Govt to withdraw cases against farmers booked for stubble burning: UP CM

Aug 26, 2021 12:47 AM IST


A group of progressive farmers that met the CM at his residence on Wednesday. (Sourced)
A group of progressive farmers that met the CM at his residence on Wednesday. (Sourced)

LUCKNOW Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday made a slew of populist announcements for farmers ahead of the assembly elections in the state early next year.

Interacting with some progressive farmers at his residence here, he announced that the government would withdraw cases against farmers and revoke fines imposed on them for burning crop residue in the fields.

He also said that having cleared 1.42 lakh crore cane arrears pending since 2010, his government would now enhance the state support price of cane after consulting all the stakeholders in this regard. The crushing of cane in sugar mills would start from October 20 in the western region, from October 25 in the central region and in the first week of November in the eastern region, added the CM.

The CM further said that famers’ power connections would not be snapped for dues and the government would also bring a one-time settlement scheme (OTS) to waive interest on the power dues.

He said the government was committed to the welfare of farmers and bringing about qualitative change in their lives by enhancing their income with the help of various schemes launched by the central and state governments.

The government purchased a record 56 lakh MT of wheat from farmers on the minimum support price despite the pandemic whereas wheat purchase was as low as six lakh MT in 2016-17, said Yogi Adityanath.

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