The devastating Himalayan Tsunami of Uttarakhand has found unprecedented support from the country. Yet a remarkable aid to help came from the State of Uttar Pradesh. Soon after the disaster struck, the chief minister Sri. Akhilesh Yadav immediately sanctioned Rs.25 crore, the highest by any state government across India, to help Uttarakhand, where over one lakh pilgrims and tourists were stranded on the route of the Char Dham Yatra.
Then, in another remarkable move, Sri. Akhilesh Yadav directed his officials to immediately release, in one single installment, the INR 350 crore which had been pending for four years overpayment of pension to state government employees who were part of Uttar Pradesh when Uttarakhand was carved out in 2000. In 2010, in an agreement between the two states, it was decided that the amount would be paid in installments, but due to the tragedy there, UP Chief Minister decided to give the amount immediately so that it could be used in providing relief to the people.
This showcases his amazing statesmanship and compassion to help others in time of need. The Chief Minister led by example and himself donated a month’s salary to Uttarakhand Relief Fund.
The Chief Minister also urged his Party’s legislators, cabinet colleagues, and leaders of the Samajwadi Party to give INR 10 lakh each from their respective constituency development funds and INR 50,000 each of their own money, While the Ministers were requested to donate INR 1 Lakh each.
Uttar Pradesh has also sent 15 doctors and a fleet of 45 buses to ferry people out of Uttarakhand. The CM has also announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the families of two Indian Air Force personnel from this state killed in the!AF chopper crash in Uttarakhand.
“The two of the Air Force personnel, who were killed in the crash include Sudhakar, who hailed from Santkabir Nagar, and the other is Akhilesh Pratap from Jagdishpur, Amethi. We will give Rs 20 lakh assistance to their kin while taking responsibility for free education to their wards”, Akhilesh Yadav told reporters. While condoling the death of all those killed in the crash, he said, “the courage showed by this personnel would always be remembered.”
It was conspicuous that ever since Uttarakhand was carved out, there has been a tussle between the two states on issues like division of properties, revenue distribution etc. However, the recent help by the Chief Minister shows his humanitarian side that all differences are non-existent at times of need. Indians stand united at times of crisis and India comes before the agendas of State. It reflects that India is truly
It reflects that India is truly the Union of States. Secondly, It shows his remarkable statesmanship, highlighting that the new generation of politicians in India are willing to move towards positive development rather than dwelling on issues of the past. It is not so that the contentious issues of the past could not be resolved, but never were efforts made to truly address and help. On face of disaster new benchmarks have been set and old feuds finally put aside.
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