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UP budget: Akhilesh shuns new taxes

Budget also provides for unemployment allowance and giving laptops to school students.

Seeking to fulfill 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.

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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.

Efforts made to fulfill poll promises in budget: Akhilesh

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav,who presented his maiden budget in the state Assembly today,said efforts have been made to fulfil promises made to the people during the state election.

“An effort has been made to fulfill all the poll promises,” he said after presenting the annual budget for the current financial year.

Yadav said no new tax has been proposed in the budget and efforts would be made to increase recovery by the departments.

Accusing the previous BSP government of wasting public money,”The previous government wasted state’s money. No provision has been made for statues,memorials and stones at a single place (in the budget). All provisions have been made for youths,farmers so that UP marches ahead on the path of prosperity.”

Akhilesh said several decisions have been taken in the interests of the farmers,including loan wavier,laptops and tablets,unemployment allowance and girl education,besides efforts to improve roads and power infrastructure.

Accusing the previous government of failing to deliver on the power front,Akhilesh said power generation did not increase “by a single mega watt” and only the plants set up during previous SP regime were providing electricity.

He said his government will do everything required to improve the situation of electricity in the state.

On the agriculture front,the CM said efforts will be made to provide relief to farmers and ensure timely availability of fertilisers and seeds.

“Last time the farmers had to face batons for fertilisers. Efforts will be made to ensure availability in advance,” he said.

The CM said that a provision of Rs 500 crore for the loan waiver,as announced by the party earlier,has been made and it would be started from nationalised banks.

On promoting information technology in the state,Yadav said a PPP model would be adopted for the purpose and the government will provide all necessary facilities.

He said checking the outbreak of encephalitis in Gorakhpur and adjacent east UP districts is also high on his government’s agenda.

Akhilesh revives previous SP schemes with fresh grants

Lucknow: Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav revived some of the popular welfare schemes introduced by the previous Samajwadi Party government by making suitable provisions in the state budget presented today.

The ambitious proposal for unemployment allowance,a brainchild of his father and then chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav,grabbed the lion’s share among all these schemes with an allotment of Rs 1100 crore,followed by Rs 446.35 crore for Kanya Vidyadhan Yojna aimed to encourage higher education among girls.

The Loktantra Senani Yojna,which makes provision for honorarium,free medical facility and free travel in UPSRTC buses to those jailed during the Emergency,was also revived with allocation of a sum of Rs 11 crore,Rs 8.80 crore more than the earlier SP government.

The prize money for “Yash Bharti Samman”,meant to honour talents from the state earning laurels at national and international level,has also been enhanced to Rs 11 lakh from Rs 5 lakh.

A sum of Rs 47.83 crore has also been allocated for the Bhomi Sena Yojna for making barren land cultivable and allotting it to the landless and poor.

Keeping up with his party’s election promise,Akhilesh also promised to bring a new land acquisition policy for the benefit of farmers in the budget,apart from provisions for a number of schemes named after Socialist thinker Ram Manohar Lohia.

The schemes are Ram Manohar Lohia Samagra Gram Vikas Yojna,Lohia Nalkoop Yojna,Lohia Gramin Avas Yojna and Lohia environmental parks in different districts.

Arrangements to tackle Japanese encephalitis in Gorakhpur and other effected districts have also been made,apart from a proposal to set up a top-grade cancer institute in Lucknow at a cost of Rs 20 crore.

The budget proposes Rs 10,378.20 crore for police modernisation,Rs 1,907.01 crore for medical education,Rs 4,419.87 crore for medical health,Rs 5,031 crore for urban development,Rs 627.99 crore for housing and urban planning.

An amount of Rs 25,109.10 crore for basic education,Rs 9,612.38 crore for secondary education and Rs 2,501.67 crore for higher education,besides Rs 476. 29 crore for technical education.

Provision for a sprawling 500-acre park in the name of former party stalwart late Janeshwar Mishra and Jai Prakash Narain International centre on priority basis have also been made in the budget.

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Earlier this month,Akhilesh had discontinued about 27 schemes and programmes of the Mayawati government named after Dalit and BSP icons.