Seeking to fulfil his party’s election promises,Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today made provisions for unemployment allowance,waving of farm loans and giving laptops to students in his maiden state Budget for 2012-2013.
Amidst walkout by BSP,Yadav presented the Budget saying that he has inherited a shattered economy that has been marred by corruption.
The Budget proposed no new tax,while listing several incentives for a cross-section of the society.
It has made a provision of Rs 1,100 crore for providing unemployment allowance to about 9 lakh people in the age group of 30-40.
Besides,the Budget provides for Rs 2,721.24 crore for distributing laptops and computer tablets to class 10th and 12th passouts.
These two were among major promises made in the Samajwadi Party manifesto during Assembly Elections this year.
It is also for the first time that the state’s Budget size has crossed the figure of Rs 2 lakh crore,18 per cent more than the last Budget.
Yadav,who also holds the finance portfolio,made a provision of Rs 446.35 crore for the Kanya Vidyadhan Yojna which would be restarted.
Besides,the Budget proposes Rs 350 crore for the ‘farmers accident scheme’,under which the government has decided to enhance the insurance amount from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. It also provides for Rs 500 crore for waiver of farmers’ loans,besides Rs 400 crore for payment of sugarcane dues.
Yadav said that Rs 23,591.72 crore has been earmarked for infrastructure facilities like roads,bridges,irrigation and power sector. About Rs 585.69 crore is for new power projects.
Yadav said his government has inherited a shattered economy because public funds were being used as personal ones in the past few years,as well as on account of corruption and diversion of funds on installing statues.
The UP Budget has also earmarked Rs 100 crore for providing solar or battery oriented rickshaws,another poll promise.
For the minority welfare,a provision of Rs 2,74.11 crore has been made,which is 81 per cent higher than the last time; Rs 1,619.80 crore for backward development,40 per cent more than last year; and Rs 720 crore for Dr Ram Manohar Lohai Samagra Vikas Yojna for the all round development of villages.
The Budget has earmarked Rs 13,650.36 crore for 280 new schemes in the first year of the 12th plan; Rs 5 crore for lion safari and lion breeding centre in Etawah,the home district of the Chief Minister,and another Rs 60 crore for Etawah’s rural institute of medical sciences and research.
A provision of Rs 200 crore has been made for providing two sarees each to all the women of BPL families and blankets to the old.
A Janeshwar Misra park on 500 acre would be set up in Lucknow a Jai Prakash Narain International Centre would be constructed on priority also in the state capital.
The Budget projects a deficit of Rs 21,570.26 crore,while estimating total receipts of Rs 1,94,327.28 crore this fiscal. The total Budget size is Rs 2,00,110.61 crore.
The Budget puts revenue receipts at Rs 1,58,847.86 crore and capital receipts of Rs 35,479.32 crore.
Opposition parties term UP budget as disappointing
Terming the state budget presented by Akhilesh Yadav in the Assembly today as disappointing,opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh said it was an unsuccessful attempt to please people.
“The budget is an unsuccessful attempt of the SP government to please people”,Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya told reporters here.
Questioning the need for a 500-acre park in Lucknow,Maurya said that SP had been raising its voice against memorials and parks constructed in the name of Dalit icons and now has itself announced construction of the park,which is not justified.
“It is now clear the SP government is anti-Dalit,” he said,adding that by changing names of schemes on Dalit leaders SP has showed its mean mentality.
Congress,too,termed the budged as disappointing claiming that it has no separate provision for development of backward Purvanchal (eastern UP) and education sector.
“The budget did not have any separate provision for development of Purvanchal,which is not fair as the region is backward. Also,for the education no heed has been paid and only Centre’s programme has been carried forward,” Congress MLA Akhilesh Pratap Singh said.
Terming the budget as “SP’s election manifesto budget”,senior BJP leader Surya Pratap Shahi said that except for mentioning schemes in SP manifesto no budget provisions were made for backward regions of Purvanchal and Bundelkhand.
The budget is also disheartening for farmers and common man as no development funds were suggested,Shahi said.