Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth addressing a press conference in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. Photo/ANI
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth addressing a press conference in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. Photo/ANI

UP govt presents 'biggest ever' Rs 4.79 crore Budget

ANI | Updated: Feb 07, 2019 16:57 IST

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), [India], Feb 7 (ANI): Just ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday presented a populist Rs 4.79 lakh crore budget with chief minister Yogi Adityanath calling it "biggest budget" ever.
Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal presented the 2019-20 budget in the state assembly.
This is the third budget of the Yogi Adityanath government. The outlay for coming fiscal year is 12 per cent higher than the current year's budget Rs 4.28 lakh crore.
Addressing a press conference Adityanath said: "We have presented the third budget of BJP-led government in the state. I'm glad to announce that it is the biggest budget ever, which aims at Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas. We have presented a budget of Rs 4.79 lakh crore for 2019-20 today."
"The budget focuses on every section of the society, including farmers, healthcare and employment for the youth. As compared to last year, we have allocated 20 per cent higher amount to electricity department," the Chief Minister added.
Stating that the government is putting immense efforts to strengthen the electricity system in the state, the Chief Minister said: “The state government has not seen anyone's caste. We have given benefit to every class. More than 40 million electricity connections have been given. Around 13 million people got the benefit of the Ujjwala scheme. We have given Rs 9.5 crore for the construction of household toilets.”
Talking about the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) meant for farmers, Yogi Adityanath stated, “Our government is providing double MSP prices to the farmers. Since the last two years, we have been providing better prices to farmers for their crop. The state government had procured 45 to 47 lakh metric tonnes of crop from them.”
“This year, we have also focused on the modernisation of the police department, for which, we have increased the budget by 42.4 per cent,” he added.
“We gave five new medical colleges to the state. Construction of 15 new medical colleges is underway. The budget set aside for the education department has witnessed a growth of 7.86 per cent this year while a budget sanctioned for women and child development section has witnessed a boost of 2.3 per cent. In this year budget,  we have included students belonged to minority classes in various scholarship schemes,” said the Chief Minister while stressing that the state government want to provide quality education to children.
“We will construct three more universities in the state, including a medical university in Lucknow, Ayush Vishwadlya and one in Saharanpur,” he added.
Yogi Adityanath further stated that Rs 51,000 will be given to a couple under the Chief Minister Group Marriage Scheme, which was earlier set at Rs 35,000.
Elaborating about the pensions schemes meant for old people residing in the state, the Chief Minister said: “Rs 400 was given to people under old age pension schemes, however, we have increased the amount by Rs 100 and made it Rs 500. In the old-age pension scheme, we have also included 38,000 Divyangs (persons with disability).
Some of the other major highlights of the project are as follows:
Rs 18,845 crore for basic education.
Rs 6,240 crore for the Pradhanmantri Avas Yojna.  
Rs 13,135 crore for development of roads under PWD and Rs 2,100 crore for construction of bridges. 
Rs 3,488 crore for implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. 
Rs 3,000 crore for piped drinking water scheme in Vindhya region, Bundelkhand and some of the villages affected by low-quality water.
Rs 2,954 crore for the National Rural Drinking Water Programme and Rs 1,393 crore for National Rural Livelihood Mission.  
Rs 1,200 crore has been set aside to launch Kanya Sumangla Yojana for the welfare of girls.
Rs 910 crore for minority community students scholarships.
Rs 459 crore for modernisation of Arabic/Persian language Madrasas.
Rs 300 crore and Rs 200 crore for special programmes in Poorvanchal and Bundelkhand respectively.
Rs 300 crore for development of shrines.
Rs 247.60 crore for construction and maintenance of gaushalas in the rural areas and Rs 200 crore for the upkeep of stray cattle in urban areas.
Rs 207 crore for development and maintenance of the corridor from Ganga ghat to Kashi Vishwanath temple.
Rs 101 crore for beautification of tourist places in Ayodhya and Rs 125 crore for 'Braj teerth'.
Rs 8 crore for Mathura Vrindavan auditorium.
Moreover, in order to develop the Metro lines and airports of the state, the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has allocated Rs 175 crore for Metro rail projects in Kanpur and Agra, Rs 150 crore for the initial work of Metro rail projects in Varanasi, Meerut, Gorakhpur, Prayagraj and Jhansi besides Rs 400 crore for Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut regional rapid transit system.
An amount of Rs 1,000 crore has been allocated for development of airports in the state: Rs 800 crore for Jewar airport and Rs 200 crore for the airport in Ayodhya. (ANI)