Power to people: Yogi Adityanath orders 24×7 electricity in district HQs by April 14
Yogi Adityanath has drawn up a list of works that the new Uttar Pradesh chief minister wants his officials to work on. Topping the list is improved power supply and the CM wants officials to also put check on electricity theft.
Consider developing airports in Jewar (Gautam Budha Nagar) and Agra, formulate an industrial investment policy, prefer single-window system to solve the problems faced by entrepreneurs, promote the textile park scheme to benefit weavers, explore the possibility to link the schemes of khadi and village industry department with central schemes, seek a package for the revival of closed blanket factories and make active ‘Udyog Bandhu’ at divisional and district levels to assist entrepreneurs — these sum up the rest of his latest message to bureaucrats.
Yogi and his ministers spent about six hours, beginning from 6 pm and stretching to midnight, on Thursday to watch PowerPoint presentations by five departments, including power and industry, in Lucknow. The CM set an April 14 deadline to ensure 24×7 power supply in district towns and cities, 20 hours in sub-divisional town areas and 18 hours in villages.
He set a target for the power department to give 5 lakh new electricity connections within the next 100 days. Burnt transformers must be replaced within 24 hours in urban areas and 48 hours in rural UP.
The CM gave clear instructions to stop power theft. This would be a tough task for the department, particularly in Eastern UP where there are many small power loom units.
He sought an action plan for proper implementation of the Centre’s Pandit Deendayal Gram Jyoti Yojana in rural areas. Another focus area is rooftop solar power generation. ‘Samajwadi’, the word the previous Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government had tagged to several schemes, would be replaced with ‘Mukhyamantri’.
Sources said there were 18 such s chemes, inclding the ‘Samajwadi Ambulance Service’. He underlined the need for proper communication with farmers and asked officials to take their consent before acquiring farmland land for setting up industries.
He told his officials that the process to give clearance for new industries should be fast, easy and transparent. Yogi asked officials to complete the rest of work on the Agra-Lucknow expressway by the end of May.