Brajendra K Parashar

Brajendra K Parashar is a Special Correspondent presently looking after agriculture, energy, transport, panchayati raj, commercial tax, Rashtriya Lok Dal, state election commission, IAS/PCS Associations, Vidhan Parishad among other beats.

Articles by Brajendra K Parashar

UP polls: Left parties to field candidates on a limited number of seats

The Left parties had sought to join a broad anti-BJP alliance for the UP polls but that did not happen. Despite deciding to go it alone now, they don’t want a division of opposition votes.
The CPI (M), a key component of the Left parties, will hold a meeting soon to decide the candidates for the UP polls. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
The CPI (M), a key component of the Left parties, will hold a meeting soon to decide the candidates for the UP polls. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Published on Jan 18, 2022 12:44 AM IST
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Swami Prasad Maurya’s daughter Sanghmitra says she remains a loyal BJP worker

Swami Prasad Maurya’s daughter Sanghmitra says her bond with her father will remain intact though they are now in different parties
Swami Prasad Maurya’s daughter Sanghmitra Maurya is the BJP MP from Badaun in western Uttar Pradesh. (FILE PHOTO)
Swami Prasad Maurya’s daughter Sanghmitra Maurya is the BJP MP from Badaun in western Uttar Pradesh. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 11:54 PM IST
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UP commercial tax dept gets high court rap again

Court passes severe strictures against authorities in a case pertaining to wrongful seizure of a trader’s consignment by commercial tax department
This is the second instance where the department has got a rap for harassing traders within a period of less than a month,” said a senior commercial tax official. (Pic for representation)
This is the second instance where the department has got a rap for harassing traders within a period of less than a month,” said a senior commercial tax official. (Pic for representation)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 10:04 PM IST
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Main parties in Uttar Pradesh yet to release manifestos

However, the parties have already organised hundreds of public rallies and meetings to woo voters before Election Commission announced curbs
The Rashtriya Lok Dal led by Jayant Chaudhary is the only party to have released its manifesto in Uttar Pradesh so far. (FILE PHOTO)
The Rashtriya Lok Dal led by Jayant Chaudhary is the only party to have released its manifesto in Uttar Pradesh so far. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 12:54 AM IST
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Uttar Pradesh assembly polls: Jayant Chaudhary looking to reap political harvest after farmers’ agitation

Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary banking on revival of the Jat-Muslim chemistry to regain lost ground during the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls
Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Jayant Chaudhary at a mahapanchayat during the farmers’ agitation in the months leading up to the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Jayant Chaudhary at a mahapanchayat during the farmers’ agitation in the months leading up to the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 12:37 AM IST
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700k found ineligible for PM-Kisan scheme in UP

The ineligible farmers either pay income tax for earnings from other sources or are not eligible for some other reason to avail cash transfer scheme.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the 10th instalment of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme on January 1. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the 10th instalment of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme on January 1. (ANI)
Published on Jan 09, 2022 11:08 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Jayant, Akhilesh likely to hold meeting on seat sharing for UP polls

The crucial meeting will take place amid speculation about Jayant being somewhat unhappy with the alliance partner not agreeing to the seat sharing formula proposed by him
Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Chaudhary Jayant Singh and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav. (FILE PHOTO)
Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Chaudhary Jayant Singh and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 12:35 AM IST
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State agriculture council seeks separate MSP for ‘Kala Namak’

The State Agriculture Price Advisory Council has also recommended a hike in the MSP for 10 Kharif crops for the 2022-23 marketing season
‘Kala Namak’, a popular variety of rice grown in more than half a dozen districts in Uttar Pradesh. (File photo)
‘Kala Namak’, a popular variety of rice grown in more than half a dozen districts in Uttar Pradesh. (File photo)
Published on Jan 04, 2022 12:05 AM IST
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Over four years after being set up, “Krashak Samridhi Aayog” to hold first meeting today

The commission was set up in the state in November 2017 with a view to doubling peasants’ income by 2022
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Published on Jan 03, 2022 12:14 AM IST
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UPPCL to flag tariff dispute with its lone foreign consumer

UPPCL to seek arbitration at Indo-Nepal Power Exchange Committee’s 14th meeting to be held in Delhi soon
The foreign consumer, in question here, is the Nepal government that has a heavy electricity connection subscribed in the name of “project incharge”, Nepalganj but has power dues of more than <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>19 crore pending against it, according to UPPCL. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
The foreign consumer, in question here, is the Nepal government that has a heavy electricity connection subscribed in the name of “project incharge”, Nepalganj but has power dues of more than 19 crore pending against it, according to UPPCL. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Published on Dec 29, 2021 10:42 PM IST
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Life of all school buses in UP to be capped at 15 yrs

The UP government is all set to make amendments to the School Bus Rules, 2019 very soon for greater safety of school children who travel by buses.
The government will also adopt Automotive Industry Standards (AIS) for windows and gates of school buses through yet another amendment. (Pic for representation)
The government will also adopt Automotive Industry Standards (AIS) for windows and gates of school buses through yet another amendment. (Pic for representation)
Published on Dec 22, 2021 12:16 AM IST
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Yogi govt to UPPCL: Provide 24x7 power to all till March

