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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Lalitpur (Uttar Pradesh): A 660 MW unit of Lalitpur Power Generation Company Ltd (LPGCL) was inaugurated on Sunday by Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and PWD Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav.

Photo Credit: Economic Times
Photo Credit: Economic Times

Addressing a public rally later, Mulayam Singh, a former state chief minister, said his party’s government had always worked for improvement in the power sector and would continue to do so.

“It is one state where maximum development work is being done,” he said while lauding his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav and son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for fulfilling the promises made in the election manifesto.

Akhilesh Yadav was scheduled to be present too, but could not make it.

The inaugurated unit is part of a 1,980 MW super-critical thermal power plant at Mirchwara.

LPGCL, a part of the Bajaj group, had signed an MoU with the Uttar Pradesh government in April 2010 for setting up three 660 MW units of a state-of-art super critical thermal power plant.

While the first unit has now been commissioned successfully, the other units are in advanced stage of completion and are scheduled for commissioning soon, Bajaj Group vice-chairman Kushagra Bajaj told IANS.

The main plant package is being executed by BHEL while other important packages have been undertaken by L&T, Paharpur and Simplex, officials said. The power produced from this project will be supplied to the UP discoms as per regulated tariff.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Yogi Adityanath Government in Uttar Pradesh Offering Cows for Adoption

The state government will pay a sum of Rs 30 per day to the person who adopts a cow for maintenance

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This is being done to check the growing problem of stray cows. Pixabay

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is now offering cows for adoption. This is being done to check the growing problem of stray cows.

The state government will pay a sum of Rs 30 per day to the person who adopts a cow for maintenance. People living in semi-urban and rural areas can adopt up to four stray cows, bulls and calves.

The scheme called the ‘Nirashrit/Besahara Govansh Sahbhagita Yojana’ was introduced on August 8 for management of stray cattle, but the execution order was issued on September 9.

The response has been overwhelming with the Lucknow administration having received 1,500 applications by Wednesday evening.

Yogi Adityanath, Government, Uttar Pradesh
The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is now offering cows for adoption. Pixabay

Chief veterinary officer Tej Singh Yadav said, “We have received 1,500 adoption applications, mostly from farmers and landless daily wage earners. The scheme will add to their income and will help control stray cattle, responsible for damaging crops in villages and causing accidents in city.”

Of the 24,940 animals caught so far in Lucknow district, 9,079 have been ear-tagged and are available for adoption.

Over 4,400 are available with Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC), followed by 895 in Mohanlalganj, 833 in Maal and 789 in Malihabad blocks in the state.

According to LMC director (animal welfare) Arvind Rao, “The process of verification is underway and we will hand over the animals to deserving applicants in 15 days.”

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The state veterinary department will also conduct regular inspection of foster homes. “If an animal is sick, the owner will have to inform the department, which will arrange for free treatment. However, in case of death, a postmortem will be done to ascertain the cause and action will be taken if there is a foul play,” he explained.

Officials denied that Rs 30 per day was insufficient to feed a cow and said that non-crop fields on the outskirts of the city would allow foster homes to easily feed the adopted animal. The money can be saved. It will be an additional source of income for the poor families, they said.

The animals are being ear-tagged for easy identification if abandoned after adoption. “(IANS)