Yogi Adityanath's second cabinet meet orders 18-hour power supply in villages
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held his second cabinet meeting on Tuesday and this time he focused on "power" delivery to villages and cities in UP.
The chief minister directed the power department to ensure that defective or burnt transformers are replaced expeditiously in rural areas so that agricultural operations do not suffer, he said.
In addition to today's power-supply order, Adityanath has directed officials to ensure uninterrupted supply to villages from 6pm to 6am so that students preparing for exams are not disturbed.
Yogi Adityanath-led UP government is likely to approve the proposed plan for 24-hour power supply through an agreement with the Centre. He delayed the meeting to be able to announce a waiver of loans for UP's small and marginal farmers as promised by his party the BJP.
The second meeting of the Yogi Cabinet was held nearly a week after the newly-appointed Uttar Pradesh government gave its approval on the farm loan waiver scheme and chose to procure almost entire wheat produce of farmers at the minimum support price (MSP) this season. This time there is bumper potato crop forcing farmers to sell their produce for peanuts.
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In an effort to end the miseries of potato growers in Uttar Pradesh, the state government today made a decision to purchase one lakh metric tonnes of potato from farmers at Rs 487 per quintal.
Reports said that the Cabinet has approved a proposal for the allotment of Rs 4,000 crore to make around 18,000 km of state roads pothole-free.
As per new decision, the electricity department would have to replace non-working transformers within 48 hours, instead of the previous deadline of 72 hours.
The meeting was called to take vital decisions which according to its minister are people oriented and for welfare of the common man. Announcing a one-time settlement scheme, the power minister said the government would waive off surcharge on domestic connections and take only the principal amount of the bill.
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