New Delhi, Apr 14: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to demand smooth transfer of funds for various central schemes like MNREGA, supply of coal and improving infrastructure and was assured of all “due” help for development of the state.
In his first formal meeting with the Prime Minister since taking over as Chief Minister, Yadav, accompanied by senior officials and ministers, discussed his policies and programmes for Uttar Pradesh and the help he needed for implementing his schemes and ideas.
“We have not demanded any package for the state. It was a good meeting with the Prime Minister. A host of issues related to Uttar Pradesh, including MNREGA, roads, problems related to coal shortage, the Kumbh Mela to be held soon and the Ganga cleaning project were discussed,” Yadav told reporters after the meeting which lasted over an hour.
Yadav said he has sought the Centre's help, including sanctioning of requisite funds, to UP government.
“The Prime Minister has assured us that funds will be sent for all the schemes being implemented in the state,” he said.
The Prime Minister's Office spoke on similar lines through a statement on Twitter, saying the UP Chief Minister discussed development schemes with Singh.
“PM Manmohan Singh assured ‘all central help that is due to UP for its development' when CM Akhilesh Yadav raised the issue of Centre's aid,” the PMO said.
Yadav told the Prime Minister that his government will speed up all on-going welfare schemes in education, infrastructure and employment in UP.
The Chief Minister also discussed the forthcoming Kumbh festival, cleaning of the Ganga and coal supply to the state.
Yadav said roads, power, and drinking water were the priority areas for the Samajwadi Party government in UP.
“The Centre should grant these funds. Only then will the development work reach the people. If UP moves on the path of progress, then the country will move on that path too,” he said, adding UP being a big state, its progress matters in the overall development of the nation.
He maintained law and order is an important issue for his government.
Asked what action is being taken on corruption cases involving his predecessor government headed by Mayawati, he said he is looking into the matter and results will be visible soon.
He insisted those who built parks and placed statues of elephants and their own statues there have already been punished by the electorate which has voted them out. Though this was a clear reference to Mayawati, he did not name the BSP Chief.
“We are putting new policies and schemes in place. You will see the results within three months,” Yadav, who completed one month in office today, said.
Asked if NCTC issue came up for discussion with the Prime Minister, Akhilesh said security issues will come up for discussion in a separate meeting scheduled later.
He was referring to the Chief Ministers' conference called by the Centre on April 16 to discuss NCTC.
The UP Chief Minister later paid a courtesy call on President Pratibha Patil.