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As the Second Term Begins, Yogi’s First Major Decision will be on Free Rations for UP’s 15 Crore+ People

On Friday, Yogi Adityanath was sworn in for a second term as Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister.

On Friday, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath holds the inaugural meeting of the state’s council of ministers throughout Lucknow.


CM Yogi Adityanath statement

Yogi Adityanath expanded Uttar Pradesh’s free ration scheme for 3 months for 15 crore individuals on Saturday, his first major decision a day after his inauguration. The state of Uttar Pradesh would spend $3,270 crore on the initiative. “In the cabinet meeting today, we have decided to extend the free ration scheme for the next three months. It will benefit 15 crore people of the state,” the chief minister states.

After a major oath ceremony on Friday attended by PM Narendra Modi, union ministers, as well as chief ministers of BJP-ruled states, amongst many other key officials, the chief minister conducted his initial cabinet meeting on Saturday morning. A crowd of about 70,000 people packed the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cricket ground.

With this latest move, the BJP hopes to keep the Yogi 2.0 government focused on pro-poor governance. In addition, with an eye on the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the new state administration has focused on balancing caste as well as regional relations. OBCs and Dalits make up the majority of the 52-member team. Nine Dalits are among the 20 OBC ministers. Another steadfast support base, the upper castes, has 21 representatives.

An overall of 22 ministers who previously served in Yogi’s cabinet has now been removed. There are 31 new ministers within the new cabinet.

On Friday, the CM told his cabinet to make Uttar Pradesh the best state in the country.

Although losing his seat, Keshav Prasad Maurya was re-appointed as deputy chief minister on Friday, saying: “Now, under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we will work even harder to help the poor and will approach 2024 with the mission to win 75 plus seats.”

Yogi Adityanath would be the first CM of Uttar Pradesh to be sworn in for a second term in 37 years.

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