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Yogi Adityanath’s first Cabinet meeting: Farmers’ loan up to Rs 1 lakh waived off

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Lucknow, April 4: The first cabinet meeting of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government was held in Lucknow at Shastri Bhavan on Tuesday.

Fulfilling its poll promise, Yogi Adityanath led government has announced to spend around Rs 36,000 crore for farmers’ loan waive-off. 

The UP has government has announced loan waiver of up to Rs 1 lakh for small farmers.

Around 2.5 crore small and marginalised farmers of Uttar Pradesh are reeling under debt trap. With loan waiver it will bring a big relief to the financially ailing farmers.

Earlier in the day, the UP CM had announced on microblogging site, twitter, that if government school teachers were found to be indulged in private tutions to students, they would be sent to jail.

After unprecedented win in Uttar Pradesh Assembly, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was expected to announce some major decisions in lines with its poll promises.

In its election manifesto BJP had promised to waive off the loans of small and marginal farmers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too had promised during the campaigns that farmers loan waiver would be the top priority of BJP state government and the decision in farmers’ favour would be taken in the first cabinet meeting Uttar Pradesh.

However it took 15 days to hold the first cabinet meeting by the new UP government. Among other things that were dicussed in the first cabinet meeting included ordinance on slaughterhouses, wheat purchase, and construction of a stadium in Ghazipur.

Other poll promises included electricity for all communities in the state and purification of water and Ganga river.

Some sources said, changes in some schemes and some names of Akhilesh government is also expected today.

Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Sahi earlier said the government was committed to fulfilling its promise to farmers and modalities in this regard were being worked out.

Since the new government was formed on March 19, there have been informal meetings of the state cabinet ministers but no official meeting has taken place yet. Waiting 15 days for the first cabinet meeting, expectation bar is already very high for Yogi Adityanath.

Just a few days ago former  UP CM Akhilesh Yadav took Jibe on Yogi Adityanath and said his party is eagerly waiting for BJP’s first cabinet meeting.

Wefornews Bureau

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