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Ground Water Act, 2020 approved by UP cabinet

On February 11, 2020, the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath approved Ground Water Act-2020. The act aims to improve ground water level.

Key Features of the act

The act makes the registration of submersible pumps mandatory. The farmers and domestic users need not pay fees to use the pumps. The act makes rain water harvesting mandatory in all private schools, colleges.

It also penalizes persons polluting ground water through boring pipes. Also, it is mandatory for the boring companies to register under the act. The companies have to update their information every three months.

Ground Water in India

It is essential to monitor the ground water activities in India. This is important because, according to Parliament Committee Report, 2016 around 9 states in India has used 90% of their ground water without leaving a chance of recharging. Also, the increase in presence of metallic elements such as Arsenic, Uranium, Iron is increasing.

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UP govt launches e-Ganna app, web portal

Uttar Pradesh government has launched a dedicated web portal and a mobile application, named as ‘e-Ganna’, for sugarcane farmers of the state. It was launched by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at a function in Lucknow. Chief Minister also informed that during the last three years of his government, a record amount has been paid to farmers by sugar mills.

About web portal and e-Ganna App

The sugar mills will now issue the cane supply slip to farmers online. The step is to ensure that sugarcane farming becomes a profitable venture for farmers.

Both web and app will help in eradicating cane mafia and middleman and strengthen cane development societies. Moreover, besides ensuring transparency in the process of getting slips, the web and portal will also facilitate sugarcane supply by farmers to mills and check irregularities.

The app shows state government’s relentless commitment to pursue the goal set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to double farmers’ income.

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