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Padmavati row | Postpone movie release, it may create law and order situation, CM Yogi to Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has requested the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to defer release of controversial Bollywood movie Padmavati on December 1 as it could vitiate the law and order situation in the state due to result declaration of local bodies polls and Barawafat.In a letter to the I & B Ministry and a copy to the CBFC, the Principal Secretary Home Arvind Kumar said that intelligence reports suggest that public anger was brewing over the distorted historical facts shown in the movie. “A few organization have already threatened to oppose the release of the film which may vitiate the law and order situation in the state,” pointed Kumar.Earlier, Yogi Adityanath government had assured security cover on the release of Padmavati in UP. But after the intelligence input, demand from party MP, MLA’s to ban the film in the state and fear of widespread protest, the state government changed its mind.The Principal Secretary Home said that it would be very difficult for the state to provide security cover for the release of the film as forces would be deployed to ensure peaceful counting votes for local bodies polls and passing of Barawafat. The controversial film is to be released on December 1 coinciding with counting votes in Uttar Pradesh followed by Barawafat.Arvind Kumar requested the I&B Ministry to apprise the censor board about these issues before giving certification to the film and allowing its release on December 1.“Movies based on facts with positive script motivate and influence the society to move on the right path. But movies with distorted historical facts, exaggeration, false and fictional scripts create vicious atmosphere in the nation and society. It develops social hatred and generate serious challenges for law and order,” he said .Kumar cited past incidents to prove state governments point. “There have been incidents which led to anarchy and threw law and order out of gear due to such movies,” he added.The Principal Secretary Home said that different social, cultural and other organizations have already staged protests against the launch of movie’s trailer on October 9 showing Ghoomar dance by Rani Padmavati and her love affair with Allauddin Khilji which are not mentioned in any history books. These organizations have demanded ban on the movie and warned large-scale violence if the movie was released in the same form, he added.“Following threat of widespread violent protest and in view of our prior commitments due to counting of votes and Barawafat, it is not in the interest of public interest to release the film on December 1 as it would be very difficult for the state to maintain law and order and establish peace,” pointed Kumar.

‘Cruel joke’: UP farmer receives loan waiver of one paisa, accuses govt of corruption

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A farmer in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura has received a waiver of one paisa on Rs. 1,55,000 loan amount, in the aftermath of the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government announcing waivers on loans up to Rs 1 lakh.Chhiddi, a marginal farmer of the Govardhan Tehsil in the Mathura district said that the government has played a cruel joke on them and the entire loan amount should be waived.He further said that the state government is making fun of the farmers and added that he doesn’t know whether this 1 paisa waiver is a mistake by the bank or a reality.Chhiddi’s son Banwari Sharma accused the government and its officers of ‘corruption’.He said that ‘these people’ will not release the money till they receive kickbacks. “They are trying to fool us,” he added.When asked about the incident, the Mathura District Magistrate (DM), Ravinder Kumar, said that such an error could be due to some “technical glitches” in the system.”We have received information about Chhiddi’s case. An inquiry will be made in this. Anyone found responsible will be held,” Kumar added.In a similar incident, farmers in the Etawah district received waivers worth 19 paise and 50 paise.”The government waived only 19 paise. I have spent a lot till now, have visited a number of officials, but it’s sad that I have only received 19 paise of relief,” said a farmer Ishwar Dayal.He said that the village is laughing at them and that they don’t know who is gaining, “but we are certainly not gaining anything.””We are very sad with this. It would have been better had they not given anything,” another farmer said.Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh government had promised to waived off Rs. 30,729 crore worth loan amount of the small and marginal farmers of the state.The decision was proposed to be benefit 2 crore 15 lakh farmers of the state.Along with this, the government had also decided to forego Non-Performing Assets (NPA) worth Rs. 5,630 crore of 8,00,000 farmers.

Six months in office, Yogi releases White Paper on previous govts’ misrule

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the eve of completion of six months in office, Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh on Monday released a White Paper, exposing the ‘mismanagement’ of erstwhile SP, BSP governments (2003-2017) that had emptied the state’s coffers and brought development to a standstill.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the White Papers contain details exposing poor governance by the erstwhile Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati and Akilhesh Yadav governments.”Only 3 per cent of their budgets were spent on development works; the rest was splurged on non-productive schemes which stunted UP’s growth. The state’s debts increased by 2.5 times in the last 10 years,” charged Adityanath.”Most of the Public Sector Units (PSUs) have been closed during their regimes after incurring a total loss of over 91,000 crore to the state exchequer. Due to rampant corruption, majority of the welfare schemes failed to reach to the people of state,” alleged the CM.”Worst was that Rs 9,000 crore, meant for welfare of the members of minority community, remained unutilised and lapsed. Minorities were used only as vote-bank, and financial indiscipline was at its nadir,” he said.Adityanath said his government has tried very hard to bring the economy back on track during the past six months. “We will release report card of our six months rule in a day or two before the people to judge between our good governance and bad governance of the previous regimes,” he said.The CM claimed that his government was sticking to party’s Sankalp Patra agenda of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ for an overall development of Uttar Pradesh. “The results are there for everyone to see. We have made a mark and difference in all sectors,” he said.Observers, however, opine that by releasing White Paper, the CM has sought to buy time as his government has very little to showcase as its achievements in the last six months.

Ahead of Bakrid, CM Yogi Aditynath issues advisory for movement of sacrificial animals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of Bakrid, the Uttar Pradesh government has issued an advisory directing all district police chiefs to ensure no restrictions on the movement of sacrificial animal and carrying its meat by members of the minority community.However, the ban on the movement of cows and its meat would be continued as per earlier order of the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government.Since majority of abattoirs in Uttar Pradesh remained closed till date following massive crackdown by the state government, Muslims in the state are fearing detention by police and harassment by cow vigilantes while taking their animals for sacrifice on Bakrid that will be celebrated on September 2.The issue was taken up by the Rashtriya Ulema Council (RUC) with the State Home department and the Director General of Police (DGP) Sulkhan Singh seeking their intervention on the issue.The State Home department and the DGP on Thursday issued an advisory to all district police chiefs to ensure peaceful celebration of Bakrid.The RUC has also issued two helpline numbers 0945230893 and 0522-4104040 if any Muslims face any problem relating to sacrifices.The DGP spokesperson Rahul Srivastava clarified that there is no restriction on the movement of sacrificial animal and its meat by anyone.“It’s a routine order circulated every year on Bakrid,” said he.A Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), however, confided to the DNA that they have been instructed to ensure that sacrifices of the animal are made in accordance with the laid down rules.No one is allowed to do it in public place and throw blood etc on open drainage, he added.Now since there are only a handful legal abattoirs which cannot cater to the needs of several lakh Muslims on Bakrid, sacrifices will have to be made at home and blood will obvious flow down the open drainage in lanes and bylanes.

