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Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath. The farm loan waiver scheme will cover small and marginal farmers with debts of up to Rs1 lakh and is expected to cost the state government Rs36,359 crore

"It is the dream of Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah and the chief minister that every house, every poor, and every village get power by 2018", Sharma said.

"It is easy to take decisions in the cabinet but very hard to implement on ground level".

Replying to former CM Akhilesh Yadav's statement that there is nothing new in providing power during Navratri and Ramnavami, and that the decision to provide 18 hours electricity to villages, 20 hours to tehsils and Bundelkhand region, and 24 hours for district headquarters was already taken by his government, Sharma said that earlier the roster system was there but it existed merely on files and remained restricted to the CM's residence and some VIP areas. The managing director of the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation, A P Mishra, resigned soon after Power Minister Shrikant Sharma asked him to explain the reason behind the delay. "The government is working for providing 24-hour power supply by October 2018", he said.

Sharma pointed out that 24-hour power supply had been ensured during "Navratra" to all the "shaktipeeths" (religious places).

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Meanwhile, another JD (U) leader K.C. Tyagi said three months will be given to the Yogi-led government to show the implementation of his orders. In another major decision taken by the state cabinet, it was decided that malfunctioning transformers of the farmers will be changed within 48 hours by the officials of the power ministry.

In a bid to end woes of potato growers, the cabinet chose to purchase 1 lakh metric tonnes of potato at Rs 487 per quintal.

Announcing a one-time settlement scheme, Sharma said it was made a decision to waive surcharge on domestic connection and take only principal amount of the bill.

The farmers having outstanding power bills of Rs 10,000 or more will be allowed to pay the same in four installments, the cabinet decided.

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The potato farmers were unable to get a proper price for their produce due to intermediaries. "If we can not give them profit, we want to give them price of their produce", Sharma said.

The government also made it mandatory to clear the current dues of the sugarcane growers within 14 days and previous dues within 120 days.

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