Uttar Pradesh Current Affairs

UP Panchayati Raj Minister Kailash Yadav passes away       

Uttar Pradesh Panchayati Raj Minister Kailash Yadav passed away in Gurgaon after reportedly suffering a brain stroke. He was 65.

He was a senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and a cabinet Minister in the present Akhilesh Yadav government and was considered close to the SP Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

About Kailash Yadav

  • Yadav was born in 1951 in a village in East Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur district.
  • He had started his political career from a rural background i.e. from holding the post of a Gram Pradhan.
  • Later he was elected as a member of the UP Legislative Assembly on three occasions. Currently, he was MLA from the Jangipur constituency in Ghazipur district.
  • He was a Minister of State (MoS) for Revenue and Industrial Development in the Mulayam Singh government from 2003 to 2007.

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Justice Sanjay Mishra appointed as Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh

Justice Sanjay Mishra has been appointed as Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh after his appointment was approved by the Supreme Court.

In this regard, the apex court recalled its earlier order of appointing Justice Virendra Singh as Lokayukta of UP after objections were raised against Singh’s appointment.

Background

  • Earlier in December 2015, SC in its ruling had passed order appointing Justice Virendra Singh as Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh using its extraordinary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution.
  • Court’s order came after repeated failure of the state government to comply with the court’s directives in the appointment of Lokayukta.

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Union Government launches Ganga Gram Yojana 

The Union Government has launched Ganga Gram Yojana to develop 1600 villages in Uttar Pradesh (UP) situated along the banks of Ganga River.

The scheme was launched by the Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti at Puth village in Hapur district of UP.

About Ganga Gram Yojana

  • In the first phase of the Ganga Gram Yojana, 200 villages in UP have been selected.
  • In these selected villages open drains discharging waste directly into river Ganga will be diverted to sewage treatment facility.
  • Government will spend one crore rupees on every village under this programme. It would be mandatory for every household in selected villages to have functional toilets.
  • Under this programme, these selected villages will be developed under the Sichewal model (Village in Punjab) which is based on cooperation of the villagers for water management and waste disposal.

Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation also deployed the first company of Ganga Task force Battalion to fast track implementation of Namami Gange Programme. It was deployed at Garhmukteshwar town in Hapur district of UP.

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