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Rs 56,000-cr bonanza for Akhilesh's dream plans


Uttar Pradesh government's laptop scheme, unemployment bonus of Rs. 1,000 per month and free homes to scheduled castes is set to get the Central government's stamp with some conditions.


The Planning Commission is likely to approve eight new schemes for Samajwadi Party government UP on Wednesday when the state chief minister Akhilesh Yadav would meeting senior plan panel officials including deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

The planning commission has agreed to provide Rs. 1,000 unemployment allowance to matric pass youth in the age group of 30 to 40 years provided the state government fixes either the income criteria or unemployment allowances for the below poverty line families. The allowance will cost Rs. 396 crore in the current financial year.


Another ambitious scheme of the state government - to provide tablets to pass-outs of class X and XII --- also has the panel's in-principle approval with an allocation of Rs. 975 crore likely to be provided in the annual plan expected to be of Rs. 56,000 crore. It would be about 19.15 % % higher than the plan of Rs. 47,000 crore for the financial year 2011-12.


In addition to this, the state government's renewed emphasis on social sector would get a go-ahead. A new pre-matric scholarship for the scheduled caste students in on the anvil. The panel is expected to double the outlay for welfare of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and minorities in the annual plan. 


Uttar Pradesh's two townships neighbouring Delhi - Noida and Greater Noida - is also expected to get higher allocation from the Central government. The panel is expected to allocate Rs. 4,300 crore for these two townships as against Rs. 3,800 crore in the last financial year.


The panel is expected to emphasise on the need to reduce infant and maternal mortality rate and improve overall literacy rate and GDP growth. It also wants the state government to improve performance of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and women participation in it, official sources said.


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