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Doles for the jobless, addl DA for UP staff

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav today presented an election budget making populist announcements, including payment of unemployment allowance for graduate and postgraduate youths, additional installment of dearness allowance to government employees w. e. f. April 1, 2006, allocation to extend metro rail project to NOIDA and sops to dalits and minorities etc.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 01:44 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav today presented an election budget making populist announcements, including payment of unemployment allowance for graduate and postgraduate youths, additional installment of dearness allowance to government employees w. e. f. April 1, 2006, allocation to extend metro rail project to NOIDA and sops to dalits and minorities etc.

Yadav said the State Government would pay “unemployment allowance” of Rs 500 per month to unemployed graduates and undergraduates registered with employment exchanges by December 31, 2005.

Much significance is being attached to the scheme that has been brought in an obvious bid to counter Centre’s National Employment Guarantee Scheme that promises employment in rural areas. Yadav said the State Government had implemented the central scheme in selected districts and a provision of Rs 130 crore will be made to provide unemployment allowance to those who failed to get 100-day employment. Referring to State Government’s decision to merge 50% DA in the basic salary of employees, the CM said additional installment of the DA would also be given to the employees from April 1, 2006.

A provision of Rs 600 crore has been made for the purpose.

Announcing sops to various sections, Yadav said new schemes involving expenditure to the tune of Rs 6,507 crore had been introduced in the annual budget that was being presented in time for the third consecutive year. Making a bid to consolidate minority vote bank, the CM announced a number of measure for minorities that included setting up of a commission to submit recommendations in three month to ensure participation of minorities in government jobs and promote education among them.

Significantly, no new taxes have been proposed in the annual budget for 2006-2007 that shows a deficit of Rs 2309.49 crore. No taxes have been proposed obviously in view of Vidhan Sabha elections. As per budgetary proposals total receipts of State Government were estimated to be in the range of Rs 80540.47 crore while total expenditure was estimated to be to the tune of Rs 82849.96 crore thereby leaving a deficit of Rs 2309.49 crore. The State Government, however, proposes to draw Rs 2448.70 crore from public account to get a net balance of Rs 139.21 crore. As the State Government is likely to have a negative opening balance of Rs 503.17 crore at the beginning of 2006-2007, it would be left with a negative balance of Rs 363 crore. The State Government proposes to bring down the deficit by cutting expenditure and increase revenue.

Dwelling on achievements, Yadav said 1205 proposals for investments to the tune of Rs 48000 crore and promising employment to 3 lakh people had been received in the last two years. He called the budget development oriented and said the state government expected to achieve growth rate target of 6 per cent in 2005-2006. A sum of Rs 28,000 crore would be invested in energy sector in the next six years to install new projects to generate 7000 MW of additional power, he said.

A sum of Rs 4029 crore had been allocated in medical and health sector thereby raising the allocations by 65 per cent in comparison to figures of previous year, he said.

Other major announcements made in the budget include three new medical colleges to be set up in Azamgarh, Kannauj and Jalaun with an investment of Rs 410 crore. In 2006-2007 the State Government also proposes to set up 75 government homoeopathy colleges. A sum of Rs 3 crore has been given for stem cell research in all allopathic medical colleges.

A new para-medical college is being set up with an investment of Rs 184 crore. A sum of R 105 crore has been given to KGMU to meet various expenses while a sum of Rs 53 crore has been allocated to King George Dental Sciences University. A sum of Rs 47 crore has been allocated for three major hospitals of Lucknow. This includes a sum of Rs 10 crore to provide better emergency and other facilities at Balrampur hospital, Rs 12 crore for upgradation of Dr Shyama Prasad Mukerjee Civil Hospital and Rs 25 crore to carry out various construction works at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Gomti Nagar here.

The chief minister also announced a number of decisions to make Uttar Pradesh IT savvy. A sum of Rs 20 crore has been allocated to set up four polytechnics of information technology. A sum of Rs 12 crore has been arranged to provide solar energy operated computers to 10 primary schools in every district. The State Government proposes to set up Citizen Service Centres (CSC) in villages to provide employment to educated youth by setting up kiosks. A sum of Rs 1 crore has been allocated to make digitize information under the Right to Information Act while Rs 3 crore have been given to set up a state data centre under national e-governance programme.

A sum of Rs 50 crore would be spent on setting up of two engineering colleges while another 75 Industrial Training Institutes would also be set up. The state government’s scheme to provide chamber to advocates would be extended to tehsil level now, he said.

Yadav made a special mention of success of “Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan” and said the dropout rate had come down from 40 to 24 per cent in the past three years. He said 4700 new schools would be set up in 2006-07 under the programme. He said free textbooks would be given to general category students as are given students belonging to scheduled caste and backward classes.

A special scheme “Balika Shri” has been introduced to protect girl child among scheduled castes. A sum of Rs 10 crore has been allocated to provide Rs 200 insurance cover and saving certificates of Rs 800 for SC girls covered under the scheme. This is in addition to the Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme launched earlier. A sum of Rs 600 crore has been allocated under the scheme, the target of which has been doubled.

Ydav announced the compensation provided to the family belonging to below poverty line in case of death of earning member had been doubled from Rs 10000 to Rs 20000. All eligible old age people, widows and handicapped persons residing in areas covered under the scheme would be given pension now. A new social security scheme titled “Janshri Bima” for Khadi workers has been launched.
Chief Minister also announced that the new scheme of the trade tax department introducing categorization of form-31 linked to value of imported goods has been deferred. Yadav said the State Government had decided to go ahead with previous arrangement in this regard.

Yadav declared the State Government was giving top priority to check pollution in major rivers- Ganga, Yamuna and Gomti. A sum of Rs 88 crore had been allocated for the purpose, he said. Announcing that UPSRTC proposed to buy 1000 new buses (including 200 mini buses), Yadav said CNG operated buses would be run in state and television sets would be installed in all the special and prestigious bus services. The State Government proposed to set up a Passenger Facility Centre and national level Transport Research Institute, he said adding trauma centres would be set up at accident prone places on national and state highways to ensure timely treatment of victims. A sum of Rs 736 crore has been sanctioned to extend Delhi Metro project to NOIDA, he said.

Chief Minister announced that a provision of Rs 237 crore had been made and a scheme to rehabilitate UPICA, Rampur Sugar Mill, Karamchari Kalyan Nigam, cooperative societies and cooperative banks was being formulated, he said. A dairy engineering and technology college and a fisheries college would be set up in Etawah, he said.

First Published: Feb 16, 2006 01:44 IST