Mulayam busy in presisding meetings before poll results

Updated on May 10, 2007 05:59 AM IST
Mulayam Singh Yadav found some time to preside over a meeting of the state cabinet that decided to recommend prorogation of two houses of state legislature, reports Umesh Raghuvanshi.
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Amidst keen wait for the poll results the Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav found some time to preside over a meeting of the state cabinet that decided to recommend prorogation of two houses of state legislature, sanctioned Rs 10 crore for some projects in his native village Saifai.

As per the decision the State Cabinet decided to sanction of Rs 2.11 crore for construction of 6 additional suites in officers guesthouse at Saifai in Etawah. A sum of Rs 6.92 crore would be given to construct indoor stadium and complete cricket stadium, its ground and pitch etc.

Replying to a question Chief Minister however said there were 22 items listed on the state cabinet's agenda. Most of the items on the agenda were routine in nature, he said. His cabinet colleagues said Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over peaceful conduct of poll in the state.

Asked about exit poll the Chief Minister said he would speak on the issue only after counting. “I will speak only after May 14,” said the Chief Minister. Besides recommending prorogation of the legislature the State Cabinet also decided to extend the Uttar Pradesh Rice Export Policy up to September 30, 2012 with certain modifications. As per the decision the Basmati rice would be exempted from levy. At the same time levy would be imposed on the rice in the non-Basmati category.

The State Cabinet approved the standard format for agreement to be reached with the units that have availed exemptions in stamp duty etc. The units that have not been able to start commercial production and have already availed the exemption in stamp duty on land would be asked to reach an agreement assuring that production would start by March 31, 2008. If such units violate the condition of the agreement the State Government would recover the amount along with 15 percent interest from them.

The State Cabinet decided to extend the compounding scheme for the brick kilns and tiles from October 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007. It decided to extend the UP Masur Dal (pulses) Export Policy up to March 31, 2012. The 'Masur dal' mostly produced in Lucknow, Barabanki, Faizabad, Bareilly, Balrampur, Gonda, Bahraich, Kanpur and Fatehpur districts is exported to Bangladesh and some East Asian countries. As per the decision the State Government would grant two percent trade tax exemption, two percent exemption in Mandi Tax and 0.5 percent exemption of the development cess to exporters. The State Cabinet also decided to grant post work approval to the release of second installment of Rs 1615.008 crore market loan.

The State Cabinet also decided to ban use of liquor at the Uttar Pradesh Bhawan New Delhi. It decided to transfer the recovery of laon given to 11 sugar mills in 2003-2004 to Uttar Pradesh Cooperative Sugar Mills Federation. A decision to merge 50 percent DA of the employees of the UP Backward Classes Commission in the basic salary was also taken.


    Umesh Raghuvanshi is a journalist with over three decade experience. He covers politics, finance, environment and social issues. He has covered all assembly and parliament elections in Uttar Pradesh since 1984.

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