Yogi waives farm loans up to Rs. 1 lakh

first_imgThe Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, at its first Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, announced its decision to waive farmers’ loans worth ₹30,729 crore, writing off all farm loans up to ₹1 lakh.The government will also settle around ₹6,000 crore of NPAs of seven lakh small and marginalised farmers, to whom the banks had stopped issuing loans, through a one-time paymentThe double decision, a major promise made as part of the BJP’s poll campaign, will benefit over 86 lakh small and marginalised farmers, who had taken loans until March 31, 2016. The total cost to the State exchequer will amount to ₹36,000 crore.Also Read  The decisions were passed in the first cabinet meeting called by the Chief Minister . Cabinet ministers Shrikant Sharma and Sidharth Nath Singh briefed the media about the decisions.The decisions are expected to be passed in the forthcoming Budget Session. Sidharth Nath Singh described the first cabinet meeting as the “beginning of the Sankalp Patr agenda implementation.”The government also said that all farmers having up to 5 acre land will be counted as small farmers, while those with 2.5-acre land will be categorized as marginalised farmers. Along with it, the State would also set up 5000 centres for wheat procurement and would start of by purchasing 40 lakh metric tonnes of wheat at a rate of Rs 10 per more than the minimum support price per quintal.The purchase will directly purchase the wheat on the basis of their Aadhar cars without the involvement of middlemen. A “Kisan Rahat Bond” will be introduced for raising money for the farm loan waiver.In its election manifesto, the BJP had reached out to the peasant community, promising waiver of crop loans for marginal farmers and loan with zero interest rate for marginal farmers.While BJP leaders celebrated the cabinet’s decision, opposition parties criticized the government’s decision to waive off loans up to Rs 1 lakh saying it deceived the poor and marginal farmers.SP president and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said by putting a Rs 1 lakh cap on the loan waiver, the BJP government had betrayed poor farmers.. “The promise was for a full loan waiver, not with a cap. Crores of farmers are feeling cheated due to the cap of Rs `1 lakh. This is betrayal of poor farmers,” Mr. Yadav tweeted.Randeep Surjewala, Congress spokesperson, said the loan waiver was “incomplete” and a “ardhsatya.”“Oont ke munh mein jeera, nahi hua vayda poora,” he said, claiming that the loan waiver step would not provide relief to the farmer or rescue them from the grip of debt.Mr. Surjewala argued that farmer loans in the State amounted to Rs 92,000 crore but the State had only waived off Rs 36000. Marginalised and small farmers would not be benefitted. “Out of the 2.33 crore farmers in UP, 2.15 crore are small and marginal farmers,” he said. Farm loan waiver, the first challenge for Adityanathlast_img

Kerala fisher’s body to be sent back from Maharashtra

first_imgThe Maharashtra government has made arrangements to send the body of a Kerala fisherman, who died off the Maharashtra coast, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Tuesday. Mr. Fadnavis’ response came after Congress MP and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor reached out to him on Twitter.“Dear Mr. Tharoor, Ratnagiri Collector already in touch with Thiruvananthapuram Collector since Monday afternoon. All necessary arrangements being done to transport body of Kerala fisherman,” Mr. Fadnavis tweeted.Earlier, Mr. Tharoor had urged the body of fisherman Rajumon floating near the Maharashtra coast be send back urgently. A total of nine persons were not the boat when tragedy struck in which one person lost his life. Reports said Rajumon, 41, died after falling sick.“Dear @Dev_Fadnavis, Rajumon (41), a Kerala fisherman, died at sea. His boat is now near the Maharashtra coast. Need help to bring the body to shore and to transport by air to Thiruvananthapuram. Please facilitate” Mr. Tharoor had tweeted.The Congress MP later tweeted an update and thanked the state government for the efforts when the body reached Ratnagiri’s local hospital. “It will be transported to Thiruvananthapuram after autopsy, I thank the Maharashtra government for co-operation.”last_img read more

