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Let’s fight corruption together: Akhilesh

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has expressed his concern over prevailing corruption and has called upon the opposition parties to unitedly fight against the evil that has plagued all sections of the society.

‘We have to take certain steps to fight corruption with support of every quarters of society. Let’s join hands together to fight this menace,’ he said, while reacting on the pronouncement of jail term to RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav by a special CBI court.

Talking to mediapersons after the state cabinet meeting here, Yadav said that the Uttar Pradesh government has identified 1,600 missing people of UP in the Uttarakhand disaster and the state government would be giving Rs 2 lakh as compensation.

Commenting about the problems of the sugarcane farmers, he said that the pending dues of the farmers would be paid very soon. He also attributed that the prices of sugar is not rising due to heavy import of raw sugar which is also a major problem for the industry.

The sugar industry in Uttar Pradesh has showed its inability to clear its dues and has sought government assistance of Rs 2000 crore.

He also hinted that the government was examining means to generate more revenue by increasing the taxes but there is no proposal to hike the taxes on petroleum products.

Meanwhile, state chief secretary Javed Usmani clarified that the state government has nothing to do with the restriction on holding public rally at Kanpur by BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. ‘It is the district administration to decide on the rally and the state government has no say on it,’ he stated.

The main opposition party BJP has blamed Samajwadi Party Government for willfully preventing Narendra Modi from holding meetings and rallies.
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