DNA Morning Must Reads: Updates on Gorakhpur tragedy, Independence Day stories, Lalit Modi’s MMA ambition, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Gorakhpur tragedy: Red-faced, Yogi govt still in denial; Oppn demands CM’s resignationAfter failing to act swiftly to prevent the death of 36 children in a span of 48 hours due to stoppage of oxygen supply to government-owned Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College in Gorakhpur, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government finally reacted on Saturday. Read more here2. DNAExclusive: Small drones, Chinese lanterns might be choice of weapon for terror outfits on Independence DaySmall drones, paragliding equipment, and Chinese lanterns might be the choice of weapon for terror outfits this year, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has stated ahead of the 70th Independence Day celebrations. Read more here3. British Raj: The good, the bad and the uglyCloser to the country’s 70th year of Independence, personalities from diverse walks of life share their thoughts on British rule in India. Read more here4. Lalit Modi’s new dream: MMA leagueOver the past six years, since he was forced out of the IPL and Indian cricket, to boot, Modi, it seems, has been exploring and attending martial arts events to identify and build a group to rival the best in the business. Read more here5. Bollywood’s going through its roughest phase, here’s howThere was a time till a couple of years ago when star power ensured that a substandard or a bad film worked at least to an extent at the box office. Not anymore! Read more here

Gorakhpur tragedy: Principal says he resigned before suspension order, blames Adityanath govt for releasing money late

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dr Rajeev Kumar Mishra, the principal of Baba Raghav Das Medical College, who was suspended on Saturday following the death of 36 infants, has resigned from his post. Furthermore, Mishra has countered the charges made by the Yogi Adityanath-led state government with regard to payment to Pushpa Sales, the oxygen supplier.Mishra said that he it was his moral responsibility to resign from the post of principal. He had sent his resignation letter – a copy is in DNA’s possession – to the Director General, Pension Directorate on Saturday.
ALSO READ Gorakhpur tragedy: Meet Dr Kafeel Khan, the hero who saved the lives of countless childrenThe former principal of BRD Medical College also claimed that he was unaware of his suspension by state medical education minister Ashutosh Tandon. “I have not received any suspension order till now. I had resigned even before the minister had ordered my suspension. You may check with the department,” he said.On charges levelled against him by the state government, Dr Mishra said that he was not responsible for delay in making payments. He blamed the state government for releasing the budget late. He also contradicted Chief Minister’s claims that his government had released Rs 2 crore on August 5 to clear dues of the supplier.
ALSO READ Gorakhpur: ‘Saw 25 bodies and prayed God not my daughter’, father reveals chilling details of night of horror “I had written letters to the state government on July 16, 19 and again on August 1 requesting them to release budget for clearing dues of Pushpa Sales. Even during a video-conferencing in July, I had raised the issue and reminded the special secretary for making available funds to clear dues. But they did not release budget in time. Why am I to be blamed?” he said.On charges that he left Gorakhpur without taking permission and informing anyone, Mishra said that he went on an official visit to Rishikesh after taking permission from the Director-General Medical Education.On government charges of holding him responsible for short supply of gas, Dr Mishra clarified that he got a call from the hospital at 10 pm when he was in Rishikesh. “When I inquired about the emergency stock, they told me that 78 cylinders were in stock. I immediately directed them to arrange more for uninterrupted oxygen supply till I returned,” he said.Dr Mishra also denied media reports that deaths of children were because short supply of oxygen.

Did not use govt machinery to trigger defections: Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP chief Amit Shah today dismissed allegations of the BJP having engineered defections in rival parties, claiming a misinformation campaign was being carried out as those who had joined the party had done so during elections. Talking to reporters on the last day of his three-day visit, he said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had resigned as he did not want to put up with corruption. Shah also said he does not have information about three the MLCs (two from SP and one from BSP) who had resigned from the UP Legislative Council. “Whosoever came to the BJP from other political parties, had done so during elections. But, a misinformation campaign (kuprachaar) was carried out,” he said about allegations that the party had triggered defections in other parties. “All the politicians from other parties, who had joined the BJP, were presented before the people of the state to seek their mandate. We did not misuse the government machinery for triggering defection,” he said. “In Bihar, we did not break any party. Nitish Kumar had tendered his resignation as he had decided that he will not put up with corruption,” he said. On the possibility of senior SP leader Shivpal Yadav joining the party, he said, “There are no such plans.” The BJP chief, while answering a question on eyeing the Yadavs–the traditional votebank of the SP–and having a lunch at the house of party worker, Shah said, “There is no need to derive more political meaning from this. Dalits are also BJP workers, and Sonu Yadav is also a BJP worker.” Yesterday, Shah along with Adityanath and both the deputy chief ministers had visited Yadav’s house for lunch. He had also had lunch at the house of a Dalit family during his visit to Rajasthan. On the speculations of UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya being sent to the Centre, Shah said, “Maurya will work full- time for the Uttar Pradesh government, as soon as the new UP BJP chief is decided.” He also praised the Yogi Adityanath-led government, saying it was doing a good job in the state. He claimed that the way in which the administration has been politicised in the state, it will take some time for the things to improve. “But, I assure the people of Uttar Pradesh that rule of law will be established,” he said. He also mentioned that there has been an improvement in the energy sector after the Adityanath government came to power. There has been a large scale purchase of wheat and the payment of dues to sugarcane farmers have also been ensured. Shah also said that under the SP and BSP governments, payment of dues to the cane farmers was not made due to collusion with sugar mill owners. Replying to questions on expressway and metro rail, he said, “We do not want to make an expressway which is similar to the one made by (former CM) Akhilesh Yadav. We do not believe in making promises, but in concrete work, and actually want to do concrete work. We do not want to make a metro rail which does not run.” On the question of the BJP’s commitment to construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, Shah said, “We will construct Ram temple as per the provisions of law or through mutual talks.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Focus on jobs in Yogi govt’s industrial policy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday announced its New Industrial Policy 2017 giving many sops to corporate houses and industrialists, and reserving 40 per cent jobs to women and 25 per cent to Dalits in their units in the state.With an aim to boosting industrial growth, the Yogi Cabinet on Tuesday approved a job-oriented industrial policy. Industries minister Satish Mahana said the new policy is aimed at boosting industrial development in social-economically weak areas of Eastern and Central UP and Bundelkhand. Focus is also laid on Western UP, he added.In addition to Udhyog Bandhu, the new policy also proposes to set up a separate ‘Make in UP’ department on the theme of Centre’s Make in India scheme. “The new department will act as a bridge between the new business houses and the government to take care of their problems. It will also provide one window solutions to startup units in the state,” said Mahana.Special status would be accorded to new industrial units which will provide 200 to 1,000 jobs, reserving 40 per cent jobs to women and 25 per cent to Dalits. “The new policy will not only boost industrial growth but generate a large number of jobs for all sections of the society, including women and Dalits, to check migration of youth going out in search of jobs,” claimed the minister.Export and logistics hubs, special economic zones (SEZs), specialized industrial zones and State Investment and Manufacturing Zones (SIMZ) would also set in the state to strengthen infrastructure for new industries.