Thunder center Kanter says father arrested in Turkey

first_imgMOST READ The Oklahoma City Thunder center, who had voiced support for Muslim cleric Fethulla Gulen in Twitter postings after an attempted putsch last July aimed at ousting Erdogan, said thousands in Turkey could face similar fates for their support of the Gulen-inspired Hizmet, which he calls a social initiative advocating for human rights.Turkey, meanwhile, accuses US-based Gulen of ordering the failed coup and refers to the movement as the “Fethulla Terrorist Organization”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKanter’s family has publicly denounced the player’s support of Gulen.The pro-government Anadolu news agency reported Friday that Mehmet Kanter had been placed in protective custody in connection with an inquiry targeting Gulen. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEW YORK, NY – MAY 22: Turkish NBA Player Enes Kanter speaks to media during a news conference about his detention at a Romanian airport on May 22, 2017 in New York City. Kanter returned to the U.S. after being detained for several hours at a Romanian airport following statements he made criticizing Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFPTurkish NBA player Enes Kanter, an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Friday his father had been arrested in Istanbul and could face torture.“My father is arrested because of my outspoken criticism of the ruling party,” Kanter wrote on his website. “He may get tortured for simply being my family member.”ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The arrest came a week after a warrant was issued for Enes Kanter, whose passport has been cancelled by Turkish authorities.Kanter, who has compared Erdogan to Adolf Hitler, was briefly detained in Romania on May 20 but returned to the United States with his green card, telling reporters he wanted to seek American citizenship.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Stosur urges Court to stop comments about same-sex marriage Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudslast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Bendel Caira Are Serving For The Right Reasons

first_imgDear Editor,As a Wilmington senior citizen who watches the Selectmen meetings weekly, I would like to offer my strong support and endorsement for Greg Bendel. He was elected to the Board of Selectmen three years ago and has shown by his action, knowledge, and deep concern for ALL of the residents of Wilmington.As an educator and coach, he is well aware of the needs of our children. Having served on the Wilmington Housing Authority, he is concerned and motivated to help our citizens. Raising a young family in Wilmington, he is aware of all the problems we share and all the great things Wilmington has to offer.Greg is available and makes it a priority to attend as many of the meetings and functions around town, knowing first hand of the wants and needs of the people. Along with Kevin Caira, who was elected to the Board three years ago and serves as Chairman this year, they have conducted the meetings in a very open, caring and transparent way.During public comments, Mr. Caira, in my opinion, is very generous, allowing everyone to speak and handles the sometimes unreasonable behavior with courtesy, civility, and patience. Mr. Caira has been involved in so many activities and volunteering in our town, including coaching Little League and Wilmington High School football and softball. And there are so many others.He was Vice Chairman of the Yentile Famr Recreational Development Committee, founding member and Vice President of the Wildcat Alumni and Friends Association member, and former Lodge President of the Wilmington Sons of Italy. (Also Past President and current National President of the Sons of Italy’s Committee for Social Justice.) And many more achievements for both Kevin and Greg to mention here.Both of these gentlemen are serving for the right reasons… and that is for you, for me, and for ALL of the townspeople of Wilmington.I would ask you to join me on April 27 and vote for Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira.Please know how very important your vote is.Thank you,Marilyn CoxLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE GETS TO WORK: 20 Building Projects Happening In Town RIGHT NOWIn “Business”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bendel & Caira Are Trustworthy & Keep Their Campaign PromisesIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

BNP for constitutional amendment for pollstime govt

first_img.Senior BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Monday urged the government to amend the constitution to insert the provision of an election-time government.”The prime minister has recently said an election-time government will be in place, but there’s no existence of such administration in the constitution,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “If you (PM) accept the election-time government system, you can amend the constitution to incorporate the provision since parliament is in function, and you have two-thirds majority to do that.”Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said a non-party neutral election-time government system is crucial to include in the constitution to hold a fair and credible election and empower people to elect their representatives.He warned that their party together with people will take to the streets to realise their demand if the government does not take step for arranging the polls under the non-party government.Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal organised the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the 82nd birth anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.In her recent address to the nation, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said an election-time government will be formed as per the constitution which will provide all-out cooperation to the election commission in conducting the next election.Reacting to her comments, BNP leaders have been saying that there is a provision in the current constitution to constitute an election-time government.About Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s comment that BNP’s stance on the election-time government is not clear, Mosharraf said, “There’s no ambiguity in our demand as we’ve clearly said the election-time government must be neural one, no matter what its name may be.”He said the non-party government will only assist the election commission to hold a fair and impartial election.The BNP leader alleged that the government is rather trying to mislead people over the polls-time administration issue.Mosharraf said they will go to people to drum up their support once their chairperson unveils the framework on the election-time government.last_img read more