The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to provide interim compensation to victims of mob lynching and acid attack and has also announced the paddy purchase policy for the Kharif season.
These decisions were taken at a state Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here on Tuesday.
State government spokesperson Sidharth Nath Singh said the decision to provide interim compensation was taken in view of a verdict of the Supreme Court.
“The government has allowed an interim compensation of 25 per cent of the total ex gratia on the recommendation of district magistrate after a preliminary probe,” Singh said, adding that the compensation had been categorised for each crime.
In another decision, the government announced a policy to purchase paddy from farmers during Kharif season and fixed a purchase target of 50 lakh metric tonne.
“The price of the common variety has been fixed at Rs 1,815 per quintal and of Grade A category at Rs 1,835 per quintal. In addition, farmers will get Rs 20 per quintal as transportation and cleaning cost,” he said.
Singh said that paddy purchase would commence in Lucknow region and some other western districts from October 1 and continue till January 31, 2020, while in rest of the districts, it would start from November 1 and end on February 29.
“In order to prevent involvement of middlemen in the purchase, anyone selling more than 100 quintals of paddy will have to provide an additional proof. Like previous years, payment of paddy will be made online within 72 hours,” the government spokesman said.
Singh added that this time farmers involved in contract farming would also be allowed to sell paddy at purchase centres.
In another important decision, the government approved a proposal to amend UP Agriculture Services Rule, changing qualification for the appointment of technical assistants in Agriculture department.
Singh said that earlier only BSc (Agriculture) graduates were eligible for appointment but now BSc (Horticulture), BSc (Forestry), BSc (Agriculture Engineering) and BSc (Community Science) graduates would be allowed to apply for this category.
The Cabinet also approved a proposal to take guarantee for cash credit of Rs 3,221.63 crore for 23 sugar mills under co-operative sector in the state that would commence crushing by next month. The government would have to pay Rs 8.05 crore to co-operative banks as guarantee and the co-operative banks would lend cash to these sugar mills.
The government also approved compounding tax system for khandsari units for the next three years, till 2022. Even after increase in compounding tax, the government would have to bear financial loss of Rs 49.01 crore during the next three years.
The Yogi Adityanath government also amended rules for transportation of potable and non-potable alcohol in the state.
Principal Secretary (Excise) Sanjay Bhoosreddy said that stringent laws were made for transportation of liquor and ethanol to prevent any irregularities.
“Now permission will be given online and all vehicles involved in the potable and non-potable alcohol will be GPS-fitted. There will be no break in journey of these vehicles at any cost,” he said.
The government has given 2.347 hectare land free of cost in Dibiyapur (Auraiya) for the construction of a bus station which would be completed in the next year-and-half at a cost of Rs 4 crore.
In another decision, the government approved to provide 59.79 hectares of gram sabha land and 29.36 hectare of government land free of cost to Civil Aviation department for construction of an international airport at Jewar in Gautam Buddha Nagar district.