Pedal power: ‘Cycle’ can be catalyst for social change

Will Akhilesh Yadav Part II be good for Uttar Pradesh’s socio-economic growth. Does  Cycle have the potential for radical social change. Samajwadi Party’s Yadav scion has announced a manifesto that can act as a catalyst for change of society and has something for everyone, be it youth, women, rural poor or senior citizens, if it comes to power.


First up, is a scheme for empowering youth through the Samajwadi Smartphone Yojna, which is all about distributing free smartphones among the youngsters. Yadav had previously announced the distribution of laptops under Free laptop yojna to select students from class 12 and 10 across the state. This scheme benefitted 15 lakh students to pursue higher education.


The Government other schemes for the holistic development across all sections of society especially the marginalized ones. For the urban poor, the country’s largest scheme was launched called the Samajwadi Pension Scheme covering the poor families of the state, giving them all-round protection. With this scheme, every family is given Rs. 500 per month as cover money. The Pension Scheme is increased by Rs. 50 every year to meet the requirements with the upper limit of the scheme has been fixed at Rs. 750. A budget of Rs. 3,327 crore has been allocated for this scheme and so far, 45 lakh families have been covered.


Extolling the virtues of socialism, the Yadav scion says, “Socialism is prosperity plus equality.“ Should the Samajwadi party come to power, there will a scheme of free pressure cooker to rural women. Fifty percent concession for women in state roadways bus fares will be given one litre ghee and one kg powdered milk powder will be provided to primary schools every month for poor kids.


Crime against women has been a cause for concern in the state and the UP government has launched several initiatives to address this problem. Most significant is the 24/7 Women Powerline across Uttar Pradesh. According to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, “No state can progress without women empowerment.” With the same thought in mind, he has led many initiatives to empower them, make them self-reliant and keep them secure. After the success of Women Power Line 1090, Women Security App 1090 has been launched. Women can now also lodge complaints online on the Women Security App 1090. For the first time, the Uttar Pradesh Police website has been launched Mahila Samman Prakoshth has been established by Uttar Pradesh police for women empowerment, safety and respect. To streamline law and order in the state, ‘UP 100’ scheme, has been commissioned in all 75 districts, ensuring police help within 15-20 minutes of a call being made. Besides, there are fast track courts for women and hostels for working women.


To improve education amongst meritorious girls, students from lower income families are given Rs. 30,000 each, under Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojna. According to CM Yadav, ‘We cannot progress without education.’ Till now, a total of 6,43,466 young girls have benefitted from this scheme.


A special plan and policies for farmers such as free irrigation to farmers, farmer accident insurance, and 102/108 Ambulance service, and many other welfare schemes have been implemented succesfully. Besides, a kisan kosh (treasury) will be initiated for the farmers if cycle gets a second run.


The Uttar Pradesh government has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to improve the health, agriculture and financial services to the poor. This is to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates, strengthen infant and young child feeding (IYCF) policies by promoting breastfeeding and increasing number of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) centres.

Written by The Realty Paper

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