Uttar Pradesh Budget Highlights: The opposition on Thursday slammed the Uttar Pradesh budget, with Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav calling it a web of statistics and BSP’s Mayawati saying it is a cliched exercise and lacks measures in public interest. Terming the budget a “makad-jaal (spiderweb)” of statistics, Yadav said this is the sixth budget of the BJP government and allocations under every head have been reduced. “The common man does understand it. Under the double-engine government, inflation has doubled,” he said. “Youngsters who wanted employment are depressed. Employment is seen in the statistics but not in reality,” Yadav said, adding that the government talks about unemployment but does not give out the figures.
Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister Suresh Khanna on Thursday presented the state’s annual budget for 2022-23 in the Legislative Assembly. Under the new budget, Rs 1 crore has been allotted for creating a Board to oversee the welfare of old saints and pujaris in the state. Meanwhile, Rs 300 crore was provided for ensuring that the children of labourers and street vendors have access to quality education.
The latest state budget is focused on ensuring self-reliance in the state, UP CM Yogi Adityanath tweeted soon after the budget was tabled. Adityanath promised that it would be dedicated to the overall development of Uttar Pradesh. Before being tabled in the House, the budget was passed in a cabinet meeting chaired by the chief minister at his official residence in the morning. The latest Budget was the first to be tabled by the Adityanath government during its second term in the state assembly.