30 days of Yogi and third cabinet meeting: major things that you should know!

April 19, 2017, Chennai

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After 30 days of Yogi Adityanath at office, the third cabinet meeting happened on Tuesday. While the discussions happened for an hour, major decisions were taken. 

  1. Implementation of Prime Minister Fasal Beema Yojana (PMFBY) - While sugarcane was taken out of the PMFBY, the cabinet decided to formulate 12 clusters for speedy implementation of the crop insurance scheme.

    It was done because, sugarcane is a cash crop. It was included in the scheme by the Akhilesh-led Uttar Pradesh government and was objected to by the Modi-led government at the Centre. About the state being divided into 12 clusters, each insurance company would not be allowed more than two clusters to operate in.
  2. e-Tendering in government departments  - To curb corruption, the Yogi Adityanath government decided that it would award government contracts only through 'e-tendering'. Besides, the government made it clear that while manual tendering requires around 3 months to complete formalities, in e-tendering the process would be completed in just one month’s time.
  3. Renames - The Agra airport would now be named after RSS ideologue Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya while the under construction civil terminal at Gorakhpur Air Force station would be named after Mahayogi Gorakhnath who is known as the founder of the Nath monastic movement. Significantly, Adityanth himself is the head priest of the Gorakhnath Mutt, a leading centre of the Nath monastic order, cabinet approved another change in nomenclature. The ‘Viklang Kalyan Vibhag’ (Handicap Welfare Department) would be renamed as the ‘Divyang Jan Shasaktikaran Vibhag’ (‘Divyang’ Empowerment Department). ‘Divyang’ is a term used for the differently-abled. It is also expected that in the following months, the streets in Lucknow will be renamed. 
  4. Agriculture Scientific Research Centres - The State cabinet also decided to allocate land for the Centre’s project to open around 20 Agriculture Scientific Research Centres across the State. Speaking about this, health minister told that, the State has 69 such centres, as of now. However, a decision was taken to open 20 more centres. Similarly, the cabinet also decided that four districts instead of two districts each, would be selected for organic farming of banana and chilli.