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UP CM scraps freebies, govt to focus on building infrastructure

UP CM scraps freebies, govt to focus on building infrastructure
Uttar Pradesh chief minister rolled back the much-hyped free laptop for class XII students and unemployment allowance schemes as Akhilesh Yadav tabled a tax-free deficit budgetary proposals for 2014-15 in the state assembly.

Yadav, who is also the state finance minister, presented a Rs 4,132 crore deficit budget with expenditure of Rs 2,74,705  crore and income of Rs 2,70,573 crore.

BJP boycotted the budget proceedings claiming that the Samajwadi Party government had failed to implement proposals of the past two budgets. The SP government in the budget did not mention about the laptop distribution scheme, unemployment allowances or other welfare schemes such as Kanya Vidyadhan. No budget allotments have been made for these schemes.

‘These schemes were in the first phase of our strategy. We gave laptops and now we are looking for e-libraries which will help a large cross section of students in schools and colleges,’ he said and added that instead of freebies the government is now focusing on building infrastructure.
Yadav said that this year the budget provision was 24 per cent more than the previous financial year. The budget includes new schemes to the tune of Rs 20,039 crore.

Targeting to improve the law and order situation, the government has allotted Rs 12,400 crore for augmenting police force, strengthening its mobilisation and modernisation in order to further reinforce law and order in the state.

In order to improve power situation in the state, the Akhilesh Yadav government has allotted Rs 23,928 crore for power projects to refurbish power system. Besides, Rs 359 crore has been kept for construction of toilets in the rural areas particularly in village houses.

The government has sanctioned Rs 2,424 crore for its ambitious Samajwadi Pension Scheme to provide four million poor families a monthly pension of Rs 500 per month.
Earlier in February, the government had passed an interim budget for first four months of the current fiscal due to Lok Sabha polls.

SP government has promised to supply power round-the-clock in the urban areas and 18 hours in the rural areas from 2016-17. In order to implement 11.11 kms of Metro rail project under the Metro rail expansion programme in Ghaziabad city, government has proposed Rs 1,838 crore. Besides Rs 95 crore has been allotted for Lucknow Metro project.

The Akhilesh Yadav government has allotted Rs 49,108 crore, about 82 per cent higher than the previous year for strengthening and upkeep of infrastructure facilities such as roads, bridges and development of irrigation and  power.

A provision of Rs 14,337 crore, about 34 per cent higher than the previous year, has been made for qualitative improvement in and expansion of medical, health and family welfare sector. Rs 3,280 crore have been proposed for the 300 kms six-lane expressway between Agra to Lucknow while Rs 50 crore has been provided for construction of link roads under Shree Ramsharan Das Gram Sadak Yojna.

 Rs 400 crore have been allotted for payment of dues to the cane farmers of cooperative sugar mills.
 For the weaker section, Rs 1,613 crore have been sanctioned for old age and kisan pension while Rs 300 crore have been provided for battery operated rickshaws for 60,000 poor rickshaw pullers.
 An IT city has also been proposed for Agra like Lucknow.
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