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.
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- 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.