The first cabinet meeting of UP’s CM Yogi Adityanath will be held today at Lucknow in the evening and meeting will be presided by the chief minister. There are the number of agendas which likely to be chaired but pivotal agendas are the farm loan waiver, electricity in rural areas and an ordinance on slaughterhouses. Adityanath, who on March 19 took charge as the Chief Minister had assured to fulfill all the promises made in the BJP manifesto for development of Uttar Pradesh.
As per the BJP’s manifesto here are the most possible agendas that may come up for discussion.
Small-scale farmers’ loans will be waived off and all loans to small-scale farmers to be given at 0% interest. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised at an election rallies that if the BJP comes to power, he will ensure that government in its first cabinet meeting takes decision to waive of farmers’ loan. A recent report of State Bank of India (SBI) said the Uttar Pradesh government will need Rs27,419.70 crore to waive off loans of farmers.
“State Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi said a proposal on writing off farm loans would be presented before the cabinet when it meets at 5 this evening.”
2. Meat ban
After Adityanath took his oath as CM, a number of meat shops and slaughter houses, mostly illegal, were either attacked or forced shut by vigilantes or by the district administration at various places in the state which led to state-wide strikes by meat sellers against the government’s crackdown on illegal slaughter houses. BJP’s another poll promise of shutter illegal slaughterhouse has not officially backed down from its commitment in the state. However, promises aside, the meat industry is big in UP and a lot of people depend on it for their livelihoods. So, the issue might figure high on the Cabinet meeting’s agenda.
Electoral manifesto promise like electricity in rural areas, road, water, electricity and purification of the Ganga would also be discussed in this cabinet meeting.
Safety of women are the main agenda of Adityanth’s government. It is expected that the Yogi Cabinet may discuss ways to further improve law and order to ensure the safety of women. The “Anti-Romeo Squad” of Uttar Pradesh have already been functioning. Cabinet meeting may give an official sanction to the decision today, or even propose to form a state law in this regard. Special women police task force to monitor women’s safety and 100 fast track courts to take care of women’s concerns will also be the part of cabinet discussion.
Some of the other electoral agendas that the BJP has promised and which are likely to figure in the Cabinet meeting are Triple Talaq, legal possibilities for Ram Mandir and jobs creation for the youth. So now we have to wait for the outcome of the discussion on these agendas which led UP towards development.