26 July :Chief Minister Mayawati said economic growth of the state was hampered due to “non-cooperation” of Central agencies and demanded that Centre announce special package for backward Bundelkhand region and eastern Uttar Pradesh.
“The chief minister has sent two letters to the prime minister today(Sunday) requesting him to release special packages for backward regions of the state – Bundelkhand and districts in eastern UP,” chief secretary Atul Kumar Gupta told reporters in Lucknow.Mayawati, in the letter said, economic growth of the state was hampered due to non cooperation of Central agencies.
Stating that laying of roads by the National Highway Authority of India was progressing on a slow pace, she said the Central agency had attributed it to paucity of budget.She has requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention for immediate completion of the project.
“Central schemes should not be limited to certain areas and it should extend to backward regions, so that regional imbalance could be checked,” she said in the letter.Demanding that Centre cooperate in accelerated development of the state, she said proposals made in Rs 80,000 crore package submitted by the state should be sanctioned.
Mayawati alleged that as the Centre was not investing in energy sector and adequate power was not allocated to state, it was lagging behind in industrialisation.