Lucknow: Rebutting the statement made by Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission regarding slow pace of development in Bundelkhand, the Uttar Pradesh government said the authorities are taking steps towards social and economic reforms of the region.

Chief Secretary Anoop Mishra said, “Authorities are probing into the complaints and anomalies registered regarding new projects. The dams which are under deplorable condition due to heavy rainfall are under construction while the assortment of DAP and non-DAP blocks has been put to halt.”

It needs to be mentioned that Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia after inspecting the region cancelled the second installment for Bundelkhand package and expressed displeasure over the dismal performance of state government towards the development of the region.

Interestingly, Mishra gave contradictory statement that Ahluwalia was satisfied with the investment made in the Bundelkhand region. He said out of Rs 10,685 crore allocated for Bundelkhand package the state government has received Rs 1596 crore.

The department is focusing on Prime Minister Village Road Project and Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electricity Project to waive off loans imposed on farmers and proper tube well facility in rural belt.

JPN/Bureau