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UP CM Yogi Adityanath to ensure Electricity in entire UP by 2019, Villages to get uninterrupted Power Supply

Government aims at making UP energy efficient by 2018

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Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. Twitter

Lucknow, Apr 11, 2017: UP CM Yogi Adityanath takes a few more steps as he calls his second state cabinet meeting since assuming the office last month. It was decided that district headquarters will get a 24-hour power supply, Power Minister Shrikant Sharma told reporters here after the three-hour-long meeting.

The chief minister directed the power department to ensure that defective or burnt transformers are replaced expeditiously in rural areas so that agricultural operations do not suffer, he said.

Sharma said the ambitious ‘Power for All’ pact will be signed by Adityanath and Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal here on April 14 to meet the Centre’s target of making the state energy efficient by 2018 and help in ensuring power in all UP villages before 2019, mentioned PTI.

“It was the order of the Chief Minister that all Shaktipeeths are supplied 24-hour power during Navratris and we have been successful in it…examinations are on and students should get power during the night so that they do not have to suffer,” Sharma said.
The CM ordered 18-hour power supply in villages, 20-hour at tehsil level and in Bundelkhand region besides deciding to ink a pact with the Centre to ensure electricity in all UP villages by 2019.
The chief minister directed the officials to ensure uninterrupted supply to the villages from 6 in the evening to 6 in the morning so as to help the students prepare for exams.

“It is the dream of BJP chief Amit Shah and the Chief Minister that every house, every poor, and every village get power by 2018,” Sharma said.

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On former CM Akhilesh Yadav’s statement that there is nothing new in providing power during Navratri and Ramnavami, he said the earlier roster system was not implemented on the ground and remained restricted to the CM’s residence, Shakti Bhawan and for the VIPs.

“The difference is, our VIPs are poor residing in villages. We will take action against officers if the roster is not implemented at the rural level, which was ignored ealier. The government is working for providing 24-hour power supply by October 2018,” he said.
In a bid to end woes of potato growers, the cabinet decided to purchase 1 lakh metric tonnes of potato at Rs 487 per quintal.

“Government aims at giving adequate price to potato growers. If we cannot give them profit, we want to give them price of their produce,” Sharma said.

For cane growers, the cabinet decided to ensure payment of their current cane dues within 14 days and old dues within 120 days.

“Legal action will also be taken against sugar mills if they fail to make payments,” he said.

-prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram Twitter @NikitaTayal6

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Yogi Government to Allow Extra Concessions in Lockdown 4.0

Extra concessions likely in UP in lockdown 4.0

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Yogi Adityanath's government to provide extra concessions during lockdown 4.0. Wikimedia Commons

As the country prepares to enter lockdown 4.0 after May 17, the Yogi Adityanath government is likely to give some concessions and allow some more businesses to operate, albeit with conditions for following safety protocols.

The state government is expected to allow shops selling milk and milk products to open up.

During the lockdown, while local dairies have been severely hit, it is the milk producing giants that sell packaged milk that have benefited.

“In the first month of the lockdown, milk vendors were not allowed to move on the roads and local dairies were left with unsold stocks and suffered huge losses. People opted for packaged milk since the milkman was not available,” said a senior official.

The government now plans to allow sale of milk products from small outlets selling milk products like “lassi”, etc.

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The ‘halwai’ association appealed to the Chief Minister to allow them to resume business. Wikimedia Commons

The ‘halwai’ association has also appealed to the Chief Minister to allow them to resume business since they belong to the small category.

Shops selling spectacles have also urged the Chief Minister to allow them to reopen shops since eyewear is considered an essential item.

Dentists are also on the list and dental clinics may be allowed to resume functioning on conditions of maintaining social distancing.

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Restrictions, however, will continue in hotspots and red zone areas where the lockdown will continue to remain firmly in place.

According to sources, Yogi Adityanath had taken feedback from his ministers during a meeting and majority of them were in favour of continuing with restrictions till the spread of corona was checked effectively.

It is noteworthy that all 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh are now corona-infected and hotspots, including Lucknow continue to see a rise in number of corona positive cases. (IANS)

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Congress Launches Chat Portal to Help UP Stranded Workers

The initiataive is by UP Congress to help migrants

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In Jharkhand COVID-19 tally reached 174 consisting of mostly Migrant labourers. Pixabay

To help the migrant workers stranded in several states, the Congress, here on Saturday, launched a web portal, even as the political slugfest continued over rail fares of migrants being ferried by Shramik Special trains.

The Congress launched chat portal tinyurl.com/UPmitra to help UP workers stranded in other states as well as those stuck in the state. The portal has been developed by Valuefirst free of cost.

“We have launched this chat portal to provide help to those in need. The problems raised by them will be listed and the party workers will help them,” UP Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu said.

The list of the problems would also be shared with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, he added.

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The problems of the migrants will also be shared with the CM of UP. Pixabay

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The Congress, he said, was running community kitchen in 17 UP districts since the nationwide lockdown was announced to combat the spread of Covid-19. Meals and ration had been provided to over 47 lakh people, he added.

On Friday, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra sent over 100,000 face masks to Lucknow to help deal with the pandemic.

The party has also helped over 400,000 migrant workers in the state. (IANS)

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COVID-19 Spreads At an Alarming Rate in Africa: WHO

WHO Warns COVID-19 Accelerating in Africa

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The WHO has confirmed more than 8,300 cases of coronavirus in Africa, including nearly 400 deaths. Wikimedia Commons

By Lisa Schlein

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that COVID-19 is spreading at an alarming rate in rural areas of Africa and says urgent help is needed to strengthen the continent’s fragile health system.

The WHO has confirmed more than 8,300 cases of coronavirus in Africa, including nearly 400 deaths. That figure pales compared to the number of cases elsewhere. Latest global figures put the number of coronavirus cases at more than 1.6 million, with deaths now topping 100,000.

However, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns of a spate of cases and deaths that will be hard to control unless African countries get international support to shore up their health care systems.

“We are now seeing clusters of cases and community spread in more than 16 countries,” he said. “We anticipate severe hardship for already overstretched health systems, particularly in rural areas, which normally lack the resources of those in cities.”

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People wash hands in multiple basins installed by a pharmaceutical company to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Mushin Market in Lagos. VOA

On a slightly happier note, Tedros said the coronavirus pandemic appears to be slowing in some of the hardest-hit countries in Europe, including Spain, Italy, Germany and France.

They are among a number of countries globally that have imposed tight restrictions, including self-isolation and social distancing, to stop transmission of the virus. Tedros noted those measures appear to be working.

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But he worries that some countries already are planning on lifting the restrictions.

“WHO wants to see restrictions lifted as much as anyone,” he said. “At the same time, lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence. The way down can be as dangerous as the way up if not managed properly.”

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WHO chief Tedros says a number of factors must be in place before restrictions are lifted. For example, he said, countries must make sure transmission of the virus is controlled, medical services are available, outbreaks in special settings such as nursing homes are minimized, and importation risks are minimized.

Tedros said every person has a role to play in ending the pandemic. That means governments must ensure communities are fully aware and committed to lifting restrictions before they move ahead. (VOA)