Rs 447 Crores allotted for tallest idol of Ram, while 25000 home guards lose job in India’s UP state

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Lucknow — The Yogi government of north-Indian state of Uttar Pradesh allotted 447.46 crores Rupees to build the world’s tallest idol of Hindu deity Ram, while more than 25,000 home guards are fired and over 90,000 home guards are on the verge of losing jobs due to huge financial crisis.

The amount has been announced for the acquisition of 61 hectares of land in Ayodhya in addition to the earlier announcement of 200 crore Rupees for carrying out technical studies for building the 251 metres high statue, Logical Indian newsagency reported.

It stated that the state government had announced in 2017 that it would construct a Ram statue in Ayodhya as part of the “Navya Ayodhya” scheme of the UP Tourism Department to develop the area into a tourist centre.

“Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath decided for more surveys and research to be conducted for the creation of 28 development regions in Uttar Pradesh. His government has already approved two development regions in Sonbhadra,” report says.

“A proposal for the beautification of Ayodhya and boosting tourism has been approved by the UP Cabinet. A digital museum based on Lord Ram, a food plaza, landscaping and a statue of Lord Ram will come up in the town. The Cabinet approved Rs 447.46 crore to acquire 61.3807-hectare land in Meerpur village of Sadar tehsil of Ayodhya,” said cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma.

“This project is being modelled on the Sardar Patel statue project in Gujarat,” Sharma added.