Even the biggest budget of Uttar Pradesh has not been able to fulfill all the resolutions of the Yogi government. In many of the resolutions that the Finance Minister showed the courage to fulfill, the budget has not been able to arrange as promised. The wait has increased for facilities like free electricity for irrigation to farmers, free scooty to meritorious daughters pursuing higher education and free travel for elderly women in transport corporation buses.
Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna presented the account of the state’s biggest budget (Rs 6.15 lakh crore) on Thursday. The government insisted that it has incorporated 97 of the promises made in the Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra during the last assembly elections. Of these, 44 are new schemes. An arrangement of Rs 54,883 crore has also been made for the implementation of these promises. However, budget scrutiny shows that even the biggest budget could not find a way to implement the promises made to all sections.
For example, the first promise of the Sankalp Patra was to provide free electricity for irrigation to all farmers in the next five years. Similarly, meritorious college going girl students were told to provide free scooty under Rani Laxmi Bai Yojana and free travel facility to women above 60 years of age in Transport Corporation buses. Money could not be arranged in the budget for these three most publicized promises in the election.
Waiting on these key promises increased
There was a promise to start Avanti Bai Lodhi Self Help Group Mission at a cost of Rs.5,000 crore. But not mentioned in the new plan.
– Promise to start Nand Baba Mission in next 5 years at a cost of 1000 crores.
– Establishment of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Agri-Infrastructure Mission at a cost of 25 thousand crores.
-Loan up to one lakh to one crore women through self-reliant SHG credit cards.
-State Talent Search and Development Scheme at a cost of 500 crores. 5 lakh assistance to selected female athletes in this.
-Vishwakarma Technological Upgradation Program at a cost of 2500 crores. One ITI in every block.
– Maharishi Sushruta Infrastructure Mission at a cost of 10 thousand crores.
– Promise of Mukhyamantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana at a cost of Rs.5,000 crore. Proposal for Chief Minister’s Minor Irrigation Scheme of Rs 1,000 crore.