Samajwadi Party turns tables on Yogi Govt. over law and order

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After the brutal assault on an acid attack survivor in Uttar Pradesh?s (UP) Aliganj, the Samajwadi Party on Sunday turned the tables on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by questioning the law and order under Yogi Adityanath-led state government. Speaking to ANI here, SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that criminals are not scared to commit crimes under BJP?s law and order. Agarwal asserted that BJP had questioned the earlier state government over its governance, whereas the law and order has presently deteriorated further under BJP?s rule. The acid attack victim was attacked for the fifth time in UP on Saturday. The police said that the victim is currently admitted in the trauma centre, in a critical condition. “The victim is admitted in the trauma centre and her condition is serious. We have informed her parents about the incident. We have already initiated a probe into it”, Abhay Kumar Prasad, Additional director general of police, Lucknow said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ram temple in Ayodhya soon? CM Adityanath lifts ban on stone transportation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After two years two truckloads of red sand stones have arrived again at Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) workshop in Ayodhya. This development comes after lifting of ban by Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh.Erstwhile Akhilesh Yadav government had stopped the supply of stones by banning their transportation to Ayodhya, to stall cutting of stones at VHP workshop for construction of Ram temple. On December 20, 2015, Commercial Tax department was asked to not issue Form 39, which is required for getting goods from other states to UP.
ALSO READ Ayodhya is where exclusivist Hinduvta politics will be eventually defeated: Ashwani KumarSince then stone cutting activities at the VHP’s workshop in Karsevakpuram had come to a grinding halt. A dozen of artisans, who were engaged in stone cutting, were sent back to Gujarat and Rajasthan.But with the change of regime in UP, the saffron organisation, about two months back, applied for Form 39 afresh. “We had absolutely no problem in getting the form and completing the required formalities under Yogi government,” said Sharad Sharma, VHP Spokesperson. He also added that they have sent required forms to suppliers in Rajasthan. “Two truckloads of stones have already arrived and many more truckloads are on way to Ayodhya,” said Sharma, hinting that they are going full throttle to complete stone cutting before the construction of Ram temple begins.Fresh supply of stones has been kept at Ramsewakpuram, from where it will be supplied to the supervisor of the workshop for cutting. “Since supplies have been restored we have called artisans back to begin the stone cutting again,” said Annubhai Sonepura, the Supervisor of VHP workshop at Karsevakpuram in Ayodhya.
ALSO READ Train to link Ayodhya/Janmabhoomi to ‘yudh-bhoomi’So far about 1.25 lakh sq ft stone have already been cut and they require another 75,000 sq ft stones to cut pillars and rooftop for the first floor of the proposed temple. “We have enough material to begin the construction of proposed Ram temple any time. Remaining would be completed while the construction is on,” said Sonepura.

If BJP-ruled Maha, UP can give waiver, why can’t MP: Scindia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia today said if BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra can announce farm loan waivers why the party-ruled Madhya Pradesh cannot do this. Scindia, sitting on a 72-hour satyagraha since yesterday in support of farmers, also criticised the state’s BJP government for not taking any action against those who fired at the farmers in Mandsaur last week, killing five of them. Following protests by cultivators in Maharashtra, the Devendra Fadnavis-led government on Sunday announced a loan- waiver for farmers and decided to form a committee to work out the debt-relief criteria. The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh had also recently announced a loan-waiver of Rs 36,359 crore for small and marginal farmers in the state. “When the BJP governments in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra have announced to waive farm loans, why the same party’s regime in Madhya Pradesh has been shying away from announcing the same,” Scindia told reporters during his ongoing ‘satyagraha’ at TT Nagar’s Dussehra Maidan here. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself had made several promises to make farming a beneficial venture with slogans like ‘Abki Bar Kisano Ki Sarkar”. “The prime minister made a series of promises to make farming a profitable venture during election campaign. Now, the Centre is saying the state governments will have to arrange funds for loan waiver on their own and that the Centre government would not extend any help,” he said. The Centre is not budging despite the fact that nearly 12,000 farmers are committing suicide every year, Scindia, the Congress chief whip in Lok Sabha, claimed. He also hit out at the Madhya Pradesh government for not taking action those who fired at the farmers in Mandsaur. “Ten days after the farmer killings in Mandsaur, the state government has not taken any action against the guilty. The government has failed to inform who ordered the firing on farmers. They can’t say anything because the farmers were killed on the orders of the state government,” Scindia said. He said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is now trying to “mollify” the families of the farmers killed by giving them a compensation of Rs 1 crore, jobs to the kin, among others. The Congress leader also said that the onion purchase by the state government has also been marred by mismanagement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Would ensure removal of encroachments on ponds: UP tells NGT

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh government has told the National Green Tribunal that it would ensure removal of encroachments on water bodies, including ponds and wetlands, in Ghaziabad and other parts of the state. The Yogi Adityanath-led government told a bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim that it would take all requisite steps this month to comply with its direction. The Urban Development Principal Secretary submitted before the bench that he has recently assumed charge and some more time may be given to him to ensure that there are no further lapses in the execution of the NGT order. “The officer present also gives assurance to the tribunal that he will conduct a meeting of the concerned and ensure order of this tribunal is complied with…. “We also place on record submission on behalf of state of UP that during the month of June all steps will be taken to comply with direction of the tribunal to the extent possible,” the bench noted. The green panel also directed the petitioner in the case to file his response to the status report of the state government on the action taken against the encroachments. The matter is posted for hearing on July 18. The tribunal had earlier slammed the UP government over delay in reporting on encroachments of water bodies, including ponds and wetlands, in Ghaziabad and other parts of the state. Taking strong exception to the the state not complying with its order and seeking repeated adjournments, it had summoned its Principal Secretary for Urban Development to appear before it. The green panel had said it could have taken a “serious view” of the matter but to enable the state and its officers to comply with the order, it had only issued show cause notice and granted them time to execute the order. The NGT was hearing a plea filed by journalist Sushil Raghav who had sought execution of a 2014 NGT order directing the UP government to remove the encroachments from waterbodies within six months and file a status report every month. The plea had contended that the Chief Secretary had not filed a status report on encroachments on water bodies.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Activist lashes at UP Government over recent crimes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Following the incident where a woman was gangraped in a moving vehicle by three men and was later thrown out in an unconscious state in Unnao district, Uttar Pradesh, women activist Ruby Mukherjee on Thursday lashed out at the Yogi Adityanath-led government asserting that there would be no justice in the state, if the administration was so lenient. ?Women and children are not at all safe in Uttar Pradesh, even though the current government beat drums about the safety of women and amending laws in the state it can never change. Even after the victim filed a complaint about the horrifying incident that happened to her, still the culprits are not arrested and no action is taken. My question to the government is, how is justice going to be given to her? And who will stand by her if the state government is so lenient about taking decisions,” Mukherjee said. Further advising UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Mukherjee stated that the police administration should bring out more laws on women safety. ?I request the UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the police administration to amend more laws on women safety and also to become stricter with laws on women safety,” she added. A woman on Tuesday was gangraped in a moving vehicle by three men and was thrown out in an unconscious state in the Unnao district. The woman was allegedly abducted by three men near Purva Kotwali area. According to reports, as soon as the city police received the information, they immediately reached the location of the crime. However, the accused managed to flee from the location after throwing her out from the moving car. The victim somehow reached the nearby police station, where they recorded her statement. She has been sent for medical examination and a report is awaited. Meanwhile, an FIR has been lodged against the three unknown people. The city police has assured that a probe has been launched into the matter and that they will try to nab the accused as soon as possible.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Women should stay indoors to avoid getting molested: Azam Khan on Rampur incident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of Rampur incident where a group of men molested two women in broad day light, former Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan on Sunday took a jibe at Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government and said that situation in the state is such that men should try and keep their women indoors.In a sardonic attack at the BJP dispensation, Khan said looking at the accelerating cases of crime in the state, ladies should avoid going to suspicious places.‘There is nothing astonishing in the fact that incidents of murders, loot. Rapes are being reported under this government. After the Bulandshahr incident men should try and keep their women and ladies of the house indoor as much as possible. And women should also avoid going to suspicious or lone places,’ said Khan.‘I would like to congratulate Yogi-government that negligence of his government has got crime accelerated in the state. In few days of Yogi-government numerous rape took place, many were murdered across the state,’ he added.Raising questions over the law and order in the state, a video of two girls being molested openly by a group of young men in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur district has set social media on fire.Around 12 to 14 boys can be seen in the video, molesting the women, even while they pleaded to let them go.

