Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ gets another boost as the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has given its nod to digitalize land maps of 70 districts. State power minister Shrikant Sharma told PTI that land maps were in very bad condition and needed proper preservation. The UP cabinet in the meeting which was chaired by CM Yogi Adityanath approved the digitisation plan of the land maps, said Sharma said as per PTI report. He added, a fund of Rs 5.21 crore has been passed by the government for the work and the maps will be available online and it will help check malpractices in the property market in a big way. The minister also told PTI that this step will be a great help to the farmers and others in the state. The cabinet has also decided on one-time settlement of non-performing loans of farmers with cooperative banks, state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said.
Earlier on September 19, during an interview with Dainik Bhaskar, the UP CM said, “Farmers of UP are so self-reliant that they paid the loan all by themselves.” Notably, in its first budget presented in July, the Adityanath government had made a special provision of Rs 36,000 crore to honour BJP’s poll promise of granting the farm-loan waiver. “We have been able to mobilise the funds simply by plugging the leakages. The money that used to be siphoned off while the state was ruled by Congress, SP and BSP, we are putting to use for the welfare of farmers,” he said.
Meanwhile, on September 6, the Uttar Pradesh CM took a dig at the opposition for criticising his government over the farm loan-waiver scheme. He alleged that rival parties had “embezzled” funds when in power, but his government is utilising the same for benefiting debt-ridden farmers. As per PTI, he said, “By bringing to an end their sins, we have been able to raise Rs 36,000 crore.”