Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday approved Rice Export Policy for a period of five years to promote the cereal grain's shipment from the state. Under the new policy facilities would be available on export to Bangladesh and Nepal. Exported rice would be levy free and no mandi fees or development cess would be charged, an official statement said.

Exported rice would be levy free and no mandi fees or development cess would be charged, it said. For the exporters it would be necessary to have their unit in the state. The cabinet also decided to upgrade Etawah-Mainpuri state highway to four lane on public private partnership.

The 82.25 km long highway would be upgraded with a cost of Rs 36130.18 lakh. The cabinet authorised Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to take decision on amount of subsidy, number and eligibility of beneficiaries of agriculture projects under National Agriculture Development Scheme.

On the basis of recommendation of the 16th report of the pay commission, the cabinet decided to double the allowances being given to the state employees. The revised rates, which would be applicable from November 1, would benefit four lakh employees and create an additional annual financial burden of Rs 70 crore.

(Agencies)


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