In Yogi raj, men should keep their women indoor Azam Khan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the wake of Rampur incident where a group of men molested two women in broad day light, former Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan on Sunday took a jibe at Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government and said that situation in the state is such that men should try and keep their women indoors. In a sardonic attack at the BJP dispensation, Khan said looking at the accelerating cases of crime in the state, ladies should avoid going to suspicious places. ?There is nothing astonishing in the fact that incidents of murders, loot. Rapes are being reported under this government. After the Bulandshahr incident men should try and keep their women and ladies of the house indoor as much as possible. And women should also avoid going to suspicious or lone places,? said Khan. ?I would like to congratulate Yogi-government that negligence of his government has got crime accelerated in the state. In few days of Yogi-government numerous rape took place, many were murdered across the state,? he added. Raising questions over the law and order in the state, a video of two girls being molested openly by a group of young men in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur district has set social media on fire. Around 12 to 14 boys can be seen in the video, molesting the women, even while they pleaded to let them go.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP a big state, trying our best to make it safe BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Uttar Pradesh minister Suresh Khanna on Friday averred that the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) is leaving no stone unturned is providing a safe environment to its people. Khanna said that whosoever commits crime in Uttar Pradesh will be brought to book and prosecuted as per law of the land. ?It is a big state, we are trying our best to provide safe environment. No matter who it is, if anybody commits a crime, action will be taken against them,? said Khanna. The Congress launched a scathing attack at the Uttar Pradesh Government over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, while saying that ‘Uttam Pradesh’ is turning into ‘crime Pradesh.’ “‘Uttam Pradesh’ is turning into ‘Crime Pradesh’. The Saharanpur incident is very painful and heart wrenching. Such incidents never happened before. This all happened at the behest of government,” Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala told ANI. Echoing similar views, Congress leader Kapil Sibbal said the incidents of violence were increasing in the state because of the negligence of the government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PhD scholar acquitted of terror charges lost 16 years in jail, UP govt should compensate: Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh government has been directed by a Barabanki court to compensate former AMU scholar Gulzar Ahmed Wani, who was acquitted of terror charges after 16 years of incarceration in the 2000 Sabarmati Express blast case.The court directed the Yogi Adityanath-led government to pay compensation to Wani in terms of the average income in accordance with his educational qualification for the time he spent in jail, saying he was a victim of “negligence” of officials in probing the case. Wani was pursuing PhD in Arabic from Aligarh Muslim University when he was arrested from Delhi on July 30, 2001.The court held the UP government responsible for the damage caused by its officials to the state exchequer for their negligence in probing the case leading to financial loss.It said the officials had not obtained sanction to prosecute the accused and a charge sheet was filed in dereliction of their duty, violating Wani’s physical independence and also harming him physically and mentally. The court’s findings came as it acquitted Wani and Mohd Abdul Mobeen of the charge of having allegedly orchestrated the Sabarmati Express blast in 2000 that had claimed nine lives and left several others injured. It said the police had not produced any evidence to prove that the two had conspired with others to cause a bomb blast in the train and wage a war against the country.Additional Sessions Judge M A Khan, in his judgement written in Hindi, said if the government feels, it can recover the compensation amount from the concerned police officials. It said if the government failed to pay the compensation, Wani would be at liberty to approach the Allahabad High Court. A total of 11 cases were lodged against Wani, of which he has been exonerated in 10 — either acquitted or discharged.The Supreme Court had granted bail to Wani in April this year, observing that he has suffered incarceration for over 16 years and has been acquitted in nine out of 11 cases. The apex court had said that Wani should be released on bail from November one on set terms and conditions of the trial court, irrespective of the completion of the trial. In one case, Wani was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in jail for carrying explosives to trigger a blast in Delhi.However, the Delhi High Court had suspended this sentence. His counsel M S Khan said “an intellectual person’s life has been spoilt. There is an irreparable damage to his career. He was such an educated person and would have excelled in his life. The erring police officials should be punished and they must be taught a tough a lesson.”While reprimanding the police officials for their lapses in investigation, the court said neither did they try, nor did they gather any evidence in support of the charge of criminal conspiracy against the accused. The judge said it was the duty of senior police officers to check the charge sheet, remove the defects and file it in the court, but they showed negligence in their duty which also harmed the government.The court directed the government to take appropriate action against the erring police officials and said that a copy of the judgement be sent to the district magistrate, Barabanki, and the Home Secretary of the state government. Wani, who was arrested by Delhi Police in 2001 allegedly with explosives and incriminating materials, is a resident of Peeparkari area of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir and is lodged in a jail in Lucknow.The blast was carried out on the eve of Independence Day near Kanpur when the train was on its way from Muzaffarpur to Ahmedabad, claiming nine lives and several others injured. The prosecution had alleged that the accused had hatched a conspiracy in May 2000 at the Habib Hall of the Aligarh Muslim University to carry out a blast in the Sabarmati Express on August 14, 2000. Charges were framed against him in July 2001.

My request to visit Saharanpur via helicopter turned down- Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Ahead of her visit to the trouble-torn area of Saharanpur and meet the Dalit community, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati who asserted today that her request to visit the area in a helicopter was turned down by the city’s District Magistrate. Talking to media here before her visit, Mayawati said, ?The BJP Government is dividing the Uttar Pradesh on the grounds of caste and religion. The BJP government is responsible for the recent incident in Saharanpur. Mayawati also informed that her request to visit Saharanpur via helicopter was turned out by the city’s District Magistrate saying that they need to take permission of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. “Now, I am going by road to Saharanpur. If anything happens to me or my party member BJP government will hold the responsibility,” she said. Claiming the BSP to be a disciplined party, the BSP supremo said her party members never took law in their hands. Meanwhile, the BJP party has advised the former chief minister to shun caste politics and help the Yogi Adityanath-led government to maintain peace and harmony in the state. A man was killed and at least 15 others were injured in clashes at Shabirpur village of Saharanpur on Friday when Dalits objected to a procession taken out by Thakurs to commemorate the birth anniversary of Rajput king Maharana Pratap. This was the second clash in Saharanpur in a fortnight involving Dalits.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Will correct anomalies in minority quota: UP Govt.

