LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh Government has decided that its surplus
staff would be accommodated in posts left vacant by employees who
retire after November 1 this year. The decision was approved by the
Cabinet on Saturday.
Chief Minister Mayawati said the Cabinet had also decided to
increase the State Advised Price of sugarcane for the 2008-09 crushing
season from Rs.125 per quintal for early maturing varieties to Rs.140
per quintal. She said this was the first time that an increase of Rs.15
per quintal had been made in the sugarcane price.
The Chief Minister said it had also been decided to increase the
creamy layer income limit for the Other Backward Castes from Rs.3 lakh
to Rs.5 lakh. The Centre, she added, had increased the income limit to
only Rs.4.50 lakh.
LUCKNOW: The dispute over land for the proposed rail coach factory
in Lalganj between the Uttar Pradesh government and the Centre was
resolved on Saturday, with the former deciding to return to the
Railways the 189.25 hectares it had acquired.
The Cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Mayawati, decided that
the 189.25 hectares in Lalganj, Rae Bareli district would be given to
the Railways on a 90-year lease.
She said that in view of the poverty and unemployment in Rae Bareli
and Sultanpur districts, she had written to Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh as well as UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, asking for a special
package of Rs 5,000 cr for reviving the sick units there.
State government demanded a special economic
package of Rs. 5000 crore from the Central government for the
rehabilitation of the sick and closed industrial units in Rae Bareli
district, Sultanpur, Amethi and Jagdishpur.
Addressing a press conference after inaugurating the new media
centre in the Lal Bahadur Shastri Annexe Bhavan, the Chief Minister
said separate letters, to the Ministry of Railways pertaining to the
Cabinet decision on the land, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
demanding the special package, were sent.She announced that she would hold a ‘maha rally’ in Rae Bareli
to ‘expose’ the Congress.
Ms. Mayawati said the decision on the land issue was to foil the Congress’ ‘political conspiracy’ to defame the government.