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Yogi Govt to purchase potatoes from ryots to avoid distress sale

Yogi Govt to purchase potatoes from ryots to avoid distress sale”

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal for 24-hour power supply in cities and 18 hours in villages in the state. The decision was taken in the second Cabinet meeting chaired by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath earlier today (11 April).

"It was the order of the Chief Minister that all Shaktipeeths are supplied 24-hour power during Navratris and we have been successful in it.Examinations are on and students should get power during the night so that they do not have to suffer", Sharma said.

The Chief Minister has directed officials to ensure that there is uninterrupted supply to villages from 6 in the evening to 6 in the morning to ensure that students preparing for exams are not disturbed.

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Sharma said though the SP government too had announced to provide 18-hour power to rural areas, it failed to implement it on the ground.

It was also decided that all works with over Rs 10 crore expenditure so far would be investigated.

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In the first phase, Agriculture department will purchase one lakh tonnes of potatoes at a price of Rs487 per quintal. 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. "Even if we can not give them profit, we will ensure they do not incur loss", Sharma said.

"Government aims at giving adequate price to potato growers".

The government has also instructed sugar mills to pay the old dues of the sugarcane farmers within four months. The Yogi government also gave nod to making roads across the state pothole-free by June 15, Siddharthnath Singh said and added that the government has sanctioned Rs 4,502 crore for making 85,943 km of roads identified to be made pothole-free.

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