UP chief minister Mayawati’s penchant for raising statues in memory of her mentor Kanshi Ram and other Dalit icons continues to drill holes into the state exchequer. This, while UP reels under a severe drought.
The government’s apathy is evident from budgetary allocation made on Monday. The budget document shows government has made a demand of Rs 656 crore for erecting statues in Lucknow.
Contrary to this, no fund is being allocated from the state’s treasury for drought relief measures to provide succour to lakhs of farmers facing starvation. More...