UP makes provision for loan waiver

Yogi's maiden Rs 384659 cr budget for UP

Yogi's maiden Rs 384659 cr budget for UP

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who has taken several austerity measures to end the "VIP Raj" in the state, has now asked the state officials not to make any special arrangement at places where he is slated to visit.

The Budget allotted Rs 36,000 crore to the farm loans waiver and Rs 55,781 crore for new schemes.

"I can say that potato production increased with the arrival of the Yogi government in the state and there is no doubt about this", he said, replying to a question put up by SP member Nitin Agarwal.

The decision has hit projects like the Rs 20,000 crore-Poorvanchal Expressway from Lucknow to Ghazipur and the Bundelkhand Expressway till Jhansi.

Moreover, the budget made no mention of the implementation of the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission in the state.

Wif-Fi would be provided in all government colleges and universities with Rs 50 crore.

Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal presented the Budget for 2017-18, which envisages 10.90 per cent more allocations than the previous one.

As many as Rs 100 crore are proposed to be spent on distribution of school bags, uniforms, and books for schoolchildren, Rs 19,444 crore on Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Rs 2,054 crore on midday meals, Rs 551 crore on secondary education, Rs 191 crore on higher education, Rs 52 crore on hostels meant for Other Backward Classes students, and Rs 394 crore on modernisation of recognised madrasas.

Over Rs 21,000 crore has been allocated as the state's share for various central government schemes, and another Rs 600 crore for state-run schemes for students.

The BJP government also expressed its commitment to promote cultural tourism in the state by introducing the Lok Malhar and Sawan Jhula programmes in Gorakhpur and Ayodhya, respectively, while also dedicating Rs. 200 crore for a Sanskritic Kendra in Varanasi and allotting Rs. 20 crore for the construction of a Kailash Mansarovar Bhawan in Ghaziabad.

Moreover, a provision of Rs 1,240 crore was made for Ramayan Circuit, Buddhist Circuit and Krishna Circuit in Ayodhaya, Varanasi and Mathura under the "Swadesh Darshan Yojna".

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