The Yogi Adityanath government presented its maiden Budget in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday worth Rs 3, 84,659 crores. This budget was 11 percent more than the one presented by the previous Samajwadi Government.
The budget included an allocation of Rs 36,000 crore to meet its poll promise of a crop loan waiver. Along with it, Rs 55,781 crore was allotted for new schemes. The chief minister Yogi Adityanath also claimed that his government will make provisions for the loan waiver by cutting down on extravagant expenses of the government.
The Budget was presented by the finance minister Rajesh Agarwal. It showed a deficit of Rs 7,468 crore for the year 2017-2018. Agarwal started that “Rashtra Ki asmita ke Prateek Maryada purshotam Bhagwan Ram ka smaran karna humari pratibadhta hai.”
This Budget is dedicated to “village, poor, farmer and women. Besides this, over Rs, 240 crores has been set aside for development and promotion of “cultural heritage” and religious tourism. Special schemes had also been formulated to promote and preserve the cultural heritage because the younger generation today is moving away from them.
Also apart from the Geeta Sodh Sansthan, a Krishna Museum would be built and a “Bhajan Sandhya Sthal” would also come up in Ayodhya and Chitrakoot.
The state government has also earmarked a large chunk of funds for the education sector.
For various central government schemes over Rs, 21,000 crores have been allocated as the state’s share and another Rs 600 crore for state-run schemes for students which would be aimed at providing shoes, socks, sweaters, school bags, uniforms and books to students. Besides this, the government will also provide free education to girls till graduation and free WiFi facilities in colleges and universities.
Central schemes for building toilets under “Swachha Bharat Mission (Rural) Scheme” will also get a significant amount as the state’s share. A considerable sum has been set aside for projects like metro rail, a sugarcane research center and an AIIMS in the CM’s home district Gorakhpur.