CM Yogi Adityanath promises pothole-free roads, 24-hour power supply in second UP Cabinet meeting

It was a decision making day for the CM Yogi Adityanath-led new government.

The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet lead by CM Yogi Adityanath met on Tuesday for the second time within a week.

The meeting was called to take vital decisions which according to its minister are people oriented and for welfare of the common man.

The cabinet meeting that lasted for about three hours. The last meeting was held on April 4. It was a decision making day for the new government.

In the meeting, Bundelkhand and sugarcane farmers were also discussed.

The second cabinet meeting also spelt promise for the people of the state but it will be seen how much of the promises are implemented.

MAJOR TAKEAWAYS FROM THE MEETING:

Power for all: Adhering to BJP's manifesto the cabinet has promised abundant electricity to the state. To be implemented from April 14, all headquarters will get 24 hours power supply, tehsils to get 20 hours, villages to get 18 hours of uninterrupted electricity.

Apart from replacing transformers within a compressed 48-hour deadline, it will also sign an MoU with centre on power for all by 2018. The cabinet has also cancelled payment of surcharge on electricity and farmers with a bill of above 10,000 can pay now in four installments.

Crackdown on corruption: With the UP Cabinet approving an audit by CAG audit of development authorities troubles could mount for Akhilesh Yadav. This could include authorities of Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Kanpur, Lucknow and Yamuna Expressway.

Pothole-free roads: June 15 has been set as the timeline by the Cabinet for making the roads of one of the largest states pothole free. A stretch of 85,943 km roads is what the state government has identified that needs urgent attention.

Prevention of Encephalitis and other diseases: Cabinet has passed a note to take immediate steps for prevention of Encephalitis malaria dengue and other diseases. This includes fogging and proper inspections and increasing 10 hospital beds in hospitals.

Tackling construction material shortage: The cabinet had approved immediate measures to tackle the shortage of construction material. It has approved a short term plan for addressing shortage and e-tenders would be issued to permit mining for next six months.

Budget for border districts: Funds for development work in seven districts connected to Nepal border have been approved. The state government provides 40 per cent of the money for work at the border from water, electricity to construction of toilets. However, this had been pending for some time now.

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