(Notes) Uttar Pradesh Current GK

Govt gives ₹121 cr to end power cuts in five cities

  • The state government has sanctioned additional funds of Rs 121 crore to rid five cities, including Lucknow, of power cuts in the first phase. Twelve more cities are proposed to be declared tripping-free in the second phase.
  • Lucknow has got Rs 93.50 crore, Ghaziabad Rs 4 crore, Noida Rs 11.50 crore, Varanasi Rs 1 crore, and Kanpur Rs 11 crore. The works under some other power reform schemes were already in progress these cities.
  • In the first phase investment was being made in five cities Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Noida and Ghaziabad.
  • “Under this scheme, work includes shifting additional load of overloaded 132 kv/220 kv sub stations to new substations, segregation of substations connected to the common 33 kv lines, installation of new transformers and enhancement of capacity of existing ones and installation of triple manually operated switches (TPMOs) on transformers.

Health scheme to benefit 1.18 cr families in UP

  • As many as six crore people from 1.18 crore families of Uttar Pradesh will be benefited by free medical treatment under a health insurance scheme named ‘Ayushman Bharat National Protection Mission’. The scheme will be launched in the country on Sunday. The scheme was announced by the Centre in the Union budget for 2018-19 in February and took around six months’ time to complete the process of implementing it.
  • In UP, six crore people will be entitled for the health insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh and get free medical facility in private and government hospitals. Most beneficiaries will be from the socially and economically backward sections. Families included in Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011 are the targeted social group under the health insurance scheme.
  • In UP, state and district level committees have been constituted and have been asked to expedite the process of enlisting hospitals for implementation of the health scheme.

UP govt to make all roads pothole-free

  • The Uttar Pradesh government has again announced to launch a drive for making the roads pothole-free.
  • By October 15 next, all the potholes will be repaired, by November 30 all roads damaged during the monsoon season will be repaired and restored and all pending road projects will be completed by December 31.
  • The Yogi Adityanath government had launched a similar drive in March 2017 soon after the
  • Bharatiya Janata Party came to power, under which all roads, including national highway, were targeted to be made pothole-free by the end of June 15. The deadline was extended several times but the drive met with limited success due to resource constraints.

UP govt announces new paddy purchase policy

  • Setting up a target to purchase 50 lakh metric ton of paddy in this kharif season, the Uttar Pradesh government announced a new paddy purchase policy giving emphases on the RTGS (Real Time Gross Settlement) mode of payment to farmers. The government also announced that Kumbh Mela area would be declared as ODF zone.
  • The Cabinet approved a new paddy policy under which a common variety of paddy would be purchased at Rs 1,750 per quintal.
  • Apart from that, the government announced Kumbh Mela zone as ODF where 1.22 lakh toilets would be constructed. “The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) will construct 43,500 toilets while the rest will be constructed by the state government.

UP makes RFID tag must for transporters

  • With the aim to curb evasion of Goods and Services Tax, the state government has made it mandatory for transport carriers to use radio frequency identification device (RFID) tag along with e-way bill from October 1.
  • Though e-way rules require the use of RFID tag, no other state has made it mandatory since the start of e-way bill in April this year.
  • The e-way bill rules mandate that a vehicle carrying goods worth over Rs 50,000 must furnish details electronically on the common portal and generate e-way bill.
  • The portal captures the details of supplier, recipient and the value of goods transacted, and this provides the Tax department with an anti-evasion tool, especially for monitoring business-to-consumer (B2C) traders.
  • In the absence of RFID tags on carriers, tax officials found it difficult to intercept cargo due to lack of intelligence. The enforcement measure has often been based on trial-and-error approach as check-posts on state borders have been dismantled after the e-way bill became effective.
  • UP is ahead of other states in notifying RFID implementation. This will ensure real-time flow of data, captured from RFID on moving vehicles to e-way bill portal without technological glitch

Industrial houses contributing to govt’s Swachhata Mission

Accepting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath appeal to industrialists to use their corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds to keep their cities clean, many industrial houses have contributed to the Swachh Bharat campaign of the government by building infrastructure like toilets.

The e-toilet unit requires a minimum support in terms of power connection, water supply, sewerage from the municipal authorities. Its use is authorised only with a one rupee coin. The money collected is used for its upkeep only.

Incidentally, on September 11, the Chief Minister had exhorted industrialists to use their CSR funds for construction of infrastructure like school buildings and latrines.

Uttar Pradesh top in reaching out to PMMVY beneficiaries

Uttar Pradesh won first prize for reaching out to maximum number of beneficiaries during the weeklong drive (September 1 to7) under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana’ (PMMVY), the maternity benefit programme.

UP enrolled 1, 11,541 new beneficiaries on the portal, more than all other states, while Bihar got the second position.

The award was given at a function in Dehradun.

The number of beneficiaries enrolled in UP on the PMMVY till September 15 is 8, 35,947. Fund has been transferred directly to the account of 8, 20,000 beneficiaries.

PMMVY provides cash incentive of ₹5,000 directly in the account of pregnant women and lactating mothers for first living child of the family subject to their fulfilling specific conditions relating to maternal and child health.

The programme aims to provide partial compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives so that the women can take adequate rest before and after delivery of the first living child.

Companies urged to invest in UP under CSR fund

  • Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath exhorted major companies to invest in the state under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund in skill development, social infrastructure in rural areas, building toilets, tourism and education.
  • Speaking at the first-ever CSR conclave in Lucknow, Yogi said that Corporates had contributed in the development of UP and they could do more for the common people by developing sports facilities in rural areas, ensuring amenities for attendants of patients in hospitals and conserving ancient Indian culture and traditions.
  • The CSR also contributed in achieving the PM’s ambitious scheme for rural and urban housing for the poor.

 UP to showcase de-licensed defence wares for Private sector

  • After the successful meeting of the stakeholders of defence equipment manufacturing sector at Aligarh in August, the Yogi Adityanath government is organising a mega event in Kanpur in October to showcase the de-licensed defence wares for private sector manufacturing. The mega event is part of promotion of the defence industrial corridor in UP that will pass through six districts -Aligarh, Agra, Kanpur, Jhansi and Chitrakoot. The last two districts are in Bundelkhand region.
  • The Prime Minister, during his visit, had participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the launch of projects worth Rs 60,000 crore. The memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for these projects were signed by the UP government with the investors during the UP Investors’ Summit held in Lucknow in February this year.
  • The state had identified 3,000 hectares of land for the corridor, which has been projected to attract direct investments to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore and generate 2.5 lakh jobs.
  • Earlier, the Centre had de-licensed 275 defence-related wares and encouraged domestic private sector manufacturers to supply them to the forces by competing with public sector undertakings (PSU).

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