THE CABINET on Saturday cleared a proposal for handing over the Anpara C power project to Lanco Kondapalli in the private sector. The cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, also approved a proposal for setting up Anpara D in the public sector by the UP Thermal Power Generation Corporation.
The 1,000-mw Anpara C thermal power project was pending for a long time because of opposition by trade unions to privatisation of the powerhouse.
Sources said Lanco had emerged as the lowest bidder during technical and financial bids which were opened a few months back. Two other strong rivals were Reliance Energy Limited and Essar Power. The 1,000-mw Anpara D is estimated to cost around Rs 5000 crore. The Power Finance Corporation has agreed to fund Rs 5000 crore.
The Cabinet has decided to reconstitute a high-level committee for purchase of sarees for distribution among women below the poverty line. Earlier, a committee headed by Industries director Devendra Chaudhury was constituted. However, citing a government order (GO) of 1994, Chaudhury refused to become chairman of the committee, which forced the government to reconstitute the panel. It is now headed by principal secretary, Women Welfare, Balvinder Singh. The State Assembly had already approved Rs 240 crore for the scheme which is likely to be launched by Diwali. Under the programme, two sarees will be given to 1.25 crore women as Yadav’s “Diwali gift”. The government has decided to purchase 2.50 crore sarees through national tender.
The Cabinet has deferred clearance to the first women policy of the state. The policy will provide guidelines to the State Government to formulate various welfare measures from time to time and also prepare a work plan. The Women and Child Welfare Department will be the nodal agency for implementation of the policy.
The Cabinet has given the nod to continue the old rice levy policy for the next season. Under the present policy, rice millers are to give 60 per cent levy to the government. Moreover, the date for appointment of faculty members in the Safai medical college has been extended. The Cabinet also approved a one-time settlement (Samadhan Yojna) of entertainment tax for cable operators in the State.