UP govt tables supplementary budget of Rs 34,833 cr with eye on 2019 polls
Besides demanding Rs 500 crore for the development of a defence corridor along the Bundelkhand Expressway and Rs 800 crore for the Jewar Airport in Greater Noida region, a sum of about Rs 25 crore has been earmarked to launch different projects in the name of late former PM Vajpayee.Updated: Aug 27, 2018 22:24 IST
The Yogi Adityanath government on Monday presented its first supplementary budget for 2018-2019 in the state assembly, demanding funds for the development of the defence corridor, Jewar Airport and projects to be launched in the memory of former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Uttar Pradesh’s finance minister Rajesh Agarwal presented the first supplementary demand of grant for Rs 34833.24 crore for 2018-2019, a mini-budget of sorts (largest in the recent years) brought in to implement development programmes ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
The budget was presented amid disorderly scenes and slogans to protest against the sexual abuse of minor girls at a shelter home in Deoria. The Samajwadi Party and Congress members continued to throng the well of the house demanding a probe by a Supreme Court judge and immediate discussion on the issue.
The Question Hour could not be held as the House was adjourned for the day after conducting its listed business amid disorder as Speaker Hridaya Narain Dixit’s repeated requests to restore order failed.
Besides demanding a sum of Rs 500 crore for the development of defence corridor along the Bundelkhand Expressway and Rs 800 crore for Jewar Airport in Greater Noida region, a sum of about Rs 25 crore has been earmarked to launch different projects in the name of Vajpayee.
These include Rs 10 crore for the development of Vajpayee’s birth place Bateshwar (Agra) and other places to preserve his memories, Rs 5 crore and additional Rs 1000 to set up a centre of excellence at DAV College (Kanpur) where Vajpayee received his higher education.
Another demand of Rs 5 crore includes Rs 1 crore for holding a cultural festival and Rs 4 crore for building a memorial complex in the former PM’s name. An additional sum of Rs 5 crore has been demanded to set up a satellite centre of King George Medical University, Lucknow, in Balrampur from where Vajpayee was first elected to the Lok Sabha. The centre is likely to be named after teh late leader.
The state government has earmarked Rs 2.07 crore for implementing the National Programme for Prevention and Management for burn injury and Rs 3.47 crore for implementing National Programme for Healthcare for the Elderly at the KGMU. An amount of Rs 20 crore has been demanded to set up Kanha gaushala (cow shelters) in urban areas.
Other major demands included funds for development projects in rural areas. A sum of Rs 5,500 crore has been demanded for construction of toilets under the Swachha Bharat Mission. An additional amount of Rs 1,500 crore has been sought for the implementation of the crop loan waiver scheme. An amount of Rs 1,385 crore has been demanded to clear the dues of cane growers.
The budget also earmarked Rs 800 crore for Kumbh Mela Rs 100 crore for hosting Pravasi Bharatiya Bharatiya Divas from January 21 to 23 next year in Varanasi.
Earlier the Samajwadi Party, Congress and the BSP rose from their seats soon after the house assembled at 11 am and leader of the opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary demanded immediate discussion on the Deoria shelter home incident. Later, the SP and Congress members entered the well of the house and continued raising anti-government slogans.