Bundelkhand package offering no additional help: UP govt

After accusing the UPA of discriminating against Uttar Pradesh, the state government on Friday said it was not getting any additional help from the Bundelkhand package announced by the Centre for the drought-hit region.

Lucknow: After accusing the UPA of
discriminating against Uttar Pradesh, the state government
on Friday said it was not getting any additional help from the
Bundelkhand package announced by the Centre for the
drought-hit region.
UP Chief Secretary Atul kumar Gupta, who met a Planning
Commission delegation in Jhansi today, apprised it of the
state`s views on the Bundelkhand package and said that the
assurance given by the central team was not "totally
positive", an official release said here.
"The state has not got any additional help due to the
Bundelkhand package announced by the Centre", the chief
secretary said adding that the over Rs 1595 crore additional
central aid (ACA) in the package is the one which would have
come to the state anyway.

The Chief Secretary said the state has got only Rs 332
crores of the ACA and requested for quick release of the
remaining amount besides the Rs 471 crores of the MNREGS
which was due.

He said that different schemes linked to the Bundelkhand
package recommended by the national rain area authority have
been sent to the concerned central government departments
which have been requested for making maximum resources
available for arranging potable water for which works can be
started before the onset of monsoon.

PTI