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Lucknow: A petition challenging the compensation given by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to the family of Mohammed Akhlaq, who was lynched by a mob in Dadri, has been filed on Wednesday.

The petition has been filed in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court by social activist Nutan Thakur.

Akhlaq’s family was given financial assistance of Rs.45 lakh by the chief minister.

Citing similar compensations of Rs.50 lakh and Rs.20 lakh, respectively, to Zia-Ul-Haq and village head Nanhe Yadav’s family in the Kunda triple murder incident, Thakur had filed a petition in 2013 requesting the court to direct the state government to frame a definite policy for compensation in murder cases.

On this, the court had ordered the state government to present its policy over murder compensation.

In the affidavit filed by then principal secretary (Home) R.M. Srivasatav, the state government said it already has definite policies for compensation, where for deaths of government servants in special hazardous conditions, Rs.15 lakh was given, while the death of earning members of destitute families was compensated through the Chief Minister’s Discretionary Fund where the limit was Rs.5 lakh, though the chief minister can provide higher amounts on his discretion.

As per the affidavit, Zia-Ul-Haq was compensated through ex-Gratia rules and the chief minister’s discretion while Yadav’s family was compensated through the UP Discretionary Fund.

Thakur on Wednesday presented an application before the high court, saying that even after this petition, the state government has been awarding such compensation quite arbitrarily as seen in the Jagendra Singh and Akhlaq cases, and hence the matter be heard at the earliest to stop this arbitrariness.

(With inputs from IANS)

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To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a "Selfie with Green UP"

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day
9.26 cr saplings planted in UP on Independence Day. Flickr

Uttar Pradesh surpassed its own target of planting 9 crore saplings in a single day when by end of Wednesday, 9.26 crore saplings were planted, an official said on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, soon after the record was breached, congratulated officials over the feat.

Briefing reporters on the success, Minister of Forests and Environment, Dara Singh Chauhan said at the last count, 9.26 crore saplings had been planted across the state and the number was likely to go up when a final headcount will be done within a day.

Adityanath planted saplings at Kusmahi forest in Gorakhpur while Governor Ram Naik planted a sapling at the Gomti riverfront in the state capital.

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A plantation drive in Ghaziabad.

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a “Selfie with Green UP”, a campaign which was an instant hit, with many social organisations, schools and even bureaucrats clicking selfie pictures with plants.

MPs, legislators, women, youth, public representatives and NCC cadets also participated in the plantation drive that went on through out the day, officials told IANS.

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Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) S.K. Upadhyaya said that the last date of the ‘selfie with green UP’ campaign would go on till August 20, after which the best selfies would be selected and awarded at district level. (IANS)