New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati on Saturday said the central government has failed to check
rising prices despite several efforts.
"We may indulge in self-praise for a high growth rate,
but the rising prices have created problems for the poor.
Despite several efforts of the Centre, prices continue to go
up," Mayawati said addressing the 55th National Development
Council meeting here.
While the UP Chief Minister did not attend the meeting,
her speech was read in absentia by state Finance Minister
She said the Centre`s decision to go by the 2002 list of
people living below poverty line has deprived several poor
families from the benefits of ration cards meant for BPL
"The Tendulkar Committee report has confirmed that people
in the BPL category are far more than listed by the
government. Against this backdrop, the state government had
requested the Centre to include such families in the BPL list,
but the Union government has not carried out any positive
action," she said.
Mayawati claimed that despite a high growth rate, the
poor and the farmers continue to suffer. "Neither there had
been a growth in agricultural produce nor are the farmers
getting their dues," she said.
Referring to the naxal menace, she said the central
government has included 33 naxal-affected districts for
development. "Only Sonebhadra district has been included in
the list, whereas Mirzapur and Chandauli districts of UP are
affected by the problem... these districts should also be
included in the list," she said.
On the issue of floods, Mayawati said Centre`s attention
has been repeatedly drawn towards the floods from overflowing
rivers in Nepal hitting large areas of the state. "The
proposed dam projects on Nepal`s Pancheshwar, Karnali and
Rapti rivers should be completed at the earliest to help
overcome floods and increase power generation," she demanded.