagh in Lalitpur. At the event, the Chief Minister distributed cheques worth Rs. 37.91 lakh to 3163 beneficiaries of the Unemployment Allowance scheme.
Under the Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojna, 776 beneficiaries were handed over cheques worth Rs 2 crore 32 lakh 80 thousand. The CM also laid the foundation stone of three power sub-stations in the district. These included for the first time construction of a 220 KV sub station at a cost of Rs. 125.27 crore, a power sub station of 33/11 KV at the cost of Rs. 5.61 crore in Talbehat and a 33/11 power sub station worth Rs. 5.26 crore in Mahrauni.
In his address the Chief Minister said the Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojna would encourage the girls and would enable them to lead an independent and honorable life. He also highlighted that after disbursement of the unemployment allowance, despondency that had set in amongst the unemployed youth has also gone away. He said a new industrial policy has been made to create a conducive environment for industrialization and investment.
Mr. Yadav also said that Lalitpur offered immense opportunities for tourism development and the government would undertake and fund tourist projects here. On these lines only, he announced, Ranchordham has been identified for development. The CM also announced that the 30 km stretch of single lane would be double laned, widened and upgraded on the Power Generation Buraugaon signal on the Lalitpur Kairwa road on the national highway 44 at a cost of Rs. 115 crore 28 lakh.
He also said that the road from Lalitpur to Mahrauni will be extended to Madawra and a sum of Rs. 80 crore would be spent on this. The Chief Minister also announced that the 18 km stretch on the Lalitpur Mahrauni district road number 30 would be widened, double laned and upgraded at a cost of Rs. 30.85 crore. The Chief Minister added that 12.0 km long roads would be constructed for 13 BASAWATs of 250 to 499 population at a cost of Rs. 70 lakh and that under the RRDF 18 scheme a road of 7.65 km would be built on four BASAWATS at a cost of Rs. 3.10 crore.
The Chief Minister also announced that PG courses would be started at the Lalitpur Government Degree college and said that the Poorakanla Gram Peyjal Yojna and the Mathuradang Gram Samuh Yojna at respective costs of Rs 5.71 crore and Rs 39.92 crore would be initiated to bring to an end the water crisis. The gathering received the announcements by the Chief Minister with thunderous applause.
The Chief Minister was accorded a grand welcome on his arrival and cultural presentations were made before him. Mr Yadav also announced a cash reward of Rs. 5,000 to the students of Nagar Palika Kanya Vidyalaya for their welcome song 'Jeet Liya hai jan manas aur jeet liya hai pradesh'. He also gave away Rs. 11,000 for the cultural programmes through local folk.
Labour and Employment Minister Dr. Waqar Ahmad Shah said that the young Chief Minister had given new dimension to the concept of development and thanked him for his vision and special focus on Bundelkhand. Minister of State for Labour and Unemployment Mr. Shahid Manzoor proposed the vote of thanks. Also present on the occasion were IIDC Mr. Anil Kumar Gupta, Principal Secretary (Labour) Mr. Shailesh Krishna, Secretary (Secondary Education) Mr. Parthsarthy Sen Sharma and senior officials, dignitaries, beneficiaries and public representatives.
The Chief Minister also inspected the Power plant Buraugaon (Chiglaua) Mirchwara. The vice-chairman of the company KN Bajaj apprised the Chief Minister in detail about the thermal power plant and told him that work on 660 MW in the first unit of the 1980 MW plant was in progress and by September 2014 power production would start.
Before this, the Chief Minister visited the Kshetrapal Ji Digambar Jain temple and offered prayers before Lord Abhinandnath and met Sudhasagar Maharaj ji. He also partook in a function here and laid the foundation stone of Sudhasagar Degree college which would be built on 4.5 acre land near Masaura.
Recounting the Jainism tenets of patience, social service, submissiveness of the Jain community, the CM promised all help to the Jain community. Soon after his arrival, the Chief Minister visited the mazaar of famous Sufi seer Baba Sadanshah, offered a chadar and prayed for peace, happiness and prosperity of the people of the state.