Currently, UPPCL provides 24-hour power only to big cities while district headquarters and villages get electricity for 22 and 18 hours respectively. The energy department has proposed a financial assistance of 5,000 crore for the UPPCL immediately to execute the government’s directions for supply of uninterrupted electricity in the state
To make sure that the UPPCL has adequate cash flow to purchase additional power from producers, the Yogi government is going to make an allocation of more than <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1600 crore in the supplementary budget as additional government subsidy . (Pic for representation)
To make sure that the UPPCL has adequate cash flow to purchase additional power from producers, the Yogi government is going to make an allocation of more than 1600 crore in the supplementary budget as additional government subsidy . (Pic for representation)
Published on Dec 16, 2021 12:00 AM IST
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Centre asks UP govt to ensure discoms begin power tariff revision process immediately

Rural Electrification Corporation has explained certain conditions that discoms need to fulfil to be able to participate in ambitious power reform scheme
It has been emphasised that discoms should have the power tariff order effective for the FY 2022-23 approved by the appropriate electricity regulatory commission for implementation from April 1, 2022. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
It has been emphasised that discoms should have the power tariff order effective for the FY 2022-23 approved by the appropriate electricity regulatory commission for implementation from April 1, 2022. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Published on Dec 11, 2021 12:19 AM IST
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UP govt starts withdrawing stubble burning cases against farmers

During last two years, the government has already dropped, at one go, around three lakh cases registered against people for violation of Covid-19 lockdown in the state
Decision being seen as a move to appease farmers before assembly elections (File Photo)
Decision being seen as a move to appease farmers before assembly elections (File Photo)
Updated on Dec 08, 2021 01:07 AM IST
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UP puts its decision to sell bio-diesel directly to consumers on hold

The decision was taken after the state government officials sensed that the Central government may ban retail sale of biodiesel by manufacturers directly to consumers very soon.
Biofuel (Pic For Representation)
Biofuel (Pic For Representation)
Updated on Dec 02, 2021 12:42 AM IST
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More than law, expansion of MSP coverage needed: Experts

The government must think of giving MSP benefits to more farmers by making fundamental changes in the current system of procurement, experts suggest
MSP (Minimum Support Price) is a threshold price that acts as a safety net for farmers when they sell particular crops (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
MSP (Minimum Support Price) is a threshold price that acts as a safety net for farmers when they sell particular crops (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Published on Nov 27, 2021 12:10 AM IST
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Power load: 3 Noida engineers found guilty of giving fiscal benefits to builder

The action by the three Noida engineers has led to loss of more than 10 crore to UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL)
A departmental inquiry committee has found three Noida engineers guilty of illegally giving financial benefits to a colonizer while sanctioning the power load for the Gaur Saundaryam multi-storey residential complex in Greater Noida (Pic for representation)
A departmental inquiry committee has found three Noida engineers guilty of illegally giving financial benefits to a colonizer while sanctioning the power load for the Gaur Saundaryam multi-storey residential complex in Greater Noida (Pic for representation)
Updated on Nov 17, 2021 11:34 PM IST
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UP to get DAP fertiliser as per its requirement for Nov, Dec, assures Centre

The Centre has assured the UP government that shortage of diammonium phosphate (DAP) will not be allowed to take place in the state
The Centre has assured the UP government that shortage of diammonium phosphate (DAP) will not be allowed to take place in the state (For Representation)
The Centre has assured the UP government that shortage of diammonium phosphate (DAP) will not be allowed to take place in the state (For Representation)
Updated on Nov 13, 2021 11:02 PM IST
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UPSRTC wants govt to pay 544 cr for ferrying migrants, deploying buses for panchayat polls

During the first wave of the pandemic between March 27 and June 30, 2020, the UPSRTC deployed 3,905 buses at the government’s behest to ferry 33.93 lakh migrants/other passengers
A view of the Maharajpur Bus Stand in Ghaziabad, India on Thursday, October 21, 2021. UP State Road Transport Corporation placed a demand for 200 new CNG buses as part of the traffic management plan for Kaushambi. (HT Photo)
A view of the Maharajpur Bus Stand in Ghaziabad, India on Thursday, October 21, 2021. UP State Road Transport Corporation placed a demand for 200 new CNG buses as part of the traffic management plan for Kaushambi. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 10, 2021 10:37 PM IST
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Comply with order on security deposit interest payment or face action: UPERC to discoms

Passing severe strictures against discoms for still not complying with its order asking it to pay consumers the interest on their security deposit, UPERC gave them three-month time as last chance
Passing severe strictures against discoms for still not complying with its order asking it to pay consumers the interest on their security deposit, UPERC gave them three-month time as last chance
Passing severe strictures against discoms for still not complying with its order asking it to pay consumers the interest on their security deposit, UPERC gave them three-month time as last chance
Published on Oct 30, 2021 10:42 PM IST
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Uttar Pradesh: Discoms asked to adjust interest on security deposit in electricity bills

