Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday approved construction of the Agra-Lucknow Express Highway while giving a go-ahead for opening of a men's sports college in Saifai, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's home district.

The decision in this regard was taken a cabinet meeting chaired by Akhilesh, an official release here said.

"Besides other decisions, the cabinet okayed construction of Agra-Lucknow express highway and opening of sports college for men in Saifai", it said.

The cabinet also approved an MoU between Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (UPRVUNL) and Tamil Nadu-based Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd (NLC), a company under Union coal ministry for setting up of a joint venture 2000 MW thermal power project in Ghatampur in Kanpur district.

The proposal to permit sugar mills to sell an additional quota of molasses in the open market was also approved by the cabinet, sources said.

The cabinet also cleared a proposal to provide biometric smart card for those eligible for purchase at fair price shops and provide machines to the shops so that misuse could be prevented.

A decision to transfer scholarships to 10th pass SC/ST students directly in their bank accounts has also been approved besides giving permission to constitute district planning committees in newly formed districts.

The government also okayed Rs 4,100 government guarantee to UP rural development bank for taking loans from NABARD and opening of nursing schools for training of ANMs.

(Agencies)

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