AMN / LUCKNOW /
In the first Cabinet meet Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh waived off farm loans upto Rs 1 lakh. The decision will benefit nearly 2 crore 15 lakh farmers across the state.
The decision ieen as the fulfillment of BJP’s poll promise to waive of farm loans if it comes to power in the state.
This was a key election promise made by the BJP. The new cabinet also discussed electricity for rural areas and issued new guidelines for slaughterhouses.
The state government has decided to waive Rs. 30,729 crore in farm loans and Rs. 5,630 in non-performing assets. The total amount waived-off, UP Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said, is Rs. 36,359 crore. Farmers will also be paid for harvests to their bank accounts, via Aadhaar.
The Cabinet also agreed that anti-Romeo squads, who are meant to target men who harass women, are doing great work. However, it directed the police not to harass couples who are sitting in public places. They would be subject to action if found guilty, the government said.
The UP cabinet agreed that all illegal slaughterhouses will be shut, in adherence to norms set by the Supreme Court and National Green Tribunal. Mr Singh said that as per the government’s information, 26 illegal slaughterhouses have been shut across the state.
The BJP had in its poll manifesto or Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra for Uttar Pradesh promised to write off loans taken by small and marginal farmers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had, while campaigning in UP, said this would be announced in the very first cabinet meeting if the BJP formed government in UP.
Government has also approved the proposal of construction of a multi-facility stadium at Ghazipur and 5 crore rupees will be spent on the project. Cabinet has approved the proposal to provide land free of cost for the stadium project.
Proposals for banning illegal slaughter houses and purchase of wheat have also been accepted in the cabinet.
Talking to media persons after cabinet meeting, Power Minister Srikant Sharma said that cabinet has decided to purchase 80 lakhs metric tons wheat during the current season and 5000 purchase centers will be opened for the purpose. He said that cabinet has also approved the setting up of anti -Romeo squad to protect girls and women.
Most of the Ministers including Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dr. Dinesh Sharma, Surya Prakash Shahi, Rajesh Agrawal, Srikant Sharma, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Brajesh Pathak were present in the first cabinet meeting of BJP government.
Adityanath Yogi Cabinet in its first meeting took nine decisions. It includes waving off of agro loans of small and marginalized farmers, setting up of three separate committees of Ministers on formulation of new Industrial policy, to check illegal mining and to protect the interests of potato growing farmers.
Two Committees of potato farmers and illegal mining will be headed by the Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Committee for formulation of new industry policy will be headed by the Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Dinesh Sharma. Government has said that to attract investors and increase avenues for employment a new industrial policy is needed.
This committee will visit to different states to study the industrial policies of industrialized states and submit its report to the government. Government has waved off over 36 thousand 350 crore rupees of farmers agro loan and amounts turned into non performing assets.
86 lakhs small and marginalized famers of the state will be benefitted with today`s decision of state cabinet. Above 36 crore rupees of financial burden will be on the public exchequer to meet out the decision ofwaving off the agro loans. BJP had promised in its Sankalp Patra released during assembly polls for waving off farmers agro loans.