Lucknow (Agencies): The Uttar Pradesh government has incurred losses to a tune of Rs 2,770 crore during floods last year.

"Due to floods in Uttar Pardesh in August and September last year, the loss of Rs 2,770 crore has been incurred by the Uttar Pradesh government," State Revenue Minister Phagu Chauhan said.

He said that the state government has declared 44 districts as flood-hit and will provide relief to the farmers there. The government had also suspended agriculture and land revenue taxes till January 15 this year imposed on the farmers of those districts.

The matter was raised in during Question Hour by SP member Narendra Singh Verma, who was joined by other members on the issue.

BJP Leader Om Prakash Singh pointed out the delay in distribution of relief amount to victims and said that time frame should be decided for the purpose.

The Speaker Sukhdeo Rajbhar asked the government to look into the proposal of setting time frame for distributing relief.

No plan to slash taxes on diesel, petrol


The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday said there is no proposal on the anvil to slash taxes on diesel and petrol in the state despite rising international oil prices, as the revenue generated from the sale of these auto fuels is necessary to finance development initiatives.

"There is not proposal to cut state taxes on petrol and diesel. Presently, there is tax of Rs 17.23 on diesel and Rs 26.55 on petrol, which is less compared to other states. This tax is necessary for generating resources for development," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Lalji Verma said in the State Assembly.

Verma was answering a query raised during Question Hour in the Assembly.

In his question, SP member Jokhu Lal Yadav sought to know the measures being taken by the BSP government to control the price rise in the state.

In reply, State Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ram Prasad Chowdhury said the state government had launched a campaign against hoarders and initiated action against them.

The minister said that while rice is being sold in the state at Rs 16 per kg, sugar is available at Rs 32-33 and pulses made of matar are available at Rs 15.5 per kg.

The SP members subsequently asked the government whether there was any proposal to cut taxes on diesel and petrol, which were fuelling inflation.

When the government denied any proposal to cut taxes, the SP members alleged that state government was hand in glove with hoarders and staged a walk-out to register their protest.