Uttar Pradesh's new Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is holding his first cabinet meeting today after forming the government last month following the Bharatiya JanAta Party's thumping victory in the state elections.
Adityanath is expected to take important decisions, including a loan waiver for farmers, with focus on BJP's poll promises in the cabinet meeting today. The BJP had promised in its manifesto that it would waive loans of small and marginal farmers if it came to power.
Uttar Pradesh has close to 2.3 crore small and marginal farmers who owe about Rs 62000 crore to banks and cooperatives. According to reports, it is unlikely that the government will be able to completely write off the loans, but there could be a partial waive off.
The cabinet meeting will take place at Shastri Bhavan in Lucknow. Here are the main issues likely to be discussed:
1. Loan waiver programme for farmers which could be approved
2. Cleaning of the Ganga
3. Ordinance on slaughterhouses may also be taken up
4. Wheat purchase, and construction of a stadium in Ghazipur are also on agenda, according to sources
5. Possible changes in some schemes launched by the Akhilesh government
Yogi Adityanath has announced a slew of measures even before his first cabinet meeting after becoming the chief minister on March 19. He has aggressively pushed policies that are an extension of Modi's nationwide agenda, including ban on beef and shut down of illegal slaughter houses.
He has also asked his state ministers declare their incomes and assets as part of a crackdown on corruption. He also ordered the formation of the controversial 'Romeo-squads' to stop eve teasing and sexual harassment. But there have been criticisms of the decision to create 'Rome squads' saying it amounts to moral policing.