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Formulate strategy for doubling agricultural production: Ms. Mayawati

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati directed the officers to formulate strategy for doubling the agricultural production of the state and present it before the State Cabinet within a month. She directed the officers to take punitive action against those who had furnished wrong income certificates to avail government facilities. She also decided to replace Jal Nigam with other department or any other agency for the installation of and-pumps under the rural drinking water programme, so that its resources could be fully utilised for the large projects.

The C.M. gave these directives when the Cabinet Secretary Mr. Shashank Shekhar Singh, Chief Secretary Mr. Atul Kumar Gupta and Additional Cabinet Secretary Mr. Vijay Shankar Pandey apprised her of the feedback of the monthly review meeting of the Principal Secretaries/Secretaries of all the departments.Ms. Mayawati said that her government wanted to make the farmers of the state prosperous and happy and with this view it had taken several important decisions. She asked the officers of all the related departments to prepare a strategy for doubling agricultural production and present it before the Cabinet within a span of one month. She said that a consolidated action plan should be formulated with the coordination between agriculture and related activities, so that the farmers got various agricultural inputs/facilities like fertilisers, certified seeds, soil testing and irrigation timely and also in a smooth manner, so that the income of the farmers could be increased twice in next three years. She said that adequate quantity of fertilisers should be stored before the start of the crop cycle, so that the farmers had no difficulty in getting fertilisers. She directed the DMs to keep a check on the distribution of fertilisers by private sellers. She said that priority should be accorded to such proposals to be sent to the Government of India under the Backward Area Grant Fund in the next fiscal, which ensured creation of enough agricultural infrastructure in the rural areas. She said that the number of Mandis should be increased, so that the farmers got fair prices of their produce. The C.M. said that the officers of the Medical Department should review the number of operations being undertaken by all the surgeons everyday and ensure that the set parameters were strictly adhered to. She also asked them to review the parameters set for operations by the surgeons and set new parameters for the same. She directed that the utilisation of beds available in all the hospitals should be improved, so that the people of the rural areas got better medical facilities. She
further directed that the facility of OPD, x-ray and pathology should be made available round the clock at the hospitals. She said that the National Health Insurance Scheme should be extensively reviewed by the Health Department to assess its viability for BPL families.

Ms. Mayawati also directed the officers to prepare an action plan for increasing transportation facility in the rural areas. She asked the officers of the Transport Department to immediately issue permits for plying of buses to the small private transporters and take action for plying of buses on the newly identified routes. Reviewing the programmes of Social Welfare Department, Ms.Mayawati directed to constitute a committee under the Chairmanship of
Principal Secretary Social Welfare, in view of complaints with regard to benefits being received by ineligible beneficiaries on the basis of false
income certificate. Secretary/Principal Secretary of Revenue, Rural Development, Planning, Finance, Food and Civil Supplies Departments
will be the members of this committee, which would ensure a fool-proof arrangement for issuing income certificate considering all the facts, so
that eligible persons could get the benefit of departmental schemes. The Chief Minister directed to computerise the data of destitute women pension and physically handicapped pension beneficiaries besides, getting the amount according to fixed number by Government of India in these two heads. Expressing concern over the number of few beneficiaries of Mahamaya Gharib Balika Ashirwad Yojna, she directed that this scheme should be publicised on a large scale and certificate should be taken every month from district programme officer for no pending of application and all the applications available had been forwarded. She said that all scholarships and pension schemes second instalment should be released compulsorily by December 31, so that all
the beneficiaries could be benefited by schemes timely. Ms. Mayawati directed to fulfil the vacant posts of HODs/AHODs of departments at all costs by January 15, 2010, so that works of departments could not be affected. She also directed to fill the posts of SC/ST in several departments. She said that ST people were living in a large number in Sonebhadra and Mirzapur. Large scale publicity should be made in these districts keeping in view to fill these vacant posts especially, so that the people of naxal-affected areas could get employment opportunities. The Chief Minister said that several officers were not visiting fields to verify development works. She directed that officers should visit twice a month on regular basis to ensure the verification of development works and make the report of spot verification available to the Government. She said that only few months had been left in the closure of financial year, therefore the remaining amount against the programmes and schemes should be released soon to speed up development works. She directed to take action against the departments, which had slow pace for development works despite the availability of money.

Ms. Mayawati directed the Electricity Department to speed up revenue realisation and prevent power theft by examining the data electricity sub-station wise. She directed for taking stringent action against the responsible officers/employees failing in it. She said that several projects of Electricity Department were being held up due to non supply of materials on time. She directed the officers of Electricity Department to ensure the supply of materials timely. Directing to increase the revenue realisation, she said that if needed, policy should be made to simplify one-time settlement scheme.
Reviewing the works of Irrigation Department, the Chief Minister directed that work on projects, which had been sent to Government of India should be started by getting immediate sanction to prevent floods in future in areas affected last year. She directed the Irrigation Department to implement the action plan for better use of available irrigation capacity. Ms. Mayawati, while reviewing the primary education directed to make arrangements for assessment of students. She also directed to complete the urban infrastructure facilities timely. Keeping in view, the large difference between the wholesale and retail rates, the Chief Minister directed to take action against the officers responsible for it. She said that action should be taken under Essential Commodities Act, if needed. Directing to check the construction of religious spots on public places/properties, she said that regular
monitoring should be done at district level for it.

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