Provide aid for floods, money for development: Mayawati to PM

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Monday said the Centre has not provided any assistance to the state for flood relief so far and demanded an immediate sanction of Rs 2351 crore from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2010, 20:56 PM IST

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati on Monday said the Centre has not provided any assistance
to the state for flood relief so far and demanded an immediate
sanction of Rs 2351 crore from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Mayawati, who met Singh here today after a gap of over
one year, regretted that while Centre provided immediate aid
to Uttarakhand to tackle floods, Uttar Pradesh has so far not
been provided money for the same.

Interestingly, talking to reporters after her hour-
long meeting with the Prime Minister at his residence here,
Mayawati expressed satisfaction at the assurance of Singh to
look into the demands of the state government, but a
statement issued by the UP Government later was critical of
the Centre`s "discriminatory attitude" towards the state.

"I told the Prime Minister that I would be grateful
if Government of India takes effective steps on my demands,"
she said.

Besides funds for flood relief, the Chief Minister
also demanded central grants for Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak
Yojna, Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme, Central Road
Fund, funds for developing border roads and money for
providing scholarship for OBC students and a special package
for Bundelkhand and Poorvanchal (east UP) regions of the
state.

PTI