UP renames awards after dalit icons

TNN, Sep 5, 2010, 12.24am IST

LUCKNOW: It is now turn for renaming awards for small industrialist,
craftsman and export promotion after dalit icons in Mayawati-ruled
Uttar Pradesh. Till now, this practice was confined to parks and
monuments, still under construction and refurbishment at a whopping
cost, which is estimated to have already crossed Rs 10,000 crore.

A decision to this effect was taken by chief minister Mayawati at a
cabinet meeting held here on Saturday.

As per the cabinet decision, the small industrialist state award
scheme will be renamed as Baba Saheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Small
Industrialist State Award Scheme.

Similarly, the state award given to special craftsman will be renamed
as Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Special Craftsman State Award Scheme.

Export award has been named after BSP founder Kanshiram.

These personalities had made an important contribution towards the
uplift of the country and the society. The decision taken by the
cabinet will not only enhance the prestige of the awards but also the
persons getting them will feel proud, said a government spokesman.

The cabinet also approved setting up of UP Forest Development Tribunal
under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The body will implement
and monitor the scheme launched with the help of the Centre for
increasing forest area and starting an affroestration drive with the
support of villagers under a national programme.

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