BJP chief whip in UP Assembly Dr Radha Mohan Das Agrawal, through an adjournment notice during Zero Hour, demanded division of state’s budget in four financial sectors for every zone of the state — eastern, central, western and Bundelkhand.
“The budget should be decentralised with focus given on the basis of requirement. I am not demanding division of state but if the situation continues, the demand for state division will soon be raised,” Agrawal said in the House.
In reply, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan assured to get the demand examined even as Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey dismissed the adjournment notice.
Speaking on the admissibility of his notice, Agrawal said that the government’s planning department, in its report, has admitted that 15 districts of eastern region are most backward on development indicators. “It is surprising that 20 big industries that came in UP in the past three years and invested nearly Rs 6,164 crore went to western UP. None of them preferred eastern region and even the government admitted that there is no policy to attract them in Poorvanchal,” he said.
He also presented figures to substantiate his claim that eastern region is behind all three regions in case of per person power consumption, availability of primary schools and health centres, and presence of scheduled commercial bank.
“It establishes the fact that eastern region is the most backward in the state. The government should move for decentralisation of the annual budget for every zone,” he suggested.