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Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday accused the previous Bahujan Samaj Party government of patronising corruption and wasting public money, whereas his government was using money for people's welfare.
Replying to the debate on the Governor's address in the Assembly, Akhilesh said, "One can look at any budget of the BSP government. Every budget had provision for stones, statues and memorials. Corruption had become a routine affair. Their ministers are in jail. Some more people will go to jail. Their misdeeds are coming to the fore."
The BSP members were not present in the House as they had staged a walkout in zero hour, alleging that the ruling party was conducting the business of the House in a high-handed manner.
The CM said, "Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya was looking for a reason to walk out. Discussion on sugar cane and sugar mills was going on, but they left.''
Akhilesh said the BSP had alleged that the government had copied their welfare schemes, but the fact was that every scheme launched by the Samajwadi Party government was original. For example, the Lohia Samagra Gram Vikas Yojana for development of backward villages will include 41 schemes of 22 department unlike only five schemes in the Ambedkar village scheme of the previous government.
"In the Ambedkar village scheme, the development work was meant for a specific caste and done only in their locality. We will develop entire villages which are selected on the basis of backwardness and not on the concentration of a specific caste," he said.
Akhilesh said his government had launched the unemployment allowance scheme as no employment was created in five years by the BSP government. "We are trying to develop employment avenues. We are streamlining everything from ITI, polytechnic to engineering colleges. Stress is on skill development. There is a programme of the central government for skill development but its funds were also siphoned away."