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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

PM lays stone of 1800 MW solar parks, opens 200 MW solar projects for U.P.

These are part of ₹56,000 crore multiple power and infra projects the PM dedicated to the nation or laid foundation stone of them from Telangana’s Adilabad district on March 4

The 200 MW solar projects include a 75 MW project in Kalpi, a 50 MW project in Kanpur Dehat and a 75 MW project in Jalaun district (For Representation)
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 05:18 AM IST

Crop damage: Farmers from only eight districts qualify for compensation

The district-wise data released by the relief commissioner’s office on Monday indicates that crop loss ranges between 5-15% or even less in 33 districts, with no reported loss in 34 districts and losses exceeding 33% have been reported in only eight districts.

For representation (Sourced)
Published on Mar 04, 2024 10:17 PM IST

UP takes stray cattle issue by horns, but is the menace over?

In a clear bid to tackle the issue of stray cattle, particularly to avoid it becoming a focus in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, as it happened during the assembly elections in 2022, the UP government initiated a two-month campaign in November, extending the same several times till February 15

District magistrates and other officials were repeatedly asked to round up all remaining destitute cattle and house them in cow conservation centres. (File Photo)
Published on Feb 28, 2024 10:15 PM IST

Ensure 50% fall in road accident deaths in state: Govt

Chief secretary Mishra aims to reduce road accident deaths in UP by 50% this year. Govt. orders district magistrates to take measures for safer roads.

According to the government, 23,652 people died and 31,098 were injured in 44534 reported cases of road accidents in UP in 2023. This (For representation)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 06:34 AM IST

RLD signals it will vote for BJP in Rajya Sabha polls, takes step closer to tie-up for Lok Sabha election

A day before the voting for the Rajya Sabha polls, all nine RLD MLAs will attend a meeting called by chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow on February 26.

RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary has rebutted reports about dissent among his MLAs. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 05:36 AM IST

Decade after decision, U.P. fishermen to get same benefits as those available to farmers

Despite the Cabinet decision by the then Samajwadi Party (SP) government headed by Akhilesh Yadav in 2014, equating the fisheries sector with agriculture, non-issuance of follow-up orders by the departments like the energy, revenue and irrigation kept fishermen deprived of the perks enjoyed by their agricultural counterparts.

Departments concerned may issue long-pending orders before the Lok Sabha elections, clearing the decks for fishermen to avail of all those benefits that are available to farmers in the state that produces around 9-10 lakh MT of fish annually. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 07:58 AM IST

Solar Rooftop: UP to light up 25 lakh low-income households

UP aims to light up 25 lakh low-income households through rooftop solar power under PM Suryodaya Yojna, offering free electricity and government subsidies.

UP to light up 25 lakh low-income households with solar rooftops (pic for representation)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 09:18 AM IST

Green energy push at GBC: Towards clean growth while meeting power deficit

Green energy accounted for over 14% of around ₹10 lakh projects launched in the ceremony inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 10:53 PM IST

U.P. poised to unveil 182 renewable energy projects worth over 1.30 lakh cr

“A total of 182 projects related to renewable energy, with investment of ₹130210.35 crore are ready for launch in the GBC on Monday,” a senior official of the department of alternative energy said. “Only those projects for which land has been made available and which have got the government’s nod have been selected for the groundbreaking ceremony,” he added.

Of the total 182 renewable projects identified for the GBC, 42 projects worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>55,806 crore pertain to solar power. (Pic for representation)
Published on Feb 16, 2024 10:22 PM IST

All RLD MLAs authorise Jayant to decide on alliance

An RLD MLA told HT after the meeting in Delhi that a formal announcement on the RLD-BJP alliance was expected in a day or two after Jayant Chaudhary had a meeting with the top BJP leadership on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s return from the foreign tour.

Jayant has given ample indications quite a few times about his decision to break away from his party’s alliance with the Samajwadi Party but he has not made any formal and direct announcement in this regard so far. (HT FILE)
Published on Feb 15, 2024 09:07 PM IST

Paddy procurement at MSP: UP falls short of target, claims farmers prefer open market

Govt acquired only 52.29 lakh metric tonnes of paddy, which is not just 75% of the 70 lakh MT target and one of the lowest in recent years, but also less than the state’s annual rice requirement under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), shows data

Around 8 lakh of more than 10.45 lakh farmers, who registered themselves with the food and civil supplies department, sold their paddy to the government that had set up 5,207 purchase centres across the state. The government disbursed more than <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10,000 crore to farmers’ accounts as MSP. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 05:08 AM IST

How will RLD's exit affect INDIA’s poll prospects?

The move may consolidate Jat voters in favour of the BJP in Western UP, Rajasthan and Haryana, but SP still remains the Muslim voters’ choice.

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Jayant Singh (ANI File)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 06:00 PM IST

UP poised for rooftop solar makeover of govt buildings

The state unveils roadmap for solarisation of govt buildings to tap potential of 1550 MW solar power through rooftop systems

UP poised for rooftop solar makeover of govt buildings (Pic for Representation)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 05:44 AM IST

Took decision after consulting partymen: Jayant on joining NDA

“I took this decision only after speaking to all the MLAs and workers of my party. There was no advance planning behind this decision. We had to make this decision within a short time because of the circumstances. We want to do something good for the people,” Jayant said.

RLD might get two Lok Sabha seats, Baghpat and Bijnor, in addition to a Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 09:59 PM IST

Now, pay power bills at grocery stores also!

UPPCL ties up agencies that will further appoint over 1 lakh agents to help consumers pay power bills without going to the sub-stations; doorstep facility also available

 (Sourced pic for representation)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 08:04 AM IST

SP-RLD divorce on the cards after Jayant’s change of heart

With Jayant’s newfound love for Modi, the coming of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) into the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) fold and divorcing the Samajwadi Party, the old ally, is now being seen as a foregone conclusion.

