CM traverses state with dole cheques

  Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has been kept on his toes – quite literally – these days. 

He has been hopping from one part of the state to another to pacify families of  victims of violence, and hand over compensation cheques to them.

Over the past two months, the chief minister has visited six families, criss-crossing the  state and offering them compensation.

 In a majority of  the cases, Akhilesh was forced to visit after they embarked on either an indefinite dharna or a hunger strike.

In January alone, the chief minister visited four families.
He first visited Ballia and met the family of the Delhi gang rape victim.
He gave the family a cheque of Rs 20 lakh besides announcing a health centre named after her.

Two days later, he was forced to visit Mathura to meet the family of  army jawan Hemraj, who was killed by Pakistani soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
The widow and the mother of the slain jawan had embarked on a hunger strike, demanding that Akhilesh must come to them.

Ten days later, Akhilesh met the families of the slain CRPF jawans at Pratapgarh and Allahabad. Both the families had insisted on his visit, and had sat on a dharna demanding enhanced compensation.

The widow of the slain deputy superintendent of police Zia-ul-Haque had also refused to bury him until Akhilesh visited her.

The chief minister had to face a hostile crowd when he went to Deoria to meet the widow. He gave her a cheque of Rs 50 lakh and promised employment to members of her family.

Then, on March 5, Akhilesh rushed to Kunda in Pratapgarh when the family members of  two people killed in  last week's violence threatened to sit on a dharna. He gave them cheques of Rs 20 lakh each.

“It is becoming a fashion of sorts – threatening hunger strike or dharna and demanding the chief minister’s visit,” said a senior officer.

But he conceded that it reflected that people had no faith in the system.

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