In a significant decision Friday, Uttar Pradesh cabinet approved additional compensation to farmers under Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) through “out of court settlement”.
For the past two years, farmers under the authority have been protesting with the demand of additional compensation on the lines of the one offered to those under NOIDA and Greater NOIDA.
Accepting the recommendations of the committee formed under Cabinet Minister and state spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary last year, the Cabinet gave a go-ahead to YEIDA to provide 64.7 per cent additional compensation to project affected families through “out of court settlement”.
However, for this settlement, affected families would sign a contract with the state government for handing over possession of the land in question, not creating any hurdle in the development of the project, and not filling any case in the court in this regard in the future.
Apart from this, the Cabinet also cleared the “Media management Strategy” prepared by Information Department, which included hiring of a PR agency for image building of the state, how to publicise schemes of UP Government, how to give advertisements, etc.
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The Cabinet also cleared a proposal whereby departments would have the freedom to decide financial matters upto Rs 5 crore instead of earlier slab of Rs 40 lakh.
Moreover, in case of departments like Public Works Department, which have Engineer-in-Chief, such departments would be able to take decisions about projects worth Rs 25 crore.
Projects and schemes worth Rs 25 to Rs 100 crore would require approval from Finance Minister (Chief Minister), between Rs 100- 200 crore approval from Chief Minister and above Rs 200 crore approval of the Cabinet.