THE AKHILESH government on Thursday made helmets compulsory for pillion riders across the state.
The state cabinet, which met on Thursday, decided to amend the Motor Vehicle Rules, making it mandatory for a pillion rider to wear a helmet, except if he is wearing a turban. Fines would be imposed if norms are not followed.
The cabinet also decided to raise the financial assistance for the marriage of poor girls belonging to minority families. Earlier, state government used to give Rs 10,000 as financial assistance for the marriage of a girl from such a family, which had an annual income of less than Rs 25,546. The assistance has been raised to Rs 20,000 under the new law. Even the income limit for families, whose daughters would be provided assistance, has been raised to Rs 56,460 in urban areas and Rs 46,080 in rural areas.
Further, the cabinet has decided to frame a policy on giving government advertisements to websites and portals. According to the new rules, the website or portal should have been operating for at least three years and have a minimum 2.5 lakh hits every month.
The government also decided to develop Varuna river in Varanasi and amend the inter-state air services policy as well as rules to recruit 40,000 contractual employees in urban local bodies. Also, it cleared projects worth Rs 21 crore for Rampur for the beautification of the existing water body near Jail Road.
For Saifai, Rs 463 crore was approved for the establishment of a 500-bed super specialty hospital under Rural Institute of Medical Sciences and Research.
# Rs 630 crore approved for development of state-of-the-art bridge over Ganga in Ballia on Srirampur Ghat
# Rs 45 crore approved for construction of a state guesthouse in New Delhi
# Nod to proposal laying down procedures to engage NGOs approved
# Nod to proposal to declare crocodile rehabilitation centre in Lucknow as biodiversity heritage site.
# To propose to the Centre to include Aheria tribe under SC list
# To develop the area on the either side of Haidar Cannal
# Construct a sewage treatment plant up to the capacity of 120 MLD