“Congress-led UPA of betraying the backward sections”

“Criteria for creamy layer should have been fixed in view of price rise”

LUCKNOW: BSP chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has sharply reacted to the Centre increasing the annual income limit for the creamy layer from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 4.5 lakh saying it was not enough.

Accusing the Congress-led UPA of betraying the backward sections, she said that the criteria for creamy layer should have been fixed in view of price rise and inflation.

Calling it a move meant to woo the voters, Mayawati said had the Congress been a true well wisher of backwards, then it would not have declared increasing the income limit in an election year.

BSP National President said had UPA government been a true well wisher of backwards, them it would have made efforts to fill backlog vacancies in different departments of union government for it by launching a campaign.

Besides, it would have implemented the reservation for OBCs in higher educational institutions, especially technical institutions.

She said alleged efforts by UPA allies for filling the vacancies meant for backwards by candidates from the general category in IIT was enough to expose them.

BPL families

The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday asked the Centre to notify the increase in the number of BPL families in the State to enable all those living below the poverty line to take advantage of various government schemes.

Presiding over a meeting of senior district officials here, Chief Minister Mayawati said she had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in this regard.

Six years ago, the Centre had fixed the number of those living below the poverty line in the state at 99 lakh.

Eligible persons should be included in BPL list as early as possible, the Chief Minister said. - PTI