Lucknow, Jan 15 (Agencies): It surely turned out to be a happy birthday for Uttar Pradesh. Chief Minister Mayawati unveiled over 600 projects worth Rs 4,000 crore on the occasion of her 55th birthday on Saturday, apparently with an eye on next year's Assembly elections, Uttar Pradesh

She also announced the implementation of Janhit Guarantee Act, aimed at making government officials accountable to public and ensuring timely delivery of services, especially those related to dalits, poor and down trodden.

Describing the Act as "historic", she told a function here that the idea is to fix accountability on officers who would be penalised in case of laxity.

"Every year my birthday is celebrated as 'Jan Kalyankari Diwas' on which my government takes decisions in the interest of the people and gift them developmental schemes," she said.

She took the opportunity to hit out at the opposition and a section of the media, saying they indulge in "baseless talks which shows their casteist attitude towards dalits".

Instead of highlighting the public welfare measures taken by her government, a section of the media and the opposition talk about her "dress and jewellery", she said.

"As part of my birthday celebrations, which is dedicated towards public welfare and uplift of poor, especially dalits, camps on various schemes for the benefit of downtrodden are
being organised in all the 72 districts," she said.

Mayawati also announced increase of financial aid under 'Mukhyamantri Mahamaya Gareeb Arthik Madad Yojna' to Rs 400 per month from Rs 300 now, benefiting 31 lakh families.

She announced increase in dearness allowance for state government employees and pension by 10 per cent with retrospective effect from July 1, 2010.

To provide medical and health facilities in remote areas,'Mukhyamantri Mahamaya Mobile Hospital scheme' was launched to benefit people in 133 blocks across 15 districts.
The chief minister also directed release of poor, old and sick prisoners lodged in various jails across the state.

The government will set up information centres in villages with over 5,000 population next year. "Officials will be available at these centres to provide services and
information on various scheme," she said.


Mayawati said to ensure better infrastructure facilities in ancient and historical cities, the government has already launched 355 projects worth Rs 15,000 crore.


"For Lucknow 53 projects worth Rs 3,984 crore have been sanctioned as the number of tourist increased after important places, museums and parks were named after icons belonging to SC/ST and OBC communities," she said.


Among other schemes, the government has set up a sewage treatment plant and taken up beautification work of Hazratganj and Lalbagh markets in the state capital.
The chief minister also released the sixth volume of her book 'Mera Jeevan Sangharsh aur BSP Movement ka Safarnama (My struggle and travelogue of BSP)'.