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Youth, Farmers And Infrastructure Given Privilege In Yogi's UP Budget 2018-19

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| February 16 , 2018 , 21:26 IST

Yogi Adityanath-led UP government proposed the state budget of 2018 on Friday which is estimated to be Rs 4.28 lakh crore. The Budget is engrossed towards farmers, youth, infrastructure and urban development.

Presenting the budget in Assembly, State's Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal said, “The budget size for 2018-19 is Rs 4,28,384,52 crore which is 11.4% higher than the last fiscal.”

Committed to doubling farmers’ income, the budget focused on providing new irrigation scheme with a large fund to the farmers. Measures for improving soil health and new marketing platforms for purchasing the farm produce and some subsidies have also been taken care of.

The Finance Minister considering farmer's situation and youth issue of unemployment said that 5,500 centres will be opened in the coming year to purchase wheat and Rs 100 crore would be allocated for Chief Minister's Self-Employment scheme to generate employment among youth.

After farmers and youth, the budget focused on infrastructure by ensuring development on Poorvanchal and Bundelkhand expressways including the establishment of Metros in Kanpur, Meerut and Agra.

The Budget allocated last year was Rs 3.84 lakh crore, the funds this year have been increased with new schemes worth Rs 14,341.89 crore.

Another focus in the budget is likely to be cows and their conservation. Therefore, one can expect new schemes for dairy development, the establishment of cow sheds and special assistance for cow rearing. Similarly, the budget also focused on pilgrimages and religious places with additional funds, beautification, developmental projects and aviation service in progress.

Here are some important highlights of UP budget:
* Rs 2757 crore given for minority welfare.
* Rs 1.5 crore new electricity connections.
* Rs 575 crore allocated for 'divyang' pension scheme.
* Rs 100 crore for cremation grounds.
* Rs 30 crore for e-office under IT.
* Rs 1650 crore allocated for the smart city.
* Rs 10 crore allocated for solar energy provision in prisons.
* Rs 100 crore earmarked for fertilizers to farmers.
* Rs 94.2 crore to construct Ghaziabad Bhawan.
* Rs 3780 crore for providing nutrition to children under child development.
* Rs 250 crore given for regional rapid transport.
* Rs 1500 crore for Kumbh Mela.

* Rs 2873 crore earmarked for PM Gram Sadak Yojna.

* Rs 404 crore allocated for madarsa modernisation.
* Rs 21 crore for Ahilyabai Free Education Scheme.
* Rs 250 crore for mass marriage ceremonies.
* Rs 7658 crore allocated for social welfare schemes.

* Rs 1705 crore for welfare of the backward community.
* Rs 40 crore earmarked for giving uniform to school children.
* Rs 70 crore allocated for Ramayan, Budh and Sufi tourist circuit.
* Rs 57 crore for Border area development.
* Rs 351 crore allocated for Sabla Yojna for women.
* Rs 15 crore allocated for dairy development.
* Rs 650 crore given for expansion of state highways.

* Rs 11,000 crore for roads development.
* Rs 350 crore allocated for railway foot-over-bridges.
* Rs 1614 crore for Saryu Nahar Pariyojna.
* Rs 291 crore for Matra Vandan Yojna.
* Rs 100 crore given for CM Youth Self Employment scheme.
* Rs 200 crore allocated for Mukhyamantri Awas Yojna.
* Rs 10 crore for Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Udyog scheme.
* Rs 5000 crore for ponds to be created in Bundelkhand.
* Rs 500 crore allocated for constructing Lucknow-Agra expressway.
* Rs 75 crore for Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay mini dairy scheme.
* Rs 1000 crores proposed for Poorvanchal Expressway.
* Rs 7000 crore for cleaning of river Ganga.

* Rs 14,300 crores for new schemes to be initiated.
* Rs 98.50 crore allocated for setting up the shelter for stray animals.
 
Finance minister Rajesh Agarwal will unveil new schemes for farmers, youth and skilled hands as an amalgamation of development and welfare for people negatively affected by demonetisation and GST.