BSP govt to raise spcl force to protect Dalit memorials
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Last Updated: Friday, January 29, 2010, 00:29
Lucknow: The grand memorials the BSP government has built for Dalit icons here and in Noida are still mired in legal battle but that has not deterred it from coming out with a proposal for raising a special security force at a cost of about Rs.60 crore for protecting them.

A bill, titled "State Special Region Security Bill, 2010", tabled in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Lalji Verma, aims at providing security to the various memorials, status and parks set up in the state.

The measure describes the memorials, parks and other important places as "special region" for the purpose of providing security to them. While the UP government estimates place the cost of the memorials in Lucknow at Rs. 2,600 crore, the one in Noida, near Delhi, is around Rs.650 crore.

They include the Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal, Dr Ambedkar Bihar, Manyavar Kanshiramji Smarak Sthal as well 13, Mall Avenue (the bungalaow allotted to Chief Minister Mayawati when she was CM earlier and has since then been converted into a memorial) and the Gautam Buddh Nagar Samta Moolak Sthal in Noida, near Delhi.

Following public interest ligation in Supreme Court in the wake of raging controversy over public money being spent on these memorials, work in all these memorials has been put on hold.

Under the bill, the raising of the force would cost Rs53 crore while a recurring annual expenditure is estimated at around Rs.14 crore, excluding the expenditure on land required for purpose of having infrastructure for the force.

IPS and PPS officers would be appointed to head the top positions in the new force while subordinate staff would be directly recruited.

In the initial stage, only one battalion of the force would be raised but the state government would have the right to expand it.


First Published: Friday, January 29, 2010, 00:29

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