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Friday, Aug 24, 2007
Mayawati puts on hold corporate-run retail business
LUCKNOW: Chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday rolled back the Agriculture Infrastructure and Investment Policy, which lays emphasis on contract farming, in the “interest of the farmers.” Simultaneously, the Bahujan Samaj Party Government clamped down on corporate-run retail business and ordered the closure of Reliance Fresh stores in Lucknow and Varanasi.
A high-powered committee headed by Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh was constituted by the Chief Minister for reviewing the different aspects, including the law and order issue, before granting permission for retail stores in the State. The panel will submit its report within a month. Till then, the other retail stores in the pipeline have been put on hold.
Ms. Mayawati clarified that the Government decision reached at the Cabinet meeting here on Thursday did not pertain to Reliance Fresh alone, it covered the retail stores of other business houses as well.
However, the retail stores in malls will not be affected by the Cabinet decision.
Around 14 Reliance Fresh stores selling fresh vegetables, fruits and commodities of daily use were inaugurated in Lucknow on Wednesday. But their opening sparked off violent protests in the State capital and in Varanasi, where the protesters damaged the store. The president of UP Udyog Vyapar Mandal (Traders’ Association) and Samajwadi Party MP, Banwari Lal Kanchhal, was among those arrested by the police in Lucknow on Wednesday.
The Chief Minister said the decision to close down the Reliance Fresh stores in Lucknow and Varanasi was taken after reviewing Wednesday’s incidents of violence.
No change in U.P. Ceiling Act
Lucknow : August 24, 2007 The U.P. Government has denied any change in maximum land limit for any family under U.P. Ceiling Act 1960. The Principal Secretary for Revenue, Mr. S.R. Lakha, while giving this information here today, said that there was no proposal for consideration at government level for decreasing the maximum land limit under U.P. Ceiling Act 1960. He said that government came to know about the rumours being spread among people in different parts of the State that proceeding was going on for decreasing the maximum land limit for any family by amendment of U.P. Ceiling Act 1960, which was totally baseless and false. Mr. Lakha said that directives had been issued to all commissioners and district magistrates in this regard. They have been directed for making aware to their sub-ordinates ADMs, SDMs, tehsildars, nayab tehsildars, revenue inspectors and lekhpals, so that there should not be any confusion in this connection and rumours could be put off.