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UP approves Women Policy; Taj Expressway probe to be tabled

Written by: Staff
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Lucknow, Nov 23 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh government today approved the much awaited Women Policy in the state and gave its nod to table the Taj Expressway probe report in the state legislature.

The decisions were taken in the state cabinet meeting here chaired by Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The new Women Policy would focus on the upliftment of the women in the field of social, economic and other sectors.

The new policy would engage prominent women and NGOs to suggest and recommend ways and means to promote women rights.

The policy was made taking into consideration the National Women Policy, 2001.

At present, there are an estimated 7.86 crore women in UP.

The government also decided to table the much-hyped Tax Expressway probe report in UP Legislature. The 2001 Tax Expressway Project to lay international standard road between Noida and Agra attracted several controversies arising due to irregularites in tenders and other contracts.

In another decision, the government lowered tender rate and its eligibility for the suppliers of the ambitious distribution of sarees to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.

Now the tender rate has been decreased from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 10 lakh and the turnover eligibility has been lowered from Rs 25 crore to Rs 10 crore. The entire tender process would also be available on the website.

Under the project, every woman resident of BPL families would be given two sarees. The state government had already sanctioned Rs 250 crore for this purpose.

The state government has decided to sign an MoU with central departments for kicking off the mega Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission Programme (JLNURMP) in UP.

Under the programme, seven cities Lucknow, Allahabad, Mathura, Agra, Meerut, Kanpur and Varanasi -- would be taken up for allround development including e-governance, mapping of city through GIS system and low cost houses for people living below poverty line.

The Centre would bear 80 per cent of the project cost , while 20 percent would be borne by the state. At present, 63 Indian cities have been chosen under this programme.

The state has also changed the fee structure under Right To Information (RTI). Now, fee can be paid through postal orders, while the people would also be eligible for copies in Hindi .

UP also approved the Centre's announcement of the on the rate of levy rice during kharif season applicable between October 1, 2006 and March 31, 2007.

The Centre had fixed Rs 1,068.60 per quintal on Arwa rice of general variety, while Sela rice would get Rs 1,068.50 per quintal.

In Grade A, Arwa rice would get Rs 1,117 per quintal and Sela Rs 1,116 per quintal.

The purchase price of paddy of common variety was fixed at Rs 580 per quintal and Rs 610 for Grade A. Besides, the farmers are also recieving Rs 40 per quintal as incentive.

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