Mayawati seeks funds from the Centre for welfare schemes

Last Updated: Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 00:25

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati on Saturday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to
immediately release the Centre`s share of funds for NREGA and
backward scholorship scheme saying delay in this was adding
to the financial burden of the state.

In two separate letters written to the Prime Minister,
she requested him to direct the Social Justice and Empowerment
Ministry to immediately release Rs 2074.32 crore of Centre`s
share to disburse scholorships among school students of the
backward castes besides the remaining Rs 2425 crore of its
share in the funds for the NREGA.
Recalling earlier communication to the Centre in this
regard, she asked for increasing the budget of the Social
Justice and Empowerment Ministry if it was not sufficient to
meet the demand.

Noting that the delay in providing Centre`s share
of these schemes was adding to the financial burden of the
state and adversly affecting other development schemes,
she said the state got only Rs 13.49 crore against its demand
for Rs 2087.81 crore for the scholarships and that too after
a reminder.

She also asked for immediate release of Rs 2425
crore of the NREGA scheme saying that the lack of fund was
hampering the process to provide employment in the rural
areas.
In another letter to the Prime Minister Mayawati
requested for approval of 60 proposals worth Rs 1,424 crore of
state highways.

The chief minister requested the Prime Minister to
direct the Central Road Transport and National Highway
department to approve the proposals at the earliest.
She also requested for providing Rs 135.34 crore
against the utilisation certificate already given to the
Centre.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 00:25

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