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government has confirmed that it is contemplating to correct the anomalies in the minority quota that was announced by the erstwhile Samajwadi Party (SP) Government led by Akhilesh Yadav. Commenting on the reports that the Yogi Government?s decision to do away with the minority quota, UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Monday said that the government was studying the former state Government?s minority quota, and would only allow those where all the eligibility criteria are met. “We are in the process of studying all the schemes. We will continue those which we consider are important but scrap others,? Maurya told ANI. Akhilesh Yadav?s government had given 20 per cent reservation and work allotment to minorities in around 85 government welfare schemes. Yogi Government?s decision is according to its poll promise, wherein it had announced to do away with the appeasement. The Samajwadi Party had promised in its manifesto to treat all Muslims as ?most backward? and provide reservation to them like Dalits, in proportion to their population.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Atmosphere of violence prevailing in country: Kanhaiya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Claiming that an “atmosphere of violence” was prevailing in the country, student leader Kanhaiya Kumar today hit out at the Centre, alleging that the social fabric was being destroyed through “attacks on the principles of democracy and the Constitution”. “The condition of the country is worsening as an atmosphere of violence is prevailing to such an extent that it is becoming a normal thing,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a conference here. “On one hand, soldiers are getting killed on the border and on the other hand, people are getting attacked and killed in the name of cow, farmers are committing suicides, students are committing suicides due to discrimination. People are being killed on communal grounds,” said the former president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU). Another student leader from JNU Shehla Rashid, social activist from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani and entrepreneur and political commentator Tehseen Poonawalla were also present on the occasion. “Currently, there is the Constitution on one hand and the Manusmriti on the other. There is a rule of one person on one side and democracy on the other. “Earlier, people used to say rajya sarkar (state government), kendra sarkar (Centre). Now, people say Yogi sarkar, Modi sarkar,” Kanhaiya quipped, in a reference to the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre and the Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh. “Right now, two thing are going on — concentration of power and normalisation of violence — and because of this, the basic principles of democracy such as freedom, equality, fraternity and socialism are under attack,” he alleged. Through concentration of power and normalisation of violence, there is an “attempt to destroy the social fabric” of the country, he added. Rashid took a dig at the Centre, saying the Modi government completed three years, but there was still no “positive news”. “Moreover, there are only negative things and the country is in the reverse gear,” she said. Mevani, who led a campaign against Dalit atrocities in the Una region of Gujarat, said, “Before coming to power (at the Centre), Modiji was talking about ‘sabka sath sabka vikas’. But now, Muslims and Dalits are feeling unsafe in the country. They are living in bewilderment. “The government has failed to provide even basic things such as food, shelter to the underprivileged. Instead issues like love jihad, ghar wapsi, gau raksha are being promoted.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP Legislative Assembly to convene its first session today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh Assembly will undergo its first session today. Uttar Pradesh?s newly elected 17th legislative assembly will be convening this session for passage of the UP GST bill amongst others. The GST Bill has already been cleared by the Parliament and now requires nod of the states to notify rule and regulations by the respective state governments for its pan-India implementation from July this year. Governor Ram Naik will address joint sitting of legislature -Legislative assembly and Legislative council, at 11 AM today. In an endeavor to give a push to transparent working, the proceedings of the UP assembly for the first time will be telecasted live on Television. The decision was taken in a meeting between Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Assembly speaker Hriday Narayan Dexit. ?People also should directly see the activities of their elected representatives in house,? said CM Yogi Adityanath. The session is expected to be stormy one as the opposition parties SP and BSP will corner the government on the issues of law and order situation in the state. However, the government too is arming itself with all the relevant data to hit back at the opposition, which has only 74 MLAs against the BJP and its allies’ massive strength of 325 in the 403-member House.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

50 Dalit families protest injustice, ‘shun’ Hinduism in Uttar Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>About 50 Dalit families in Moradabad have immersed statues of Hindu deities in the river there and started greeting one another with the salutation ‘Salaamwalekum’ instead of the usual ‘Ram Ram’, following an increase in incidents of attacks on Dalits in Uttar Pradesh ever since the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government came to power.They have threatened to embrace Islam if attacks on Dalits do not stop in Uttar Pradesh immediately. About 50 Dalit families took out a procession on Saturday evening carrying statues of Hindu deities, including Lord Rama and Ganesha, and immersed them in the Ramganga river in Moradabad.”This symbolises us giving up the Hindu religion, which we were practising thus far,” said Lalla Babu, a local Dalit leader. Babu claimed that they were promised “Ramrajaya” by the Yogi government, but instead Dalits are being subjected to the same inhumane treatment by the upper castes all over the state under the present regime, as was the case earlier.He cited the example of Saharanpur, where Dalit women, children and senior citizens were thrashed, and that of Sabbirpur, where the houses of 25 Dalit families were set ablaze by Thakurs.The Dalit leader also alleged that upper caste members forced about half a dozen barber shops of Dalits in Bahjoi village in Sambhal district to down shutters. “They were warned to not allow Dalits to visit their shops. When they refused to follow that diktat, the Brahmins and Thakurs of the area forced them to close their shops,” Babu said.BJP General Secretary Vijaya Bahadur Pathak, however, allayed such fears, saying that the issue was being blown out of proportion by vested interests. “The Yogi government is working for all without any prejudice. The welfare of Dalits and the poor is uppermost in our agenda,” Pathak said.

Yogi orders probe into misuse of PWD funds

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has ordered a probe into allegations of misuse of Public Works Department (PWD) funds into construction of several projects in the Samajwadi Party’s former Cabinet minister Azam Khan’s controversial Jauhar University in Rampur.Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who also holds the PWD portfolio, said on Sunday that the government has instituted an inquiry into how the PWD funds were used in executing projects in a private university.Maurya claimed that during the review meeting of the department, it came to light that over Rs 150 crore were spent in construction of a fly-over, guest houses, buildings etc in Jauhar University with the PWD funds. “The government has sought more details on how government funds were used in a private university,” he added.The inquiry may land the Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan into trouble. When the Yogi government had come to power, Khan had threatened to “blow up the Jauhar University with dynamite if any attempts were made by the government to hold any probe or stall ongoing projects at the University”.Khan is already facing a probe for forcibly grabbing wakf property and cremation grounds. Khan is also accused of issuing orders to bulldoze 47 houses of Dalits in Rampur as they were obstructing the road leading to Jauhar University.Dr Syed Aijaz Abbas Naqvi, In-Charge, Uttar Pradesh, Central Wakf Board, who is conducting an inquiry, had stated that many madrasas, cremation ground, other wakf and public property was allegedly grabbed by Khan. “Once the inquiry is complete, the Board will initiate legal process to take possession of these properties,” he said.Earlier, Madrasa Jamia Naimia Arabic University in Moradabad had issued a fatwa against Khan for allegedly demolishing a cremation ground into a road leading to Jauhar University. Maulana M Ali Naimi from the Naimia University said, “Demolition of cremation ground was against Islamic laws and a heinous crime in the name of Allah.””Anyone indulging in such an act should bow before Allah, offer apology and return the grabbed cremation ground,” he said after issuing the fatwa.

Issue new licenses to UP abattoirs: HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Providing some relief to meat traders in the state, a Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Friday directed the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government to issue new licenses and renew old ones for slaughterhouses and meat shops by July 17 to ensure all abattoirs function legally.”The state can neither change the eating habits of the people, nor can it stop them from eating non-vegetarian food. Every individual has the right to eat what they desire,” the court maintained.The court expressed concern over the state government’s decision to not renew licenses that expired on March 31. “It is the duty of the state government to renew licenses. The process has to be completed by July 17 so that they can open their shops legally,” the bench ordered.BK Singh, the petitioner’s counsel, alleged that the state government has taken repressive measures to ensure closure of abattoirs. The court ordered the government to construct modern slaughterhouses at the earliest as per the Supreme Court directive, and inform the court about its progress on July 17.CM Adityanath imposed a blanket ban on all illegal slaughterhouses in the state soon after coming to power.The UP government had asked for the closure of illegal slaughterhouses in view of overall public order and health of the general public.After the government announcement, slaughterhouse owners and meat sellers across the state shut their shops which was closely followed by an indefinite strike call by different associations.

Yogi Adityanath’s transfer policy: 3 years too long

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Approving the new transfer policy for 2017-18, the Yogi Adityanath Cabinet on Tuesday ordered shifting of all government officials and employees who have been posted at one place for long.Briefing media persons after the fifth Cabinet meeting of the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government, senior Cabinet minister Suresh Khanna said that all government officers and employees who have been posted in a district for more than 3 years and in commissionary for 7 years will be shunted out. Ministers and heads of departments will be allowed only 30 per cent transfers. “The Chief Minister’s approval will be required for effecting above 30 per cent transfers,” clarified Khanna.Similarly, department head will be allowed only 20 per cent transfers of Class III and IV, and approval will be required from the CM for above the limit. “All transfers are to be effected before June 30,” said Khanna.

