According to officials, Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister has already begun consultations with the highest bureaucracy, including chief secretary Durga Shanker Mishra, on how to implement the promised welfare schemes.

As the Yogi Adityanath 2.0 government is set to take office early next week, all eyes are on a roadmap it can reveal to implement its election manifesto promises.

According to officials, Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister has already begun consultations with the highest bureaucracy, including chief secretary Durga Shanker Mishra, on how to implement the promised welfare schemes.

One of the key pre-poll promises made by the party, providing two free domestic LPG cylinders twice a year to all beneficiaries of the Ujjwala plan, on the occasion of Holi and Diwali, must be addressed as a matter of priority. An official said that since Holi is only a few days away, the chief secretary has met with senior officials of Indian Oil Corporation to discuss issues related to the distribution of free household cooking gas cylinders. There are 1 crore of Ujjwala beneficiaries in the state and officials estimate the cost of the scheme at around Rs 1,000 crore.

Free electricity for farmers for irrigation (tubewell) is another promise that the government is working overtime for and a proposal on this is expected to be presented in the first cabinet meeting. Five states in the country already provide free power for irrigation: Punjab, Telengana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. UP becomes the sixth state to provide free power for irrigation.

According to data, Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation (UPPCL) has a total consumer base of 3.06 crore, of which nearly 13.33 lakh (4%) are agricultural consumers. The state government is currently paying the UPPCL a subsidy of about Rs 11,000 crore per year for providing subsidized power for irrigation. For the government to provide free electricity to the farmers, it would have to make additional subsidy expenditure of Rs 2,000 crore per year.

Shailendra Dubey, former chief engineer, UPPCL, and president of the All India Power Engineers Federation, says: “All these states (which provide subsidized power for irrigation) have segregated supplies for agriculture (tubewells). Because there is no such segregation in Uttar Pradesh, farmers will eventually be able to use the free power for other purposes, raising the cost of the system.”

“We expect the allocation for these schemes to be made in the next budget,” said the official quoted above, adding that state finances are not in the pink of health. According to the RBI’s report, UP’s total debt amounted to 6 lakh crore on March 21, which was 35% of the state’s gross domestic product. Aside from the pre-poll promises, the state government is also working to find a permanent solution to the threat of stray livestock, especially given Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise to voters during the election that a solution to the problem has been found and would be declared after the results have been announced.

“The challenge of dealing with stray animals is greater, as they not only destroy farmers’ standing crops in the fields and wreak havoc on the streets, but also cause enormous economic loss,” said another official, adding that the state ban on slaughtering cows will have to be reviewed in due course, given the slump in the state meat industry.


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