Lucknow: In a measure to corroborate vote bank in the backdrop of Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Mayawati government has rallied behind Dalit and minority groups with blizzard of policies.  

In order to woo minority people, the Council of Ministers gave thumbs up for the implementation of Savitri Bai Phule Balika Shiksha Yojana in the state-recognised madrasas.

Under the new scheme, the Uttar Pradesh Board of Madarsa Education will grant scholarships of Rs 15,000 to girls of BPL families and a cycle for admission to Aalim (equivalent to intermediate) first year of academic session and Rs 10,000 in the second year.

Trying to win the heart of Dalit farmers, the BSP government brought in agricultural policies with a 25 percent reservation for to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in order to get benefits of the scheme.

The government has sanctioned Rs 8 crore to improve the quality of soil under which 25 percent SC and ST farmers will get the benefit.
The state government will provide a grant of Rs 8,000 per quintal and the Centre Rs 2,000 per quintal for availing notified hybrid rice seeds certified by the Indian government. Similarly, a grant of Rs 5,000 per quintal will also be provided on the use of hybrid maize and millet seeds.

Giving much relief to the power sector, the state government has approved Rs 6,000-crore loan to the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation.

Clamping its consent on the proposal for amendment in Uttar Pradesh Protection of Trees Act, 1976, the Cabinet has also doubled the penalty of Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 for cutting trees without permission of the Forest Department.

(JPN/Bureau)