UP: Yamuna E-way body axes 17 housing projects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The axe of Yogi Adityanath’s government in Uttar Pradesh has now fallen on yet another dream project of Akhilesh Yadav. The Yogi Adityanath-led UP government has cancelled 17 projects of six prominent builders who had splurged on Akhilesh Yadav’s largesse in the form of prime real estate land in the Yamuna Expressway project.While constructing the 302-km Lucknow-Agra Expressway in a 23-month record time, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority, headed by Navneet Sehgal, had sanctioned more than 500 acres of land to Jaypee Infratech in lieu of construction of the Greenfield expressway.As per the agreement, Jaypee Infratech had got the plots of land at prime localities falling in prominent districts to develop real estate in order to mete out the Rs 15,000 crore invested in the construction of the expressway from Lucknow to Agra.Earlier, during Mayawati’s regime, Jaypee had received 602 acres of prime land for construction of the Agra-Delhi Expressway. Though the then Mulayam government had constituted a judicial commission to probe irregularities in the Agra-Delhi Expressway project, Jaypee had won the case from the Supreme Court and had launched several projects on the prized land.Besides Jaypee Infratech, other builders to face the heat following the cancellation of their projects include Ajnara, Gaursons and Oris Infra.

UP govt seeks fresh tech evaluation for Jewar airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh government has sought a fresh “technical evaluation” for the proposed international airport at Jewar in the state. Against the backdrop of rising air passenger traffic, there have been discussions for setting up a second airport in the National Capital Region (NCR). The proposal for technical evaluation for Jewar airport has been made by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government which came to power last month. “The current BJP government (in Uttar Pradesh) has requested us for a technical evaluation because the previous technical evaluation for Jewar airport was done many years ago. So we are doing that technical evaluation,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said at a press meet here. There is a Greenfield Airport Policy in place for setting up new airports. Last year, the Civil Aviation Ministry said it had received a proposal from the then state government for grant of site clearance for the proposed airport near Jewar. The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in the national capital handles around 1,100 flights every day and plans are afoot to increase the aerodrome’s capacity. “Within a few years, we will be using the capacity of Indira Gandhi International Airport… We (would) have to add the second airport for NCR relatively soon,” Sinha said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong, BJP back UP Govt.’s decision to replace ‘Samajwadi’ with ‘Mukhyamantri’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Backing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government?s decision to replace ?Samajwadi? with ?Mukhyamantri? in state schemes? names, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress echoed similar views and said it is a right step as it does not focus on any individual or family. ?By just keeping the name ?Samjawadi? schemes, did they change the society. These were the attempts to only get political mileage without doing work. Changing the name of schemes is probably the right step because after all it does not focus on any individual and family,? BJP leader Nalin Kohli told ANI. Resonating the same, Congress leader Ashok Choudhary said it was not right to associate name of any political party with any government schemes and programmes. ?This is obvious that the new government will change the name of schemes carrying any particular party?s name,? he added. The BJP Government yesterday ordered to drop the prefix ?Samajwadi? from all schemes and replaced with ?Mukhyamantri? in case of state programmes, and their original name in case of centrally funded programmes. During a review meeting, headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, at the chief minister?s office in Lucknow, department heads were asked to identify such schemes under them before the second cabinet meeting, slated on April 11.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Adityanath’s doings reflect his semblance Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of taking a path different from that of the development in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress Party on Saturday said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath?s doings have proven what his semblance reflects. ?As the BJP claimed that they would take Uttar Pradesh on the path of development, we thought of giving them some time and observe their activities. But they changed their course too early. What else can you expect from Yogi Adityanath? His semblance had already proved what he wants, and now his doings have also proven the same,? Babbar told ANI. Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party (SP) seemed to have a different opinion about the decision, saying that they do not link Yoga with religion, adding that they support anything which is in children?s interest. ?Yoga is something all of us do. How does the government make it compulsory is a question. Do they have the infrastructure, teachers. Will it be done properly. Children are very sensitive. It has to be worked out very properly so that they (children) are not subjected to high-pressure environment. For us, whether it is Yoga, self-defence etc. has no religion. Samajwadi Party looks at anything which is good for children with a positive aspect,? SP leader Juhi Singh told ANI. However, Singh said their party never believed in the ?compulsory? aspect. ?We also worked but we never believed in compulsory position, but I think that?s what they (BJP) believe in,? she said. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government yesterday issued an order to make yoga a part of education in government schools of the state. Earlier on Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed the state education officials to ensure that a Yoga Education Programme is compulsory in all the government schools. Class five to 12 will learn yoga as part of physical education in their schools The state government has also decided to provide self-defence training for the girl students in the state-run schools.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Yoga doesn’t belong to any religion, it is part of physical fitness UP Dy CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With Yogi Adityanath-led government planning to make yoga compulsory in the educational institutions in Uttar Pradesh, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Friday said that people should not try to draw parallel between yoga and religion, adding it doesn?t belong to any particular community but is a part of physical fitness. Sharma told ANI that yoga will be made a part of the physical fitness program, which is compulsory in the secondary school education of Uttar Pradesh. ?The people are trying to create various kinds of misunderstanding on this issue. Yoga doesn?t belong to any religion. This is just an initiative to keep everyone fit,? he said. He further said that yoga will be made compulsory in all government colleges and institutes that are aided by the Uttar Pradesh Government. ?As far as private institutions are concerned, they can follow it if they want to,? he added. Earlier on Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed the state education officials to ensure that a Yoga Education Programme is compulsory in all government schools. The state government has also decided to provide self-defence training for the girl students in the state-run schools.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farm loan waiver: Some welcome, some term it ‘eye wash’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Uttar Pradesh Government announced loan waiver for farmers in the state, some peasants in Mathrua district termed it as a mere “eye wash” with some saying the decision left them high and dry. The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in UP yesterday announced a loan waiver of Rs 36,359 crore for over one lakh small and marginal farmers in the state. “It may be a bonanza for the state goverment but for the farmers it is nothing but a lolly-pop,” said Kedar Singh, a farmer from village Borpa. Devi Singh, a marginal farmer and sarpanch of Damodarpura village under Mathura Tehsil, said he was expecting that all their loans would be waived by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Rajan Singh of Gosana village falling under Goverdhan Tehsil said the farmers have been “cheated” since pre-election meetings. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while declaring waiving loan of farmers, had not classified the beneficiaries,” he said, terming the UP government’s move as an “eye wash”. Shyam Singh of Raal and Rohtan Singh of Maghera villages of Mathura district said they were disappointed as the “bench mark” set for waiving the loan is fiscal 2016-17 only. Farmer Deen Dayal Gautam termed the Rs one lakh relief to farmer as “a drop in the ocean”, saying that during last three years the farmers in general have been badly hit by the wrath of nature. However, Kushal Pratap Singh, a farmer from village Javara Tahsil Mant, welcomed the gesture of the state goverment. “It is a good step since now I would become debt-free. Normally the loan limit for small farmers set by the bank does not exceed Rs one lakh,” Kushal said. Lokendra, from village Naujhil Tahsil Mant, who has not taken any loan, said it may be a boon for farmers who had taken crop loan only last year, and asked why the relief has not been given to farmers who had taken loan earlier but now are in debt.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Allahabad HC raps CM Adityanath’s crackdown on illegal abattoirs, gives UP govt 10 days to form alternative plan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Allahabad High Court came down hard on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s crackdown on illegal abattoir in the state, saying that the choice of food and trading in food stuff was part of an individual’s ‘right to life’. The court’s Lucknow bench also gave the UP government 10 days to draw up a plan so its crackdown on illegal abattoirs did not deprive people of food or livelihood, reported Hindustan Times. The bench said that different food habits had flourished in UP and they were part of the state’s secular culture. The bench was responding to a petitioner who sought directions from the government to renew his meat shop licence as the delay was preventing him from earning a livelihood.Justices Amreshwar Pratap Sahi and Justice Sanjai Harkauli said on Tuesday, “To provide an immediate check on unlawful activity should be simultaneous with facilitating the carrying of lawful activity, particularly that relating to food, food habits and vending thereof that is undisputedly connected with the right to life and livelihood.”The state government told the court there was no plans to ban consumption of meat or to close legal slaughterhouses.The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday denied any “overzealous” crackdown by authorities on abattoirs in the state and stated there would be no compromise on illegal slaughterhouses.Health minister Siddharth Nath Singh, who briefed the media after a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, said that action will be taken against all illegal abattoirs in the state. “It has been made clear in the past and is being reiterated again that action against slaughter houses which do not adhere to the guidelines prescribed by the National Green Tribunal in letter and spirit,” he said.The government also made it clear that no harassment will be done of people involved in the meat trade who are following guidelines and have valid licenses.There has been a massive crackdown against slaughterhouses across the state ever since the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government came to power last month. The BJP had promised to shut down all illegal slaughter houses in its state assembly elections manifesto. The action created a furore among meat eaters in Uttar Pradesh with the meat traders downing their shutters.

