Bundelkhand special package "delayed decision": UP govt

Terming the Centre`s announcement for a special package of Rs 7,266 crore for Bundelkhand as a "delayed decision", the Uttar Pradesh government on Friday said that it will not benefit the local people in any way.

Lucknow: Terming the Centre`s announcement
for a special package of Rs 7,266 crore for Bundelkhand as a
"delayed decision", the Uttar Pradesh government on Friday said
that it will not benefit the local people in any way.

"The government is of the view that the Centre should
sanction funds as per the proposals submitted by the state.

The special package announced by the Centre is insufficient
and a delayed decision," a government spokesman said here.

The spokesman said that Chief Minister Mayawati soon
after taking charge in 2007 had requested the Centre to
approve Rs 7,016 drought relief package for the UP region.

However, the UPA government yesterday announced a special
package of Rs 7,266 crore for development of the drought-hit
region that will be shared between Uttar Pradesh and Madhya
Pradesh.

"Announcing merely Rs 4,000 crore for Bundelkhand region
in UP is unfortunate and it indicates that the proposals
submitted by the state for integrated development of the
region were overlooked," the spokesman alleged.

The spokesman said that despite having limited resources,
the state has initiated host of development projects in the
area and has sanctioned money to establish an agriculture
university, nine ITIs, five polytechnics and a para medical
college in the area.

PTI