With an emphasis on Lohiya Awas in rural areas, and infrastructure sectors such as roads, power and irrigation, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Monday tabled a supplementary budget of Rs 14,856.14 crore for 2014-15 in the Assembly. The largest supplementary budget, which surpasses the last fiscal’s Rs 7112.39 crore, has been tabled with 2017 Assembly elections in mind.
In the supplementary grant for the current fiscal, a provision of more than Rs 4,000 crore has been made for the power department. This includes Rs 427 crore for revenue compensation to the UPPCL, Rs 800 crore to compensate line loss, Rs 100 crore for strengthening of transmission network and Rs 540 crore to compensate operational loss to discoms. A provision of Rs 600 crore has been made to strengthen distribution network so as to ensure 16 to 18 hours power supply in rural areas and 22 to 24 hours in urban areas by 2016-17.
For roads, an allocation of over Rs 1,500 crore has been made with provision for Rs 350 crore for upkeep of rural roads, Rs 400 crore for maintenance, Rs 50 crore for state highways, a similar amount for connecting district headquarters with four lane, Rs 200 crore for state road fund and Rs 150 crore for Ram Sharan Das Village Road scheme. A provision for another Rs 50 crore has been made for bridges and Rs 25 crore for ROBs.
The supplementary budget has made a provision of Rs 962 crore for irrigation department, which includes Rs 401 crore for minor irrigation projects including tubewells, Rs 25 crore for channelisation of Gomti river in Lucknow, Rs 5 crore for channelisation of Varuna river in Varanasi and Rs 22 crore for Saryu river bund in Gonda.
In rural development, Rs 670 crore have been sanctioned for Lohia Gramin Awas Yojana, Rs 480 crore for Indira Awas Yojana and Rs 200 crore for National Rural Drinking Water Mission. Senior minister Azam Khan got several projects for his home district Rampur which include Rs 2 crore for construction of a pandal in Jauhar University, Rs 18 crore for STP near Jauhar University, Rs 45.32 lakh for a LED TV for district administration and Rs five lakh for flood control on Kosi river.
The tourism sector got a boost with Rs 3 crore for publicity, Rs 1 crore for car trail in Lucknow, Rs 2 crore for facade lighting of monuments in Lucknow, and Rs 5 crore for signage in Lucknow under Heritage Golden Arc. Ferozabad, the parliamentary constituency of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s nephew Akshay Yadav, too got Rs 35 crore for roads and sewerage.
Also, provisions for Rs 5 crore for Lion Safari in Etawah, Rs 25 crore for bird sanctuary in Mainpuri, Rs 2 crore for ghats in Kali river in Kannauj, Rs 17.29 lakh for beautification of VIP lounge at Saifai airstrip and Rs 10 crore for stadium in Saifai have been made. A provision of Rs 100 crore as loan has also been made for inner ring road in Agra, Rs 20 crore as loan to UPICA and UP State Handloom Corporation for their revival, Rs 50 crore for interest free loan to industrial units under industrial investment promotion scheme.
Provision has also been done for Rs 6.50 crore for national crop insurance scheme, Rs 556 crore for constructing toilets under Swach Bharat Mission, Rs 2 crore for Lohia Bhawan in Ambedkarnagar, Rs 315 crore for payment of cane dues of farmers, Rs 415 crore for reviving sugar mill in Sathion, Azamgarh, Rs 228 crore for 108 Samajwadi Swashtya Sewa ambulance, Rs 1.20 crore for meeting hall in SP office, Rs 50 lakh for All India Kaifi Azmi Academy in Lucknow, Rs 80 lakhs for auditorium in Badaun and Rs five lakh for prize in memory of Begum Akhtar.
‘Six communal incidents in 5 months’
Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Azam Khan told the Vidhan Sabha that between April to August this year, “six incidents of communal tension were reported”. He was replying to BJP member Satish Mahana in Vidhan Sabha during question hour.