Lucknow: After successfully providing uninterrupted 24-hour power supply at all the ‘shaktipeeths’ during Navratri and Rama Navami, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath approved the proposal ‘power for all’ on Tuesday which provides 24 hours electricity to all in the state from October 2018 onwards. This will ensure 18 hours of electricity to villages and 20 hours of electricity to religious places across the state. After the three-hour-long meeting, Power Minister Shrikant Sharma said, “the ambitious ‘Power for All’ pact will be signed by Adityanath and Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal here on April 14 to meet the Centre’s target of making the state energy efficient by 2018 and help in ensuring power in all UP villages before 2019.”
The chief minister also directed the power department to ensure that defective or burnt transformers should be replaced in rural areas so that agricultural operations do not suffer.
Not only this, farmers who are having unpaid bills of over Rs 10,000 can now make the payment in four instalments. Their worries regarding potato purchase were also solved by the cabinet which decided to buy 1 lakh metric tonnes of potato at Rs 487 per quintal. “Government aims at giving adequate price to potato growers. If we cannot give them profit, we want to give them price of their produce,” Sharma said.
Moreover, the cabinet also sought out the problem of cane growers and came to a conclusion that payment of their current cane dues will be done within 14 days and old dues within 120 days. In case sugar mills fail to clear their payments, legal action will be taken against them.