Monday, March 15, 2010

Recession, my foot!

According to the reply of an RTI filed in the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) here is the Maya of Mayawati:
  • Cost of Statues of Mayawati and Kanshi Ram: cost Rs 6.68 crore
  • Cost of 60 marble elephants at the Ambedkar memorial cost Rs 52 crore
This is just tip of the iceberg by the Uttar Pradesh budget. Uttar Pradesh culture department’s budget for 2009-10 shows that in 2008-09, the department had allocated more than Rs 194 crore for building statues of “great leaders” — the entire amount was spent.
Maintenance cost 270 crore annualy
Not only constructing memorials and statues worth thousands of crores, their maintenance too is going to cost the taxpayer dear. According to construction experts, the maintenance cost of such memorials is almost 10% of the actual cost. That way, the memorials, which are touching a figure of almost Rs 2,700 crore, may require at least Rs 270 crore annually for their maintenance.
Some people argue that if we compare this with the funds for maintenance of seven general hospitals, nine Community Health Centres (CHCs) and 26 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in the state capital – their combined maintenance cost is at around Rs 15 lakh annually. Likewise, the 13 government secondary schools receive an annual grant for maintenance on demand, the figures of which may range between Rs 20,000 and Rs 1 lakh per annum.

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