UP budget session begins today

The Budget session of the Uttar Pradesh assembly begins Monday with Governor B L Joshi addressing the joint sitting of both the Houses of the state legislature.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who is also the state finance minister, would be tabling his maiden budgetary proposals for the current fiscal on 1 June.

Assembly speaker Mata Prasad Pandey held an all party meeting to seek support from all parties for smooth conduct of the House.

In another meeting Chief Minister has sought support from the opposition parties to run the House smoothly. The BSP, however, boycotted CM's lunch-on meeting.

'The government is ready to give reply and hold debate on all the major issues. Government will not shy away from any issue related to farmers or common masses,' he told reporters after the meeting.

The state assembly is slated to continue till 29 June, the day when the budgetary proposals would be passed.

Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly and BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya said that his party would raise several issues including the deteriorating law and order. 'We will raise people and farmer related issues and would not compromise with the government on any issue,' he said.

BJP legislature party leader Hukum Singh said his party's main focus would be farmers. 

The Chief Minister would present the budget on 1 June in which Yadav would announce budgetary allocation for the schemes he had promised during election campaign. This includes unemployment allowance, distribution of laptops and tablet to class XII and class X pass students and Rs 30,000 to Muslim girls who pass class X. Besides, Government will also make budgetary allocation for motorised rickshaw, the scheme that was announced last month.

During the session, the assembly would also approve several Bill for which Ordinances have been issued by the Governor.
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