1. Farmers first for Yogi Adityanath: UP Cabinet gives big relief to sugarcane, potato farmers — Top decisions

Farmers first for Yogi Adityanath: UP Cabinet gives big relief to sugarcane, potato farmers — Top decisions

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called the second meeting of his Cabinet ministers in Lucknow today.

By: | Noida | Updated: April 11, 2017 3:37 PM
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Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, called the second meeting of his Cabinet ministers in Lucknow today. The Cabinet members discussed a range of issues and took several important decisions. The second meeting of the Yogi Cabinet took place days after the newly-appointed Uttar Pradesh government gave its approval on the farm loan waiver scheme and decided to procure almost entire wheat produce of farmers at the minimum support price (MSP) this season. The farm loan waiver scheme will benefit around 2.15 crore small and marginalised farmers in Uttar Pradesh.

  • In the meeting, the Yogi Cabinet decided to buy the potato produce of farmers at the rate of Rs 487 per quintal. The potato procurement would start immediately. The government will buy one lakh metric tonnes of potato from the farmers.
  • For sugarcane farmers, the government has directed sugar mills to pay the farmers’ old dues within 120 days. The current dues are to be paid within 14 days or the government would take action against the mill owners.
  • Among other decisions, the Yogi Cabinet approved the proposal to have an electricity deal with the Centre. As per the new decision, the electricity department would have to replace non-working transformers within 48 hours, instead of the previous deadline of 72 hours. In urban areas, transformers would be replaced in 24 hours.
  • Talking to reporters after the Cabinet meet, UP minister Srikant Sharma said his government would provide 18 hours electricity in rural areas, 20 hours in tehsils and 24 hours in all cities.
  • For farmers owing electricity bills over Rs 10,000 to the power department, the Yogi Cabinet has allowed them to do so in four instalments. The government would also waive-off surcharge of electricity dues. To provide electricity to all residents of the state, the UP government sign a deal with the Centre on April 14.

  • Earlier, reports said that the Yogi Cabinet also approved a proposal to allot Rs 4000 crore for making the roads of the state pothole-free. The money will be used for around 18,000 km of road in the state. Soon after becoming the CM, Yogi had directed the PWD department to make roads of the state pothole-free by June 15 this year.

Union power minister Piyush Goyal and the state government have set a deadline of September 25, 2018 to ensure 24×7 supply of electricity to every household of the state. The UP CM today also directed the Uttar Pradesh police to launch a probe into alleged land grab case and former DGP Jagmohan.

On Monday, Yogi met his Uttarakhand counterpart Trivendra Singh Rawat to sort out matters pending for long between the two states in a time-bound manner through mutual agreement. Both leaders met at Yogi’s residence in Lucknow. The contentious matters concerning Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand include sharing of power produced by the Tehri dam project, distribution of assets pertaining to the irrigation department including residential and non-residential buildings, land in disuse including in Haridwar Kumbh area, Jamrani dam and several others in which the two states have a stake, were discussed.

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    dev choudhary
    Apr 15, 2017 at 11:45 am
    where is the government center of buying potato , can you tell me but this rate is very low and maximum rate 900 RS par quintal
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      Anurag Parashar
      Apr 11, 2017 at 7:50 pm
      Dear Cheif Minister Shab, Do you know that what is the actual costing to growing the 1 quintal. its a 600 rs and cold storage charges is 240 rs per quintal so what calculation you have done for buying the patato. its not fair for farmers and i request to check ground reality about the pricing. You should buy potato as price of min 900 per quintal.
      1. N
        Apr 11, 2017 at 1:25 pm
        Even if the roads were to be repaired before monsoon at the end of monsoon the picture may be same with just the changed site of pot s. The pot s are instrinsic to Indian roads because the way they are constructed. The ballast is levelled with plain mud and then the tar and small stone (0.75 inch) mixture is paved onto it. Water gets to the mud in between ballast and mud is washed away. The base now becomes weak and the road starts coming apart with pot s in it. The ballast should only be levelled with gravel and cement. Only then can the base of the road will hold and the roads can be expected to be pot s free. The road may break at places but there wouldn't any pot s.

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