IAS officers transferred in Yogi Adityanath government's 1st reshuffle

Farmers

Sharma was speaking after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath chaired the second cabinet meeting earlier in the day.

The Cabinet also approved the purchase of one lakh metric tonnes of potato from farmers at Rs 487 per quintal under a market intervention scheme.

The UP minister also claimed that outstanding dues of the cane farmers for the sowing seasons 2014-15 and 2015-16 have been already been paid. The state government has chose to waive surcharge of electricity dues.

He said district magistrates were asked to set up procurement centres wherever needed.

To tackle the gruelling summers, the CM ordered that an 18-hour power supply be provided in villages, 20 hours at tehsil level and in Bundelkhand region, and 24 hours in district headquarters.

Sharma also said that for cane growers, the Yogi Adityanth Cabinet has chose to ensure payment of their current dues within 14 days and old dues within 120 days. The decision was announced by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and state's Power Minister Shrikant Sharma, who was addressing a press conference in Lucknow.

The chief minister directed the officials to ensure uninterrupted supply to the villages from 6 in the evening to 6 in the morning so as to help the students prepare for exams. And also ensure that defective or burnt transformers are replaced soon so that agriculture is not disrupted.

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal for 24-hour power supply in cities and 18 hours in villages in the state. Now, it will be implemented on the ground. "The government is working for providing 24-hour power supply by October 2018", he said. Transformers must be replaced within 24 hours in urban areas. It was also decided that farmers, who owe electricity bills over Rs 10,000 to the power department, can pay in four installments.

Announcing a one-time settlement scheme, Sharma said it was made a decision to waive off the electricity surcharge on domestic connection and take only principal amount of the bill.

It also made a decision to ensure that transformers were changed in 48-hours, instead of 72 hours, in rural areas and within 24 hours in the urban areas.

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