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  1. Farmers first! Yogi Adityanath Cabinet reveals its priority with nine decisions on Ram Navami: All you need to know

Farmers first! Yogi Adityanath Cabinet reveals its priority with nine decisions on Ram Navami: All you need to know

The first Cabinet meeting of Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh took place today.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: April 5, 2017 4:03 PM
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has kept the promise made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to people of the state during the recently concluded election. In the first Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Yogi Cabinet cleared the proposal to waive loans of small and marginalised farmers. This is the biggest farm loan waiver scheme announced by a state government. It also shows that farmers’ interest is the priority of Yogi government and this may prove to be a political game changer in India where most of the rural population is dependent on farming. During the UPA government, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had waived loans worth Rs 60,000 of farmers across the country.

The meeting of Yogi Adityanath Cabinet was called after over two weeks of the formation of the BJP government in the state. In several rallies during the campaign, PM Modi had promised that the BJP government, if voted to power, would waive the loan of all small and marginalised farmers of the state in the very first meeting of the Cabinet. When there was no announcement in this regard in the last 10-15 days, many opposition leaders had accused the BJP of not fulfilling the poll promise. However, BJP leaders had said the Cabinet meeting was delayed because the government was preparing a proper plan for implementing the loan waiver scheme.

Here are all the key decisions taken by the Yogi Cabinet on Tuesday:

Farm loan waiver for small and marginalised farmers

Loans worth Rs 30,729 crore of 2.15 crore small and marginalised farmers, who had taken a crop loan up to Rs 1 lakh each, have been waived off. An additional Rs 5630 crore has been given to write-off NPA of 7 lakh farmers of the state. Thus the total amount declared for the farm loan waiver scheme is Rs 36,359 crore loan.”

There are around 2.3 crore farmers in the state. Out of them, nearly 92.5% (2.15 crore) are small and marginalised farmers. Farmers owning less than 5-acre land have been considered as small farmers, while those having less that 2.5 acre land have been considered as marginalised farmers.

To balance the fiscal deficit, a “Kisan Rahat Bond” will be introduced for raising money to fund the farm loan waiver scheme. While announcing the benefits for farmers, UP minister Siddharth Nath Singh said that Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management
(FRBM) Act mandated that no state can allow its fiscal deficit to grow beyond three per cent of its GDP. Hence, Kisan Rahat Bonds would be introduced.

Further ways to raise funds for the scheme would be announced by the Yogi government soon. The UP government plans to implement the scheme in this financial year itself and an announcement in this regard would be made during the upcoming state Budget.

Problems of potato growers

Potato farmers face hardship in the case of bumper crops. The Yogi Cabinet has decided to set up a three-member committe headed by
Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya to see how the potato farmers can get adequate remuneration for their produce.

Wheat procurement

Yogi government has fixed a target of procuring 80 lakh metric tonnes of wheat produce from farmers. In the first stage itself, the government will procure 40 lakh metric tonne of wheat.

5000 wheat procurement centres in the state, to be monitored by the agriculture ministers, will be set up. All district officials have been asked to set up new centres for crop procurement as per demand.

Along with the MSP, each farmer will get Rs 10/kg MSP extra. Besides, the money will be transferred to farmers’ accounts directly.

Industrialisation

For investment and setting up of industries to stop the migration of UP youth, a new Industrial policy will be prepared. The CM has formed a five-member Group of Ministers (GoM) committee of ministers, who will visit several states and learn nuances of industrial policies and implement a good one in UP through a single window. Led by Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma, the GoM will visit states like Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Sports Complex

UP government will set up a sports complex in Ghazipur.

On illegal slaughterhouses

The Cabinet decided to implement laws against illegal abattoirs strictly. No illegal slaughter houses will be allowed. The government will follow Supreme Court and NGT guidelines. UP minister Srikant Sharma said that 26 illegal abattoirs have been sealed by the authorities. He said that all abattoirs who have applied for renewal of licenses would be considered and their licenses would be renewed.

Illegal mining

The Cabinet has decided to constitute a group of ministers. The GoM headed by Maurya will give its report in a week.

Anti-Romeo Squads

The Cabinet approved the proposal to set up and run anti-Romeo squads in all parts of the state. Sharma said they were doing a good job and praised by people across the state. He added that the squads are properly briefed by officials before they go on field.

Thank You note to PM Modi

UP Cabinet will send a Thank You note to PM Modi for giving Constitutional recognition to National Backward Class Commission.

(The article was updated on April 5, 2017. Cabinet decisions were announced on April 4, 2017)

 

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