Upcoming Lok Sabha elections in mind,the Uttar Pradesh government Thursday approved a slew of proposals,including providing land for a dairy processing plant and the funding model and detailed project report (DPR) of Noida and Greater Noida Metro rail projects.
Top on the list of projects granted clearance was decision to allot a 20-acre plot to Gujarat-based Banaskantha District Cooperative Milk Producers Union (popularly known as Banas Dairy,a member of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF),which owns famous Amul brand) to set up a dairy processing plant with a capacity of five lakh litre per day at Chakganjaria farm.
The land will be provided at Rs 4,800 per sq meter to Banas dairy, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said after the cabinet meeting.
The land would be handed over through Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation. Of the total fund generated from the land sale,Rs 2,000 per sqm would be set aside for a proposed fund for development of Lucknow Metro project.
However,the state has decided to put some conditions for the allotment of land. Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani said the land would be used only for the purpose of establishment of dairy. A deadline of 18 months has been set for completion of the plant after transfer of land.
Procurement of milk from outside the state would be allowed only when the need of the dairy is not met with the purchase from local farmers, said Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani.
In an another significant decision,the cabinet approved the DPR and funding pattern for a new Metro Rail System between Noida and Greater Noida spanning 29.707 km. As per the DPR,prepared by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation,the estimated project cost would be Rs 5,064 crore.
It has been decided that 20 per cost would be shared by the central government,20 per cent would be shared by Greater Noida and Noida authorities in the ratio of length of the project passing though their jurisdictions while the remaining cost would be arranged through financial institutions, Chief Minister said.
CM also said that the cabinet has approved establishment of a new university at Kapilvastu in Sidharthanagar district. It will come up on a 50 acres land available with Tourism Department.
The Cabinet also cleared the way for using funds from Scheduled caste sub plan and Tribal sub-plan for development of Public Infrastructure. It has been decided that since estimated population of SC and ST in the state is 21.21 per cent,thus 21.21 per cent of the cost of public infrastructure projects would be spent from the SC and Tribal sub plan funds. In case of villages and gram-panchayats,where ST/ST population is at least 25 per cent,100 per cent of the infrastructure development would be taken up from the sub-plan funds.
Other significant decisions included,approval to Paddy purchase policy 2013-14,where commission agents would also be allowed to procure paddy directly from the farmers.
Ten eco-sensitive zones have also been identified in the state,where no commercial mining or industrial activity would be allowed in 1-km radius.
Azam finally shows up at Cabinet meet
Having stayed away from the state cabinet meetings for over a year,Uttar Pradesh Minority Welfare Minister Azam Khan finally made his way to Lal Bahadur Shashtri Bhawan to attend the over three-hour-long meet on Thursday and took decisions on 25 significant issues. Khan was accompanied by Public Works Department minister Shivpal Singh Yadav and Tourism Minister Om Prakash Singh,who is also an MP from Ghazipur. All three arrived together,in the same vehicle. Azam had stayed away from the last eight cabinet meetings and,including the one where decision on setting aside development funds for upliftment of minorities in the state was taken. After the meet,Azam left with the PWD minister. His presence at the cabinet meetings holds significance what with him expressing his unhappiness with the state government in the past and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav even paying him a personal visit following the Muzaffarnagar violence.