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UP CM Yogi Presents His Maiden Budget, Annual Spending Pegged 10.9 Percent Higher

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| July 11 , 2017 , 14:46 IST

The first budget of the new Uttar Pradesh BJP government was presented on Tuesday which marked the opening day of the budget session of the state legislature.

Finance Minister of UP Rajesh Agarwal presented the first budget of the Yogi Adityanath government for 2017-18 in the state assembly, and in his speech highlighted that a high growth trajectory of 10 percent is expected over the next 5 years.

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Under his maiden budget, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has sanctioned an annual budget of Rs 3,84,659.71 crore for the year 2017-2018 an increase of 10.9 percent from last fiscal. One of the major promises of the BJP government in their election manifesto to waiver farm loans was also cleared in the budget.

Here are highlights from the first Budget session:

*The budget has allocated  Rs 55,781.96 crore for new schemes

* Rs 551 crore for Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and 254 crores for mid-day meal scheme

* Lucknow Metro, Poorvanchal Expressway and job creation are focus areas of the government, says Rajesh Agarwal, finance minister UP

* In major cities along the Ganga - Kanpur, Allahabad, and Varanasi - water quality assessment will be done

* Rs 3255 crore allocated for construction of toilets in the state

* Rs 1000 crore announced for Swachh Bharat Mission in Uttar Pradesh cities

* Role of farmers will be increased to enhance forest cover in the state, says the finance minister

* Rs 394 crore provision for madrassas in the state

* 712 more '108 ambulances' to be introduced in state

* Rs 142 crore budget for scholarship up to class tenth and Rs 50 crore for WiFi in degree colleges and universities

* Rs 800 crore for Prasad Yojna in Ayodhya-Mathura-Kashi regions

* Rs 300 crore allocated to distribute socks, shoes, and sweaters among school children

* Rs 40 crore allocated for abandoned and stray animals under a scheme named Besahara Pashu Yojna

* Ecotourism and adventure tourism to be developed in the state

* Rs 25 crore for providing helicopter services at tourist places and Rs 10 crore for development of tourism in Vindhyachal region

* Rs 50 crore provision for WiFi scheme in the state and Rs 2800 crore for safe drinking water in Bundelkhand and Purvanchal

* Bachpan Divas to be celebrated on 5th of every month and Laadli Divas on 15th and Matratva Divas on 25th of every month

* Rs 25 crore to develop water sports in Ramgarh Taal in Yogi Adityanath's Gorakhpur district

* Rs 200 crore for special schemes for Bundelkhand; Rs 300 crore for special schemes for Poorvanchal

* Rs 71 crore to connect district headquarters with four lane roads

* Rs 288 crore announced for four metros and Rs 3972 crore for the upkeep of state roads

* Rs 10 crore Budget for Pt Deendayal Upadhyay Kisan Samriddhi Yojna

* Rs 36 crore provision in Budget for loan waiver of farmers

* UP finance minister announces launch of groundwater conservation mission in his Budget speech

* New policy for solar power in the state launched

* 1,29,38 quintal potato stored in private cold storages

* No mention of Poorvanchal Expressway in the Budget speech

* UP government to roll out new schemes worth Rs 55748 crore

* 4.5 times more wheat purchased by state govt this year

Inputs from PTI