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Jayant Singh (ANI File)
Published on Feb 10, 2024 09:52 PM IST

Disposal of plaints against public servants: Only MPs, MLAs, constitutional body heads to be counted as VIPs

UP government has issued a clarification regarding the categorisation of ‘Very Important Persons’ (VIPs) for the purpose of forwarding complaints against public servants

In cases of complaints received from other sources, the rules mandate taking an affidavit from the complainant and adequate proof for verification of the complainant before any action on the grievance is launched. (Pic for representation)
Published on Jan 31, 2024 09:00 PM IST

UPPCL mulls weeding out deadwood from work force

Pashchimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd (PVVNL) or Meerut discom, one of the five subsidiaries of the UPPCL, has taken the lead by already issuing orders for the initiation of screening exercise

“The screening committees to identify inefficient employees above 50 years of age are being reconstituted in all the discoms as well as at the UPPCL headquarters,” a senior UPPCL official confirmed (Pic for representation)
Published on Jan 30, 2024 08:44 PM IST

Voices in RLD favour strategic shift, all eyes on party chief Jayant Chaudhary now

After the Ayodhya temple event and Nitish Kumar’s switch, many RLD leaders feel it will be politically more expedient for their party to join the BJP-led NDA in Uttar Pradesh

Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 05:04 AM IST

Sans penal provisions, much-awaited lift law poised to be toothless

The new law lacks teeth in the absence of penal provisions that are now being taken out of the draft to avoid creating a sense of fear among the people who are to be held responsible for a lift failure/accident in the state.

The provision of insurance will not be applicable to government lifts. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 06:00 AM IST

Lawyers, scribes form huge chunk of applicants for posts of SCIC, ICs

Changes in service conditions of chief information and information commissioners took much of the charm away from these positions and this is probably the reason why not many prominent bureaucrats showed interest in the positions advertised by the government, says official

The state government, according to people in the know of things, has shortlisted a staggering around 500 applications for the 11 posts, over 50 of them for the post of chief information commissioner to fill all the vacant posts possibly by next month. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Jan 11, 2024 05:34 AM IST

U.P. govt to install solar rooftops on 25K Varanasi households in just two months

After PMO’s missive, UPNEDA devises multi-pronged strategy to achieve feat, ₹225 cr govt subsidy to be disbursed to customers

A solar rooftop on-grid system is a type of solar energy system connected to the main electrical grid. (For Representation)
Updated on Jan 08, 2024 06:36 AM IST

NTPC solar plant in Ayodhya to launch operations partially on Jan 14

Full power generation at the 40 MW plant likely to begin by March 31. Also, foundation was laid for a 5 MW solar plant to be set up by IIA in Shamli on Saturday.

 (For representation)
Updated on Jan 07, 2024 07:32 AM IST

2.06L stray cattle caught in 2-month drive, 21k still on the loose in U.P.

“Around 21,000 stray cattle -- 9,500 in cities and the rest in villages -- remained to be caught when the drive ended on December 31.”

Stray cattle seen in the Sector 78, in Noida, India, on October 04, 2023. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2024 05:14 AM IST

Lucknow: Fears of lingering stir persist all through the day

A senior IOC official SK Tripathi said the strike has disrupted the arrival of fuel tanks and LPG trucks from outside the state as well as their movement within the state.

Amid apprehensions that fuel stations may start running dry and essential goods will be in short supply if the strike prolongs, oil agencies on Tuesday took stock of the situation in the state to make necessary arrangements. (Deepak Gupta)
Updated on Jan 03, 2024 09:16 AM IST

CCTV cameras now mandatory in all school vans in U.P.

The notification, issued by transport principal secretary L Venkateshwarlu, said the provision would come into effect three months after the date of publication of the notification in the Gazette.

 (For representation)
Updated on Jan 02, 2024 07:24 AM IST

DS Mishra poised to be longest serving U.P. chief secy in recent years

IAS officer Durga Shankar Mishra has been given a six-month extension as the chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh, making him the longest-serving chief secretary in recent decades. He has already received three extensions after retirement, and his tenure will be two-and-a-half years if he does not receive another extension. This is a record-breaking tenure, with the previous longest-serving chief secretary having a tenure of 28 months.

The tenure of DS Mishra (in pic) as U.P. chief secretary has been extended for six months. (HT file)
Updated on Dec 31, 2023 11:28 PM IST

Will DS Mishra get another extension as U.P. chief secretary?

The question may be answered in a day or two when the state government announces its decision before Mishra, currently in New Delhi to participate the third National Conference of Chief Secretaries, completes his second extended tenure on December 31.

Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh Durga Shankar Mishra presents a bouquet of flowers to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on his first day after taking the oath of office, with Deputy Chief Ministers Brijesh Pathak, right, and Keshav Prasad Maurya, left, standing beside him in Lucknow on March 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh) (AP File Photo)
Updated on Dec 30, 2023 05:32 AM IST

Kisan Samman Diwas on December 23: Tractors to be gifted to 93 ‘lucky’ farmers, 51 to get keys from CM Yogi

The scheme seeks to give prize coupons on a monthly, quarterly and half-yearly basis to farmers on their mandi transaction of ₹5,000 and above.

HT Image
Updated on Dec 22, 2023 05:08 AM IST

Overloaded server causes breakdown of online transport services

Officials say NIC server often slows down or breaks down everyday causing huge inconvenience to public

Overloaded server causes breakdown of online transport services (Pic for representation)
Updated on Dec 14, 2023 09:00 AM IST
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