September 11, 2016
The compassionate side of the young and enterprising Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav often loses on to grasping media attention. Behind this hard task master and tech-savvy CM, lies a person with a heart of gold. Akhilesh who is often called a people-friendly chief minister is known to reach out to the common man and extend every possible help in times of need and emergency.
According to a recent information accessed by The Indian Express under RTI Act from CM’s office, since coming to power in 2012, Akhilesh has spent over three times more of what BSP Chief, Mayawati had distributed in her five-year tenure as Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister.
Under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav, funds have been distributed for treatment, to families of those who were murdered, who died in accidents, committed suicide and those who died “untimely”. Akhilesh government had spent Rs. 105 crore in the financial year 2014-15 and distributed over Rs. 300 crore from the Chief Minister’s Discretionary Fund in less than four years. Those given financial assistance also included police, central forces and Indian army personnel from the state, who died on duty.
Some cases of help from Akhilesh Yadav’s tenure so far are heart-warming:
After a Bareilly woman posted a letter to Akhilesh Yadav that she needed money for the treatment of her 2-year old son suffering from cancer, the CM’s office released Rs. 6 lakh for this purpose.
He also directed Agra administration to make immediate arrangements to shift an 11-year old boy suffering from blood cancer to a super speciality hospital. Saying that he wanted to ‘live and see the world’ Ansh had written an emotional letter to the Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav seeking help for his treatment as his family wasn’t in a position to meet the medical expenses. Akhilesh Yadav promptly took the cognizance of this TOI report and provided all possible help to the family. Many other lives have been saved because of timely intervention by People’s CM.
Akhilesh Yadav gives out Rs. 300 cr. in compensation
There is an ‘Optional Fund’ provided in the budget. When chief minister announces help, the government use their own funds, optional funds or distress relief fund which includes donations received from people during natural or other disasters.
Akhilesh has spent Rs. 86.26 crores from the CM’s Distress Relief Fund, which is often used to provide help during natural calamities and other disasters. He gave Rs. 25 crores for the Uttarakhand floods and Rs. 20 crore for Jammu & Kashmir floods of 2014.
Under various types of funds, some people who offered help from Akhilesh Yadav are listed below:
Rs. 50 lakh was given to deputy SP Ziaul Haque, who was killed at Balipur village in Kunda in 2013. The next day, the government gave Rs. 40 lakh to the families of village pradhan Nanhelal and his brother Suresh, who were also killed along with Haque. Rs. 2-5 lakh were given to the families of those who died in rail accidents.
The government gave Rs. 10 lakh to the wife of Satai Ram Yadav, SP leader and MoS in the UP government. He had died after his car was hit at an unmanned rail crossing.
Akhilesh gave Rs. 15 lakh to the family of one Rajesh Yadav from Kanpur Dehat for his “death in a car accident” in December, 2014. Also, Rs. 15 lakh was given to the family of one Anurag Yadav for his death in a “car-bus accident”.
Kusum Verma, wife of Ram Manorath Verma from Barabanki was given Rs. 5 lakh for her “husband’s murder”.
Among journalists, the government had given Rs. 20 lakh to the family of Amresh Mishra, a “bureau chief” with a Hindi daily in Pratapgarh, who had died in a road accident. Also, Rs. 20 lakh was given to the mother of Tahir Abbas, editor of Rashtriya Sahara newspaper in Lucknow, on his “untimely death”. Akhilesh also gave Rs. 10 lakh each to the wife and father of reporter Dheeraj Pandey, who died after sustaining injuries in a road accident.
Apart from the above cases, CM’s office responded in kind, every time by distributing large amounts as compensation to those affected.
Uttar Hamara salutes the efforts of Akhilesh Yadav and his unquestionable love for the citizens of his state. He is truly a People’s CM!