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NCP protests discontinuance of public hearings

LUCKNOW, APRIL 11. The Nationalist Communist Party (NCP) today held a demonstration to protest the Uttar Pradesh government's decision to discontinue public hearing days at police station and tehsil levels.

Party members demonstrated against the decision in front of the Vidhan Bhawan here and handed over a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav, through the District Magistrate.

NCP MLA and national general secretary Kaushal Kishore told reporters the public hearings at tehsil and police station levels on a weekly basis helped the common man convey his plight to top district administration officials without the involvement of `red tape'. ``The decision of the CM to end such public hearings soon after he took over reins has made the district officials fearless...this has also resulted in utter disregard towards problems of the common man,'' he added.

The Malihabad MLA claimed the presence of senior officials during such meetings -- usually held on every Tuesday and Saturday -- used to help in early disposal of cases. ``But now the lower rung officials demand bribe for even petty cases,'' he alleged.

The party leader alleged the decision to end such hearings had also contributed in the emerging law and order crisis in UP. -- UNI

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