Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said the annual budget for 2013-2014 would unleash development and growth even as he blamed the centre for not releasing funds earmarked for Uttar Pradesh.
“Uttar Pradesh will move ahead expeditiously on the path of development after the budget,” said chief minister while speaking to media persons after the presentation of the annual budget in Vidhan Sabha here on Tuesday. The chief minister said this was the second budget of his government and allocations had been made to cover all the sections of the society.
Asked about the low utilisation of funds by various departments, the chief minister said his government was able to get barely a few months to spend the money after presenting the annual budget for 2012-2013.
“The budget was passed in July 2012. Soon the Monsoon arrived affecting the work. The departments, however, started work and are doing well,” said chief minister.
He said the state government had not been able to use the funds of various central schemes due to non release of funds from the centre. “The state government expected to get Rs. 40,000 crore in 2012-2013. It, however, has got only Rs. 19000 crore so far,” Yadav said adding a number of other states were also facing the same problem. “This is not the complaint of UP itself, several states are making similar complaint. I not saying anything wrong... this is not political, whatever I am saying is based on facts,” he said.
Giving details of funds released so far, Yadav said the centre had given only a sum of Rs. 1170 crore for the implementation of the rural job scheme under the Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Act (MNREGS) against the promised sum of 4500 crore, Rs. 94 crore had been received against Rs. 1700 crore earmarked for an irrigation scheme and Rs. 596 crore had not been received for distribution of scholarships for the backward classes.
In reply to a question, he said metro service had reached Noida and Ghaziabad, but keeping in mind expansion of Lucknow and traffic problems, it was also needed here. “A study is being conducted and work will start soon,” he said.
Chief secretary Javed Usmani said Rs. 38000 crore had been spent by various departments against the sanctions of about Rs. 43000 crore released so far.