After promising smartphones to the youth and pension to outgoing pradhans if re-elected to power, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has now set his eyes on UP’s urban poor.
Rolling out one poll sop after another, the chief minister, while addressing the launch of the ‘Aasra’ housing scheme for urban poor on Saturday, said the government will add an extra room to each house if the SP comes back to power. At present, the government provides one-room accommodations to beneficiaries under the Aasra scheme. Over 10,000 urban poor have been identified as beneficiaries living in slums, especially those that are minority-dominated.
Among those who were given keys to their home under the government’s Aasra scheme was Maniram, the rickshaw-puller who had in October, pedalled Vijay Shekhar, chief executive of PayTM, to the chief minister’s official residence. Maniram had emerged from 5 Kalidas Marg a few hours later, Rs 6000 richer, with a brand new rickshaw, as well as the promise of an e-rickshaw and a house in Lucknow. On Saturday, Akhilesh delivered on the last of the pending promises to him.