UP cabinet meetings to be held in different cities

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared at an election rally that he would ensure the BJP Government in its first Cabinet meeting takes decision to waive off the farmers' loan. Last month, AP agriculture minister Prathipati Pulla Rao had said the state government had released around Rs 10,647 crore for over 35 lakh farmers under the Agriculture Debt Redemption Scheme of 2014.

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The decision was taken at the first cabinet meeting of the BJP government, presided over by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Although there is no Constitutional compulsion of convening the first Cabinet meeting within a certain period, traditionally the ruling party has held it within a week or so of forming the government.

Experts believe that whereas loans of around Rs 9,500 crore availed by farmers from cooperative banks could be taken over by the state government easily, the real challenge would be dealing with loans taken from nationalized banks. Mr Singh said that as per the government's information, 26 illegal slaughterhouses have been shut across the state.

Singh also said that there were around seven lakh farmers who had defaulted on loans and now bore the non-performing asset tag.

A senior Congress leader, meanwhile, said that given the poor fiscal health of the state, any decision about waiver would have far reaching repercussions. "These are not good signs", said Randhir Singh, a farmers' rights activist from Patiala.

Sources say the government is in the know of large-scale irregularities in the multi-crore project and wants to establish wrong-doing through a probe committee before initiating action against the corrupt. Thackeray urged BJP's Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to adopt the same approach and help the farmers in the state.

However, the farmers of Uttar Pradesh on 4 April, 2017 expressed happiness and gratitude to the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government for waiving off their loans.

In Agra, the scheme will cover almost 2 lakh farmers with loans worth almost Rs 1,200 crore being waived.

"Out of 2.30 crore farmers in the state, approximately 2.15 cr have land holdings between one and five acres".

The state has also chose to open 5,000 wheat procurement centres across the state as the state recorded a bumper wheat crop this year.

  • Zachary Reyes