New Delhi: With the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election scheduled in 2012, the Congress is leaving no stone unturned in their endeavors to woo the voters in Bundelkhand region, which is facing plethora of problems. A recent relief package of Rs 200 crore to the region by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for clear drinking water has acted a shot in the arm for ‘Operation Uttar Pradesh’ launched by Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi. In addition, the PM has already announced a special package for Bundelkhand.

The fund will be utilized to provide the clear drinking water in the far flung areas of Bundelkhand region spread across UP and Madhya Pradesh. The Union Cabinet approved a proposal in this regard in its meeting on Thursday.

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni said the residents of Bundelkhand region will be provided special arrangements for rain water harvesting. Farmers of the region would be given training for cultivation. According to the Union Minister, farmers will be informed about crops which need less water for growth.

For the implementation of the project, UP government and MP government will have to forward a proposal in this regard to the Centre. After discussing the proposal with different agencies, the Union government will release the funds for the project.

Rahul Gandhi played an instrumental role in getting the package approved for Bundelkhand region. In a meeting with PM, he sought a special package of Rs 8000 crore for the development of the region.

Following which, the Centre approved a package worth Rs 7,266 crore for Bundelkhand region, out of which UP and MP will get Rs 3,506 crore and Rs 3,706 crore respectively.

JPN/Bureau