Dalit slum, EWS colony, hospital on visit list

Ghaziabad, Feb, 21 : A government school, police station, tehsil, district hospital, Kanshi Ram Awas Yojna and a Dalit slum — these were part of the itinerary for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s visit to Ghaziabad on Sunday.

She spent approximately two hours in the district, advising police officers, scolding the district hospital staff and inquiring about problems faced by Dalits.
Upon her arrival at Raghunathpur in Ghaziabad, she spent 25 minutes visiting a government school, where she pulled up the SDM for not taking good care of the area.
Afterwards, she visited a Dalit basti. “She talked to the officials at length about the condition of the basti,” a senior officer said.
Next, Mayawati went to the Ramlila grounds in Ghaziabad, where she received a salute by the district’s police officers. Along with senior officials of the district she then went to the Sadar Tehsil and inspected the complaints lodged in the last year. “I want you to work on the lodged complaints and clear the backlog as soon as possible,” she instructed the Tehsil official. 

On her way to the district hospital, she made a brief stop at the Kotwali police station. “I want to see your registers. Why are there so many vehicle thefts taking place in the district? You have worked satisfactorily on complaints regarding SC/STs, but what about the complaints lodged by the general public? Launch a drive to arrest known and dreaded criminals,” she told the police officers.

Her disappointment was evident when she reached the MMG district hospital, where she reportedly asked the media to stay out. “She asked us how many emergencies we had handled since morning,” said a doctor at the hospital.

She then paid a visit to Pratap Vihar, where the Kansi Ram Awas Yojna — a housing scheme for economically weaker sections — has been implemented, and asked residents if they faced any problems.

The cavalcade then went to Mata Colony, the Dalit basti, where she reportedly admonished City Commissioner Basant Lal for not providing basic amenities in the colony.


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