SP leader Shivpal Yadav to meet CM Adityanath today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Samajwadi Party (SP) senior leader Shivpal Singh Yadav will meet Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today the latter?s official residence 5 Kalidas Marg in Lucknow. There are speculations regarding the meeting as the agenda is not revealed yet. The UP Government on Tuesday waived off Rs. 30, 729 crore worth loan amount of the small and marginal farmers of the state. Along with this, the government has also decided to forego Non-Performing Assets (NPA) worth Rs. 5,630 crore of eight lakh farmers. The decision of waiving off loans will be benefitting 2 crore 15 lakh farmers of the state. Recently, CM Adityanath visited to a cow shelter in Lucknow run by ex-CM Akhilesh Yadav’s step-brother Prateek Yadav and his wife Aparna Yadav who contested in the UP assembly elections as SP candidate from Lucknow seat and lost to the BJP?s Rita Bahuguna Joshi. The Chief Minister walked around the shelter and fed cows, with both Prateek and Aparna by his side. The visit also sparked new speculation about whether Aparna Yadav is growing closer to the Bharatiya Janata Party. The first Cabinet meeting of UP CM Yogi Adityanath-led government was held here yesterday. The Cabinet, chaired by the Chief Minister took up several key issues including a loan waiver for farmers. During the recent assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had promised to waive off agricultural loans of farmers in the first Cabinet meeting after coming to power. 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.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Waiving off loans by UP Govt. is like ‘a drop in the ocean’ Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Coming down heavily on the Uttar Pradesh Government after it waived off Rs. 30, 729 crore worth loans of small and marginal farmers, the Congress party on Tuesday said it is a positive step, but it is just like a drop in an ocean.?The promise made by the Uttar Pradesh Government is just the half truth. This is a positive initiative but it is just the half truth. Out of Rs. 52,241 crore loans, only Rs. 36,000 crore loan of 86 lakh farmers has been waived off, till now the framers has to pay the term loan of Rs. 56, 000 crore. It?s just like a drop in an ocean,? Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told ANI. Surjewala also added that the farmers of Uttar Pradesh have lost hope in the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government after this Cabinet meeting. ?They had promised to waive off the loan of all the farmers. What about the term loan? They have just waived off crop loan. The framers will always have to carry the burden of term loan burden,? he said. He also requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Adityanath to stand up to the promises made by them at the time of assembly elections, adding that the framers don?t want their sympathy, they just want their right. Resonating similar sentiment, the Samajwadi Party which formed a pre-poll alliance with the Congress for the state assembly elections said the loan waiver was a ?laughable? decision. ?Decisions made are laughable. I want to request Yogi ji not to work as per his officers. If they will work as per the people then it will be more beneficial for them,? Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal told ANI. Agrawal also added that the people of Uttar Pradesh have been cheated with this decision. The Uttar Pradesh Government earlier in the day waived off Rs. 30, 729 crore worth loan amount of the small and marginal farmers of the state. The decision will be benefitting 2 crore 15 lakh farmers of the state. Along with this, the government has also decided to forego Non-Performing Assets (NPA) worth Rs. 5,630 crore of eight lakh farmers. “Uttar Pradesh has 2, 30,00,000 farmers. We have waived off Rs. 30, 729 crore loan amount of the farmers,” Cabinet Minister Siddharth Nath Singh told the media here. Cabinet Minister Shrikant Sharma said that the government has decided to keep a target of 80 lakh tonnes of wheat purchase. “All the district Magistrates (DMs) have been instructed to purchase more where there is more produce,” Sharma said. Also, 7,000 purchase centres would be opened in the state. Singh also intimated that the government would introduce ‘farmer bond’ for the welfare of the farming community.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Keeping poll promises, UP Govt. waives farmers’ loan worth Rs. 30,729 crore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Keeping up to its poll promise made during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday waived off Rs. 30, 729 crore worth loan amount of the small and marginal farmers of the state. The decision will be benefitting 2 crore 15 lakh farmers of the state. Along with this, the government has also decided to forego Non-Performing Assets (NPA) worth Rs. 5,630 crore of eight lakh farmers. ?Uttar Pradesh has 2,30,00,000 farmers. We have waived off Rs. 30, 729 crore loan amount of the farmers,? Cabinet Minister Siddharth Nath Singh told the media here. Cabinet Minister Shrikant Sharma said that the government has decided to keep a target of 80 lakh tonnes of wheat purchase. ?All the district Magistrates (DMs) have been instructed to purchase more where there is more produce,? Sharma said. Also, 7,000 purchase centres would be opened in the state. Singh also intimated that the government would introduce ?farmer bond? for the welfare of the farming community. Apart from this, the government also appreciated the anti-Romeo squads operating in the state, adding that strict instructions have been given for not causing trouble for mutually-together couples. Speaking on another reform brought in the by the Uttar Pradesh Government, the Cabinet informed that a total of 26 illegal slaughterhouses have been closed down. The first Cabinet meeting of Uttar Pradesh chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led government was held here earlier in the day. The Cabinet, chaired by the Chief Minister took up several key issues including a loan waiver for farmers. During the recent assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had promised to waive off agricultural loans of farmers in the first Cabinet meeting after coming to power. 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.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Yogi Adityanath-led UP Govt will fulfill all promises- BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said that Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government will fulfill all the promises made by the party in its vision document, adding that they will work for development of all sections and castes and create a new structure of progress in the state. Speaking to ANI here, UP BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak said, “The Uttar Pradesh people will get rid of corruption, nepotism allegedly prevailing in the state during the regime of Samajwadi Party. We will work for the party’s ?inclusive growth? agenda.” On the other hand, Samajwadi Party spokesperson Juhi Singh said that we hope BJP will fulfill all its promises mentioned in its manifesto as the time to show off has passed.” “The key issues in the BJP?s poll manifesto, especially farm loan should be completely waived off as promised. They should not add some terms and conditions to it,” she added. Singh further attacked the BJP over changing names of various schemes initiated by the Akhilesh Yadav government, stating that name-change is fine, but the schemes should not be discontinued. Over a fortnight after taking oath, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath will hold his first Cabinet meeting on April 4, 2017. It is expected that the issue of the farmers’ loan waiver will be discussed in the meeting, as promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the run up to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. The BJP bagged 312 seats, and its allies 13, taking the alliance’s tally to 325 in the 403-member Assembly, thereby giving a major setback to the Samajwadi Party which joined hands with the Congress this time. Adityanath, a five-time Lok Sabha MP from Gorakhpur, was unanimously elected as the new Chief Minister of the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Adityanath’s first cabinet meet: Farm loan waiver, rural electricity, ordinance on slaughterhouses top agendas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Key issues in the BJP’s poll manifesto, especially farm loan waiver, electricity in rural areas and an ordinance on slaughterhouses, are likely to be taken up during the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government’s first cabinet meeting here tomorrow. State Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi said a proposal prepared for farm loan waiver will be presented before the cabinet at its first meeting.Though state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh maintained that the agenda of the meeting was yet to be finalised, sources said the government was likely to take a decision on waiving the loans of small and marginal farmers. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the promises made in the BJP’s manifesto for the just-concluded state Assembly polls will be on the agenda of the Adityanath government’s first cabinet meeting. “Decisions on a number of important issues will be taken at the cabinet meeting on April 4. The focus will be on honouring the promises made in the party’s manifesto,” he said.The BJP, in its Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra (manifesto), had promised to waive the loans of small and marginal farmers.Prime Minister Narendra Modi too had said in his campaign speeches that writing off farm loans would be among the foremost tasks of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. 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.The Adityanath government was sworn-in on March 19 and its first cabinet meeting will be held tomorrow, over a fortnight after the swearing-in ceremony. Government sources said around 2.30 crore farmers in the state suffered losses due to natural calamities in the recent past and were unable to repay loans amounting to about Rs 62,000 crore. They also said that it could be difficult to handle the burden of loan waiver in a single financial year and that was one of the reasons to put the cabinet meeting on hold till a way was found to honour the prime minister’s poll promise that the BJP government would take a decision on farm loan waiver at its first cabinet meeting. Besides farm loan waiver, the cabinet is likely to take important decisions regarding legalising slaughterhouses, licenses of meat-sellers, extending more help to the water-scarce Bundelkhand region and sorting out the problems related to Purvanchal — issues mentioned in BJP’s manifesto. Since the Adityanath government was keen on giving a final shape to the prime minister’s promise, it waited for two weeks to make a detailed plan and work out the financial intricacies before putting the official stamp on farm loan waiver, a state Finance department spokesman said.As the loan amount is huge, the government had to mull various options, including raising loans, to honour the saffron party’s commitment. The spokesman said Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal had been busy holding deliberations with senior officials of his department to honour the pre-poll promise at the earliest. The government will have to pay the banks for farm loan waiver. For that, it will either have to seek funds from the Centre or raise loans on its own, he added.”Such decisions are not taken in haste. I can assure (you) that a decision will be taken and a large number of farmers will benefit from it,” Shahi had told PTI earlier. Some officers were of the opinion that the cabinet could take a decision and formulate a policy in this regard later, but the chief minister insisted that the decision was taken once the policy was clear, so that there were no hurdles. Following this, senior officers were engaged in working on various options before the matter could be placed before the cabinet.

