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Governor praises UP govt for controlling Covid and action against criminals

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel on Thursday praised the Yogi Adityanath government for controlling the spread of coronavirus in the state and taking strict actions against the mafias and criminals.

The government has accomplished the successful inauguration of the construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while a grand tableau of UP title Ayodhya: Cultural heritage of Uttar Pradesh” on the occasion of Republic Day was awarded the first place in the country, she said.

Addressing the joint session of the state legislature on the opening day of the Budget session, the Governor said that besides effectively controlling the spread of the virus, the government also brought back around 4 million migrants stranded in other states amid the pandemic. Sugar mills operated despite the situation prevailing due to the pandemic in the state, she said.

The Governor said that the Covid testing went up to 2 lakh per day from zero by setting up 229 laboratories in the public and private sector while 1.5 lakh beds were arranged for the patients.

As many as 1019 criminal and mafias have been arrested and several others have surrendered in the courts and their illegal property worth over Rs 1000 crores have been seized or demolished. Arm licences of the mafias have been cancelled and action for seizing and demolishing illegal properties has also been carried out, she said.

Praising the government’s zero tolerance policy against crime and criminals, she said efforts made for security of women in 2020, there is a decline of 7.96 per cent in dowry deaths, 18.93 per cent in rapes, 20.02 per cent in molestation, 26.47 per cent in kidnapping and 13.41 per cent in domestic violence against women has been registered.

The state has emerged as an export hub, and stressed that the power department played an important role in achieving this.

In the investment front, the government had already started projects worth over Rs 3 lakh crore out of the total investment of Rs 4.68 lakh crores. During the Corona pandemic, the state received 56 new projects worth over Rs 45,000 crores from private investors.

Government under Pradanmantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojgna has transferred Rs 27,134 crores to 240 lakh farmers through DBT. In May ,2020, locust swarm coming from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan had attacked Uttar Pradesh but due to the efforts of the state government and with the active support of the farmers, the attack was foiled and there was no harm on the agriculture field.

In her 37 page address, the Governor said the state government had made all the activities outside the Mandi campus free from any licience and the Mandi tax was waived which paved way for the farmers to sell their produce to anyone and anywhere. During the Corona pandemic , the government delisted 45 agriculture items and waived Mandi tax from these products.

The government is setting up centre of excellence in Agriculture universities. In the sector of agriculture development, a new Agriculture college is being set up in Gonda while the existing Agriculture colleges at Lakhimpur Kheri and Azamgarh have been made functional.

For development of agriculture research, 20 new Agriculture science centres have been sanctioned in which 15 centres have started functioning.

In order to provide loan and agriculture investment, the cooperative sector plays an important role. In the state 8496 cooperative societies under its cooperative distribution centres were providing fertilizer and certified seeds. In 2020-21, Kharif campaign 2020, against fertilizer distribution target of 12.90 lakh metric tonne, the cooperative societies distributed 18.38 lakh metric tonnes.

Rabi marketing year 2020-21, which faced severe Covid 19 pandemic, still has set up 5896 purchase centres which purchased 35.76 lakh metric tonnes of wheat was purchased from 6.63 lakh farmer who were paid Rs 6,885.16 crore for their produce. In Kharif year 2019-20 , against the target of 50 lakh metric tonne, the government purchased a record 56.57 lakh paddy. In Kharif marketing year 2020-21, it was ensured that the purchase centres would function till any farmers can bring their wheat or paddy to the purchase centres. Till now, record 65.5 lakh metric tonne of paddy has been purchased.

Under the Antodaya Yojgna, each of the registered card holders have provided 35 kilograms of foodgrains and other family ration cards are being given 5 kilograms of foodgrains per unit. Under this scheme 4 crore families have been benefited. Central government scheme of ‘One Nation, One Card’ policy, in the state national portability facility have been enforced from May ,2020.

Sugar industry, is an important agriculture based industry in the state and around 45 lakh sugarcane farmers family are based on this industry. UP topped for the third time in the country on production of Sugarcane and sugar production. In the crushing season 2019-20, the total area of the sugarcane was 26.79 lakh hectares in which the sugar production was 126.37 lakh metric tonne. My government till now has paid about Rs 1,23,000 crore as sugar cane dues to the farmers in which 45.44 lakh cane farmers were benefited.

