Gautambuddha Nagar: One of the dream projects of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, 'Mahamaya Garib Arthik Madad Yojna', still remains a distant dream in her native district, Gautam Buddh Nagar.
The project launched on January 15, 2010 with an aim to provide financial aid to people from economically weak background, is yet to find a foothold in the district. In CM’s home district many people were identified under ‘Mahamaya Garib Arthik Madad Yojna’, but most of them are yet to avail the benefits of the project.
The project aims at providing a monetary help of Rs 400 per month to people from financially weak background who are not benefiting from any other poverty alleviation schemes. 30 lakh people were indentified under the project, and the financial aid is being provided to over 19 lakh persons.
If people in Mayawati’s home district are not getting any benefit from her dream project, one can well understand the situation of other districts where the needy people are still waiting for their turn.
Under the project, the bank accounts of 18 identified residents of Kasana were opened. During the past three months, they have taken several rounds of the bank, only to return back empty-handed. Most of them have lost hope of getting any benefit from the project.
Gram Pradhan of Kasana village, Bala Devi said, “There is no one to tell us why the people identified for the projects are not being provided the promised allowances.”
Surprisingly, not a single beneficiary was selected for the project from Vilaspur Nagar Panchayat. According to state government machinery, not a single residence of Vilaspur was suited to be included in the project. Belying the officials’ claims, a Vilaspur resident Manti Devi is dependent on the alms given by neighbours for her survival.
Not only Manti Devi, Rajpal, Tulsi and Suresh Dalbeer too hail from financially weak background and have no source of income. However, despite their poor financial condition, they were considered unfit to be included in the project.
A resident of Dankaur village, Bode (67) is yet another example of the ignorance by the state machinery. Jobless Bode does not have a residential accommodation. To manage the family expenses, he has to take financial assistance from villagers and friends. On several occasions, Bode has visited government offices, but all efforts to get his name included in the beneficiary list have gone in vain.
Similar examples of ignorance have also cropped up in several villages including Bhunna Jaga, Tahpkheda, Salempur, Gharauli, Kanarsi and Baghpur.