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The ‘importing’ of Uma Bharati from MP may not have set the BJP’s fortunes on fire in UP, but she continues to offer rich material to the diarist

Lucknow Diary
Lucknow Diary
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Pipri, Live

A high percentage of Dalits has given Pipri, in Sitapur, two hours from Lucknow, the status of an Ambedkar village. This means the village gets priority ‘saturation’ by all ongoing central and state social welfare schemes. And so, 75 homes have been built in the past two years under the Indira Aawas Yojana, some of them have atta­ched toilets under the Total Sanitation scheme, the entire village has CC (cement-concrete) roads under the Gramin Sadak Yojana, and there is an Ambedkar Health Centre. No one in the village had received the benefits of the Savitribai Phule Aarthik Madad Yojana under which girls from BPL families who get through the 10th grade get Rs 15,000 and a free bicycle (we came acr­oss an example in another village). Make no mistake. Pipri is an exception. These benefits have been extracted only after fighting a malfunctioning...

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