Under the new online Khandasari licensing policy, the government has issued licence to 264 new Khandsari units in the state in which 168 units are functional. During the covid pandemic , not a single sugar mills had closed. With the support of the farmers, crushing of sugar cane continued during the pandemic and there was no loss of sugarcane production. No farmers was also infected with Corona in any sugar mills.

In the sector of Milk production, Uttar Pradesh was on the first spot. To create a healthy competition among the milk producers and to promote the better facilities for the milking animal, the government has launched Gokul Awards for effort to increase the production of milk and Nandbaba Awards for production of maximum milk from Desi animal.

In order to improve the breed of the animals in the state, the state reproductive policy 2018 is being implemented. The government has given a fund of Rs 520.36 lakh to counter the foot and mouth disease of the animal in which 445.07 lakh animals are being given vaccination to prevent this disease. The government has set up a target to construct 187 cow shelter homes/ centre in which 118 centres have been constructed so far.

Under the chief minister Nirkristh/ Besahara gauvansh sahbhagita yojgna, over 74,000 animals have been handed over to the gaupalaks. In the state 5206 Ashray sthal were housing 5.58 lakh guavansh .

Using the maximum available water resources and producing maximum fishes, the government ‘s priority was to improve the economic and social status of the fishermen. In 2019-20, the state produced 6.9 lakh metric tonnes of fish which was a record. In the next financial year, 3000 hectares of ponds of village panchayats would be given on lease for 10 years and has fixed a target to distribute 300 crore fish seeds.

Apart from this, 02 lakh fishersmen of the state will be covered by free premium of Machua accident insurance policy.

Integrated Horticulture Development Mission is being be implemented for the development of horticulture in the state.

Farmers are being encouraged to cultivate cash crops like potato and banana. At state centers pratical training and skill improvement programmes were being conducted for betel cultivation, mushroom production and bee keeping.

Given the immense potential to the food processing sector, Uttar Pradesh Food Processing Policy- 2017 has been implemented. Local employment has been promoted through sericulture and several programmes are being implemented.Various schemes to be made available such as Model Chaki Kit rearing, mulberry gardens, Sericulture development, Awareness and Training and Silk Composite Plan etc. schemes are being operated.

“My government is committed to providing irrigation and other facilities to the farmers. During the past 3 years, 11 projects have been completed, in which additional irrigation facilities were provided to 21 lakh hectares in which 2.33 lakh farmers were benefited. In the current financial year, there is a target to complete 09 projects which will provide additional irrigational facilities to 16.41 lakh hectares and 40.48 lakh farmers will be benefited,” she said.

In order to provide alternative energy for irrigational facilities in place of diesel and electricity, solar pumps of different capacities are being installed under the Pradhanmantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Uthan Yojgna.

The farmers belonging to marginal/ small/ schedule caste-schedule tribe and other categories are being provided free boring for community mini green tubewell. For preserving rain water , ponds are being constructed.

Marginal and small farmers of Schedule caste under free boring scheme were being given Rs 10,000 to each beneficiary.

Mukhyamantri Krishak Durghatna Kalyan Yojgna has been implemented for accidental death and handicapped of the farmers under which Rs 5 lakh compensation is eligible. In this scheme the share croppers are also included. In 2020, flood affected districts were given Rs 113.20 crores to 3.48 lakh farmers through DBT for Agriculture investment grant. Under the Jal Jivan mission, the Piped drinking water project, to be completed by 2024, the government is committed to implement Har Ghar Jal scheme.

Under the project , the government has started the project to provide piped drinking water in the Bundelkhand and Vindya range.

In other areas of the state which are JE / AES affected slums, aspirational Districts and Scheduled Caste villages and other untouched villages, institutions have been selected through competitive bidding for construction of piped drinking water scheme Through this, competent institutions have been selected and action has been initiated to cover about 30,000 villages under the pipe drinking water scheme. These institutions will have to take care of these piped drinking water projects for next 10 years.

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