NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Friday and sought a Rs. 80,000-crore package for development of the State.
During the hour-long meeting, she demanded an assistance of Rs. 14,100 crore for development of infrastructure in the backward Bundelkhand and Purvanchal regions, which she said should be treated on a par with Uttarakhand for a “special area incentive package”. The package might be spread over five years.
Addressing a press conference later, Ms. Mayawati said she had sought a Rs. 22,000-crore special assistance for providing employment in the farming and other sectors.
Another Rs. 6,500 crore was sought for rural development and the Panchayati Raj Department and Rs. 1,33,000 crore for other proposals for integrated development of the State. Favouring job reservation for economically weaker sections among upper castes also, she said the quota policy for the weaker sections should be implemented in the private and other sectors too.
A special assistance of Rs. 23,800 crore was needed for bringing into the mainstream the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes, the Other Backward Classes, religious minorities and those among the upper caste living below poverty line, she said.
“A larger number of people of upper castes all over the country are leading a miserable life due to lack of special assistance,” she said. “Such people should also be provided the benefits of reservation policy on the basis of their economic conditions. They should be provided reservation in the public, private and other sectors,” she said and urged the Prime Minister to include the reservation policy in IX Schedule of the Constitution.