Uttar Pradesh Current Affairs

PM adopted Nagepur village in his Varanasi Constituency under SAGY

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has selected Nagepur village in his Varanasi Constituency of Lok Sabha in Uttar Pradesh under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY).

Earlier in the first phase of SAGY, PM had adopted Jayapur village in Sevapuri Assembly segment of Varanasi in 2014.

Nagepur village is mainly dominated by backward castes has been selected under the second phase of the Yojana.  Almost all villagers in this village are either farmers or labourers.

About Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY)

  • SAGY encourages Members of Parliament (MP’s) from both Houses to identify and develop one village from their constituency as a model village.
  • Under this scheme, MPs will be responsible for developing the socio-economic and physical infrastructure of three villages each by 2019, and a total of eight villages each by 2024.
  • Key objectives of the Yojana include: (i) The development of model villages, called Adarsh Grams, through the implementation of existing schemes, and certain new initiatives to be designed for the local context, which may vary from village to village. (ii) Creating models of local development which can be replicated in other villages.

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Uttar Pradesh Assembly passes UP Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Uttar Pradesh Assembly passed the UP Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill 2016 replacing an ordinance issued by the Governor Ram Naik.

The Bill allows Dalits of the state to sell their land to non-Dalits in the state without approval of the administration even if their remaining holding is less than 3.5 acres.

Key facts

  • The bill seeks to bring changes existing revenue laws dating to the British era by further speeding up disposal of litigations over land ownership in rural areas.
  • It also provision that allows land owners lease out their land for share-cropping purpose without the fear of losing it after 12 years.
  • Ensures that wife gets equal rights on the gram samaj land given out on a lease signifying step towards empowerment of rural women.
  • The bill has provisions for setting up of a new judicial cadre that will look after land revenue disputes in order to end disputes especially in cases of partnership.

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Union Government gives nod for issuance of UDAY bonds to four states

The Union Finance Ministry has approved the proposal of four states for the issuance of Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) bonds.

These four states are Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh. These states account for around about 35 per cent or around 1.5 lakh crore rupees of the outstanding loans of State electricity distribution utilities in the country.

These bonds will be issued by these states as per the UDAY Scheme which allows state governments to take over 75 per cent of power distribution companies (DISCOMs) debt and pay back lenders by issuing bonds.

The scheme also provides that remaining 25 per cent of the debt to be paid back through discom-issued bonds. Total discom debt in the country amounts to Rs.4.3 lakh crore.

So far total 16 states have agreed to join UDAY Scheme and last one to join were Manipur and Tripura. Six states have signed the UDAY contract with the Union Government.

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