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Yogi waves farm loans of Rs 36,359 crore in first cabinet meeting
04.04.17 - team pt
Yogi waves farm loans of Rs 36,359 crore in first cabinet meeting



In keeping with its poll promises, the Bharitya Janata Party-led Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday, announced its much touted farm loan waiver, estimated to benefit over 2.15 lakh small and marginal farmers in the state.
 
The Yogi Adityanath cabinet today decided to waive their crop loans up to Rs 1 lakh, totalling a staggering Rs 36,359 crore, at its very first meeting.
 
The Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi Adityanath held their maiden Cabinet meeting 15 days after Adityanath’s swearing-in ceremony following BJP’s massive victory in the state assembly polls last month. This was the first official Cabinet meeting, although several informal meetings have been held previously.
 
The Yogi Adityanath cabinet decided to float Kisan Rahat Bonds for raising Rs 36,359 crore required for waiving loans of small and marginal farmers who form 92.5 per cent of the total 2.30 lakh farmers in the state.

Addressing the press after the meeting, UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh made the announcement. He said that the cabinet has unanimously decided to waive off farm loans up to Rs One lakh for small and marginal farmers. The minister also mentioned that of the 2.30 lakh farmers in the state, roughly 92.5 percent farmers will fit the bill for the announced benefits. Moreover, the government has also decided a complete waiver of farm loans that had turned into Non performing Assets (NPA). This, he said would benefit more than seven lakh farmers and would cost the exchequer an additional Rs 5,630 crore. The loan waivers will cause an additional 36,359 crore burden on the state coffers.
 
 It is instructive to note here that the state is already reeling under a debt of  Rs 3,27,470 crore, the nation's second most indebted state, according to a RBI's state fiscal report up to 2016. The UP government, if at all plans to fulfill these announcements, it must dedicate a mammoth one-third chunk of the annual state budget to the cause.

The minister said the cabinet also decided to raise by Rs 10 per quintal the minimum support price for wheat procurement as loading and unloading charges. The MSP for wheat it Rs 1,680 per quintal.
 
Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared during election campaign that after coming to power in the state he will make sure the government takes the decision to waive off farmers’ loans in its first Cabinet meeting. In addition to this, farmers will also get Rs 10 more than minimum support price per quintal. It was also decided that at least 500 wheat buying centres will be set up, which will be monitored directly by the CM.




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Owaisi slams 'BJP's hypocrisy'; Cow is ‘mummy’ in UP, but ‘yummy’ in Northeast
01.04.17 - TEAM PT
Owaisi slams 'BJP's hypocrisy'; Cow is ‘mummy’ in UP, but ‘yummy’ in Northeast



All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has mocked the BJP for its apparently contradictory stance on cow slaughter in the Northeast.

"BJP’s hypocrisy is that in Uttar Pradesh cow is mummy but in the Northeast it’s yummy,” Owaisi was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

The comment comes in the backdrop of the BJP asserting that no cow slaughter ban would be enforced in the three northeastern states that go to the polls this year and where bovine meat is a staple.
 
Speaking about the crackdown on Saturday, he highlighted the ‘hypocrisy’ in BJP’s attitude.

"One should note that India gains Rs 26,000 crore from buffalo meat exports, out of this Uttar Pradesh gains 11,000 crore. The Government of India promotes buffalo meat exports. These kinds of contradictions are there," Owaisi told ANI.

"And one last thing, In Uttar Pradesh, cow is considered mummy (mother), while in northeast it's yummy. If this is not the BJP's hypocrisy then what is it? The BJP spreads Hindutva wherever it suits them. Elections are going to take place in three of the northeastern states, they are allowing beef because of this reason," he added.
 
This week, Nagaland BJP chief Visasolie Lhoungu told the Hindustan Times, "Ban on cow slaughter like the one in UP won't take effect in Nagaland if our party comes to power next year. The reality here is very different and our central leaders are aware of that."

Reacting to this and the Yogi Adityanath government's drive to strictly enforce Uttar Pradesh's ban on cow slaughter, Owaisi said the BJP's hypocrisy is that in Uttar Pradesh cow is revered as a mother but in the Northeast it is the animal's meat is part of the normal diet.
 
Following Adityanath's order on closing down on illegal slaughterhouses, several states, including as many as five of the BJP-ruled states have followed in for the closure of illegal abattoirs across the country.
 
Critics say that the ban on cow meat is a proxy war against many Muslims and Dalits, who form the overwhelming majority of the butcher community and consume beef.




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Modi was right, "Jo apne baap ka nahin woh kisi ka nahi ho sakta": Betrayed Mulayam slams Akhilesh
01.04.17 - TEAM PT
Modi was right,



The war within the Yadav clan is back on. Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav pulled up his son Akhilesh Yadav while addressing party supporters in Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh. While coming down heavily on Akhilesh, the SP founder said, "One who can ditch his father can never be loyal to anyone."

He was quoted as saying: "Modi ne jo kaha kya galat kaha? Jo apne baap ka nahi huwa, wo kisi ka nahi ho sakta. (What did Modi say that was wrong? Those who can't be with their father, can't be with anyone.)"
 
The 77-year-old leader said he never felt as insulted in his life as he did during the five years of Akhilesh’s term as CM.

‘I allowed Akhilesh to become chief minister when no father allows his son to become chief minister during his life time. He (Akhilesh) continued insulting me for five years and talked to me only for five minutes,” he said.
 
Mulayam further said that Akhilesh doesn't pay him the due respect. "When he (Akhilesh) doesn't respect his father (Mulayam), how will people respect him?" Mulayam asked.
 
Endorsing the PM's views, Mulayam said, " Ye sahi hai ki jo baap ka nahin hua, wo kisi ka nahin ho sakta. "

In Mainpuri to inaugurate a hotel, the former Union defence minister claimed that it was this statement of Modi that affected the voters and led to the massive defeat of the Samajwadi Party. "But I did not say anything to anyone as my own blood was out against me," the three-time Uttar Pradesh chief minister added and lamented that it was a tragedy that his son joined hands with the Congress, a party which led "murderous attacks" on him not once but thrice.
 
Earlier, the bonhomie between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mulayam at UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's swearing-in ceremony set tongues wagging. Modi and Mulayam shared a few words and almost everyone wanted to know what they had said to each other.
 
 

Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav were engaged in a bitter political war both within the party and the family. After Mulayam Singh made his brother Shivpal Yadav the UP unit chief of the Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh revolted and sacked his uncle from the government.

In what followed, two obvious camps were formed in the party with Akhilesh and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Gopal Yadav shooting down every move of the other side led by Mulayam Singh and Shivpal Yadav.

At one point of time, Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav were expelled by Mulayam-Shivpal camp. Akhilesh camp responded by convening the national convention of the party and removing Mulayam Singh Yadav as the Samajwadi President.

Akhilesh was elected as the Samajwadi Party president making it clear that the founder had lost control over his own political outfit.

The tussle between Akhilesh and Mulayam Singh went to the Election Commission. The poll panel recognised the Akhilesh faction and allowed it to use the official election symbol - cycle - of the Samajwadi Party in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.




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