Govt. should introduce law to ban cow slaughter RSS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Monday said that the government should introduce a law to ban cow slaughter in the country. ?In North East India there is a tradition of killing cows which should be banned. Government must introduce a law where cow slaughter should be made illegal. Just with one person objecting this issue will not do others need to come up and take a stand,? RSS leader M.G. Vaidya told ANI. Further taking a jibe at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Prashant Bhushan, Vaidya stated that if they think that the RSS is opposing the whole nation then they are making the organisation supreme. ?If they think that opposing RSS is opposing the whole nation then they are making RSS supreme themselves. AAP are criticizing RSS but in a way they are going against the nation then that should be punished. All that Prashant Bhushan has said must have been a joke and we should not take it seriously,? said Vaidya. After coming to power in Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath-led government has ordered the closure of illegal slaughterhouses and strict enforcement of the ban on cow smuggling to fulfil a key electoral promise. Meat sellers across Uttar Pradesh are on an indefinite strike from Monday against the crackdown on illegal and mechanized slaughterhouses. Moreover, BJP-ruled Gujarat has passed a stringent law making cow slaughter punishable with a life-term sentence. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has also said that cow killers would be hanged.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Meat sellers urge UP Govt. to come up with provision to help legal shop owners

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With the indefinite strike called by meat vendors affecting several establishments in the state, the meat seller on Tuesday urged the Uttar Pradesh Government to come up with provision so that legal shop owners can work without any problem. ?The time this matter was started, our business is suffering from loss. Nobody is selling meat in the market. We just want to request the government to come up with such provision so that we can work,? a meat shop owner told ANI. He further said that they are facing heavy loss due to the strike and is not even able to pay their workers. ?The government didn?t even issue any notice before banning the slaughter houses. We are not getting meat from anywhere. What are we going to sell now? The government has asked us to renew the license. When we go to do so, the official says that they don?t have permission to renew the license,? said another Meat shop owner Mohammad Riyaz. As per the shop owners, the government is not renewing their license and when they open their shops the police ask them to close it. ?If the government wants to close anything, they should have first closed liquor, tobacco shop. They should first restrict these things. Whatever is illegal should be banned but what is the use of banning the legal slaughterhouse,? said a meat buyer. The meat shop owners are facing huge loss. A number of shops are closed as they are not able to get meat due to its scarcity. After coming to power, the Adityanath-led government has ordered the closure of illegal slaughterhouses and strict enforcement of the ban on cow smuggling to fulfil a key electoral promise. Adityanath earlier on Saturday said abattoirs operating legally will not be touched but action will be taken against those being run illegally. Meat sellers across Uttar Pradesh are on an indefinite strike from Monday against the crackdown on illegal and mechanised slaughterhouses. Fish vendors were also claimed to have resolved to join the stir which has seen non-vegetarian delicacies go off the menu in several parts of the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sole mission & motive is UP’s development: PM on Yogi govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the Yogi Adityanath-led government took over in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the “sole mission and motive is development” of the state, in an apparent bid to allay apprehensions over the hardline Hindutva mascot becoming the Chief Minister. Modi, while noting that BJP had formed the government in four out of five states that went to the polls recently, said, “Our unwavering efforts to create a ‘Bhavya’ (great) & ‘Divya’ (brilliant) Bharat (India) continue. India’s Jan Shakti is powering the rise of a new & transformed India.” In a series of tweets just after attending the swearing- in ceremony of Adityanath and his council of ministers in Lucknow, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that the new government will work for “record development” for Uttar Pradesh. “Congratulations to Yogi Adityanath Ji, Keshav Prasad Maurya Ji, Dinesh Sharma Ji & all those who took oath today. Best wishes for serving UP,” he wrote. “Our sole mission & motive is development. When UP develops, India develops. We want to serve UP’s youth & create opportunities for them,” Modi added. The Prime Minister’s insistence on development being the only aim of the Adityanath government appears to be an attempt to allay apprehensions that some quarters may have over the hardline Hindutva mascot taking over as the Chief Minister. 44-year-old Adityanath, a five-term Lok Sabha MP, is known for his provocative speeches and never shies away from making controversial remarks, be it about Islam or Pakistan. “I have immense confidence that this new team (led by Adityanath) will leave no stone unturned in making UP Uttam Pradesh (foremost state). There will be record development,” Modi said. In another tweet, the Prime Minister said, “With the blessings of people & hardwork of our Karyakartas the BJP has formed governments in 4 out of the 5 states that went to the polls.” He added, “Our unwavering efforts to create a ‘Bhavya’ (great) & ‘Divya’ (brilliant) Bharat (India) continue. India’s Jan Shakti is powering the rise of a new & transformed India.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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