19 December, Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh government and the Tata Trusts would be entering into a long-term partnership in community development related works in the state.
To give concrete shape to this partnership, a multi-dimensional MoU would be signed between the two here on December 21. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Chairman of the Tata Trusts Ratan Tata would be present on the occasion.
Giving this information, an official spokesman today said the Tata Trusts would be providing support in the state government’s endeavours in poverty alleviation, employment generation, increasing income and infrastructure development.
To ensure proper execution of work and effective monitoring, a joint state-level steering committee comprising of representatives of the state government and the Tata Trusts would be constituted.
The spokesman further informed that the sectors in which the state government and the Tata Trusts would be working include mother-infant health, preparing and implementation of a nutrition programme for better health of mother-child, special efforts in ensuring that anaemia (lack of blood) is eliminated in women.
A mechanism would be developed so that cancer can be detected at an early stage and a cancer registry would also be prepared. Both sides would work together to ensure quality education and job-oriented training in various sectors.
Under the MoU, developing off-grid solar energy as well as solar energy based irrigation system, establishing solar water lifting pumps, hi-tech plant nurseries, introduction of improved varieties and techniques of horticulture, assimilation of various varieties, agro-forestry, bio-farming and combined efforts to increase agriculture harvest, mechanisation, post-harvest management are some initiatives involved.
The MoU would also encompass safe storage, agri-marketing, encouraging micro-irrigation, developing high quality seeds, development of value chain for milk, menthol, garlic, onion, maize, pulses, banana andpotatoes.