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Press Information Bureau(Chief Minister’s Information Campus)Information and Public Relations Department, U.P.
C.M. writes letter to P.M.
C.M. requests P.M. to direct Union Ministry of Road Transportand Highways to sanction 60 projects worth Rs. 1424 crore
Lucknow: 06 February 2010
In a letter written to Prime Minister the Uttar Pradesh ChiefMinister Ms. Mayawati has said that the state government had sent60 proposals of Rs. 1424 crores to the Union Ministry of RoadTransport and Highways, but none of the projects had beensanctioned as yet. She said that State Highways and NationalHighways are the backbone of the economic growth of the countryand Government of India should release funds under Central RoadFund scheme for widening and strengthening of State Highways.The Chief Minister referred to the meeting of Mr. NasimuddinSiddiqui, P.W.D. Minister, Govt. of U.P. with Mr. Kamal Nath, UnionMinister, Government of India on 24-11-09, in which he apprised Mr.Kamal Nath about the poor condition of the highways. Mr. KamalNath had given an assurance to clear the pending proposals, but nosanction had been received from Government of India, so far. Shesaid that only two months of the financial year now remain, and ifthese projects are not cleared within a week then the StateGovernment would certainly lose the bank of sanctions on the basisof expenditure incurred. This would also limit sanctions in the nextfinancial year, she added.
In her letter, Ms. Mayawati said that the State Government hadalso been requesting the Union Ministry of Road Transport andHighways to reimburse the balance of Rs. 135.34 crores against theutilization certificates submitted to Government of India by StateGovernment.
The Chief Minister has requested the P.M. direct the concernedMinistry to sanction these projects and reimburse the amount at theearliest.
*******No import of sugar till sugar cane crushing completes— State GovernmentRs. 5939.87 crore payment by sugar mills to cane farmers so far
Lucknow:02 February 2010
Keeping in view the interests of sugar cane farmers, the Uttar PradeshGovernment has taken the decision that sugar mills would not process theimported raw sugar, unless the crushing of canes would be completed. Due tothe efforts of the state government the cane farmers are getting the payment ofRs. 260 per quintal at present.Giving this information the state government spokesman said that thestate government had deferred the import/transport of raw sugar in this state byrailway rakes with a view to providing maximum price to cane farmers in thecurrent crushing season and make their fields vacant. The spokesman said thatsugar mills had made Rs. 5939.87 crore payment till February 01, 2010 againstthe supplied cane price of Rs. 6926.58 crore. It may be recalled that period of 14days has been fixed for cane price payment by sugar mills, but immediatepayment has been made before this time limit.The spokesman said that state government was fully committed andsensitive towards the cane farmers therefore, the government had made onetime record increase of Rs. 25 per quintal in SAP. This SAP is minimum SAP,therefore with the incentive payment amount the cane farmers are getting Rs.260 per quintal. Besides, directives had been issued to provide other facilities tocane farmers.The spokesman said that in view of the increase in cost of sugar caneproduction and demands of farmers, the state government had taken theinitiative for mutual consent between cane developmentcommittees/representative of cane farmers and sugar mills to provideincentives/facilities to cane farmers, besides SAP. As a result, the cane farmersare getting the payment of Rs. 260 per quintal.The spokesman said that special efforts were being made to strengtheneconomic condition of farmers and increase cane production. Stringent actionwas being taken against the guilty persons. Massive drive has been launched tocheck the less weighing of canes in sugar mills and other irregularities, due towhich 211 weighing clerks had been suspended, so far and F.I.Rs had beenlodged against sugar mill owners in 59 cases. The state government has made itclear, that any slackness or carelessness with regard to complaints of canefarmers would be severely dealt with.*******