The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to extend the free ration scheme for three months. The decision was taken today in the first cabinet meeting chaired by Yogi Adityanath, who was sworn in as UP Chief Minister for the second time yesterday.
“Free rations will be given in UP for three months. We have taken this decision keeping in mind the poor. Federal and state government policies need to reach out to the people,” Brijesh Pathak, Deputy Chief Minister in the new meeting. government, told NDTV following a cabinet meeting in Lok Bhawan, Lucknow.
The free ration scheme, started during the Covid outbreak, is supposed to end in March.
The program is an important narrative in the recently concluded House elections in Uttar Pradesh.
Yogi Adityanath was sworn in yesterday as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for the second time after breaking a 37 -year record. The grand ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP Chief Minister and allies such as Nitish Kumar.
In addition to Yogi Adityanath, 52 ministers have been sworn in, self -elected by the BJP leadership with a view to the 2024 national elections.
Keshav Prasad Maurya, who lost the UP election, returned as Deputy Chief Minister. But Dinesh Sharma was replaced by Brahmin leader Brajesh Pathak.
The BJP retained power in Uttar Pradesh by winning 255 out of 403 constituencies, garnering 41.29 per cent of the vote share.
Yogi Adityanath, who led his party to a landslide victory, was the first Chief Minister in 37 years to return to power after completing a full term in the state.