UP Power Corporation Ltd has finally set in motion the process of feeding the amount of the security deposits in official records and then start paying the same to them, albeit, in a staggered manner
In Uttar Pradesh, there are around 50 lakh power consumers whose security deposit data have not been fed by discoms since 2003. (HT file)
In Uttar Pradesh, there are around 50 lakh power consumers whose security deposit data have not been fed by discoms since 2003. (HT file)
Published on Oct 26, 2021 12:08 AM IST
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Man-tiger peaceful co-existence: Pilibhit district administration coaxes farmers to switch from cane to other cash crops

There appears to be a shift taking place in Pilibhit district of Uttar Pradesh, where humans and tigers can coexist peacefully in their defined territories after decades of bloody conflict
Farmers living in the villages around the jungle now look to enhance their income. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Farmers living in the villages around the jungle now look to enhance their income. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 25, 2021 12:29 AM IST
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Crop damage: UP govt may have to compensate farmers liberally

In view of the paddy and groundnut crops being destroyed by the recent rain and floods in the terai region, the UP government faces the challenge to liberally compensate farmers for damage, not only by giving them cash but also several other concessions in terms of recovery electricity bills, land revenue etc
The UP government may announce a relief package for farmers who suffered crop damage, once it received the actual estimates of losses. (Pic for representation)
The UP government may announce a relief package for farmers who suffered crop damage, once it received the actual estimates of losses. (Pic for representation)
Published on Oct 23, 2021 11:26 PM IST
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Authorities try crop diversification to check human-animal conflict around UP

Gurumangat Singh Cheema, a farmer, said he has begun growing mentha and potato in his four-acre field and gets equally good returns without any fear of tigers, who would easily hide in cane fields earlier
Authorities in UP’s Pilibhit are running a campaign to motivate and train farmers for alternative safer crops which would reduce human-animal conflicts. (AFP Photo)
Authorities in UP’s Pilibhit are running a campaign to motivate and train farmers for alternative safer crops which would reduce human-animal conflicts. (AFP Photo)
Updated on Oct 21, 2021 10:09 AM IST
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Submit affidavits declaring that no dowry was taken: UP officials told

All government servants married after April 31, 2004, will have to email affidavits to that effect by October 18
Uttar Pradesh government officials have been asked to submit affidavits declaring that no dowry was taken during their marriage. (Representational image)
Uttar Pradesh government officials have been asked to submit affidavits declaring that no dowry was taken during their marriage. (Representational image)
Updated on Oct 17, 2021 04:42 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Lucknow

‘No dowry’ affidavit sought from UP govt servants married after March 31, 2004

A recent circular issued by the department of women’s welfare, UP, says all government servants In Uttar Pradesh who were married after March 31, 2004, have to submit an affidavit declaring that they did not receive any dowry in their marriage.
This is probably for the first time when the department has sought ‘no dowry’ affidavit from UP government servants in a serious bid to get the provisions of the anti-dowry law enforced in the state. (Pic for representation)
This is probably for the first time when the department has sought ‘no dowry’ affidavit from UP government servants in a serious bid to get the provisions of the anti-dowry law enforced in the state. (Pic for representation)
Published on Oct 16, 2021 10:58 PM IST
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Coal shortage hits power production in UP

Coal shortage has led to rural and semi-urban areas facing additional load-shedding and getting power for 12 hours only
Coal shortage: UP’s power plants are fast running out of coal supply with most reporting just two- three days is stocks left. (HT File Photo)
Coal shortage: UP’s power plants are fast running out of coal supply with most reporting just two- three days is stocks left. (HT File Photo)
Published on Oct 09, 2021 11:59 PM IST
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LESA bill revision scam: SIT begins investigation

The scam that took place between 2004 and 2008 in Lucknow was estimated to have had caused a revenue loss of more than 2.50 crore to UPPCL
The scam that took place between 2004 and 2008 in Lucknow was estimated to have had caused a revenue loss of more than <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2.50 crore to UPPCL (HT file)
The scam that took place between 2004 and 2008 in Lucknow was estimated to have had caused a revenue loss of more than 2.50 crore to UPPCL (HT file)
Published on Oct 08, 2021 11:38 PM IST
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UPPCL engineers’ demand for higher pay boomerangs

Uttar Pradesh government questions why loss ridden corporation giving higher salaries to its personnel and deviating from a policy decision
The engineers are organising protests to demand, among other things, higher pay scales (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
The engineers are organising protests to demand, among other things, higher pay scales (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Updated on Oct 07, 2021 02:19 AM IST
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Temporary power connections: Inquiry points to nexus between engineers, builders in Noida, Greater Noida

The UPPCL management has already issued charge sheets to 23 engineers and three clerks after transferring them to distant places on the basis of the inquiry report
A 13-page inquiry report on temporary power connections in Noida and Greater Noida makes startling disclosures. (Representative image)
A 13-page inquiry report on temporary power connections in Noida and Greater Noida makes startling disclosures. (Representative image)
Updated on Oct 02, 2021 10:11 PM IST
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