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Priority given to education, health, infra, in UP budget

Priority given to education, health, infra, in UP budget
Describing the budget as infrastructure and village oriented, Yadav told reporters that the exercise was aimed at inclusive development.

"The SP government is making efforts to ensure development of all sections of the society in UP, which is the largest state in terms of population," he said.

Claiming that SP has fulfilled all the promises made in its election manifesto, he said infrastructure development was accorded top priority in the budget.

"I can claim that during SP regime, the state is on the path of prosperity. We have increased the budget for infrastructure development. For the first time expressway is being constructed from the state coffers. We are linking villages with roads under Janeshwar Mishra scheme," he said. He said the government has set a target to provide power supply for 16 hours in rural areas and 22 hours in urban areas by toning up electricity production, transmission and distribution.

"We have decided to observe 'Kisan Varsh' and we will work for farmers and villages. Almost 75 per cent of the budget is dedicated to farmers and villages," he said.

The Chief Minister said that considering the problem being faced by cane farmers, the government has made a provision of Rs 2,576 crore in the budget.

He said five lakh women beneficiaries would be added under Samajwadi Pension scheme. "The objective is to benefit poor people irrespective of caste and religion. The pension amount will be increased in furture," he said. He claimed that growth rate of UP was increasing and so was agricultural growth rate.

"The benefit of welfare schemes launched by SP government is visible on the ground," he said.

The chief minister said that to benefit farmers 'mandis' were being developed and concrete cement roads were constructed in nearly 2000 villages. "Along side villages, we are concentrating on cities as well. Work on metro rail in Lucknow is underway," he said.

Commenting on the meeting between the main petitioner in Ayodhya case and Chairman of Akhara Parishad Mahant Gyandas, the CM said government was soon going to construct a 'bhajan sthal' there. He said the government was setting up a cancer institute in Lucknow as number of patients was increasing. He also said 500 ambulances would be purchased.

Opposition parties call UP budget ‘disappointing’

Opposition parties criticised Uttar Pradesh budget for 2015-2016 persented by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in the state Assembly on Tuesday, describing it as “disappointing”. “The budget presented today is the most disappointing,” Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Swami Prasad Maurya said.

“The budget is anti-farmer... the government has not done justice to Dalits and backward people,” Maurya said. Terming the budget as a “bundle of lies”, BJP’s state unit president, Laxmikant Bajpai, said the state government’s claim of achieving a growth rate higher than that of the country was “far from the truth”. Bajpai cited statistics to stress that the state government failed to utilise the financial allocations made in the last year’s budget and asked reasons for increasing the budget size this year.

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