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The Uttar Pradesh Government, on Monday, announced a Whopping Rs 5.50 lakh crore budget as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath unveiled the plans to make his state 'aatmanirbhar', meaning self-reliant, in line with PM Narendra Modi's call at the national level.
With the Assembly polls in the state just about a year away, the Chief Minister announced new schemes worth Rs 27,598.40 crore for the state. The budget was presented by Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna. Interestingly, this was the first time that the Yogi Adityanath government presented a paperless budget in the state Assembly amid protests from the opposition demanding physical copies of the document.
"We had a paperless budget for the first time. With 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vishwas', this budget aims to bring, taps, electricity, roads, water to every household, alongside making every village digital. This budget is for youth, women, poor and farmers," Yogi Adityanath said.
The key takeaways of the budget include
Rs 101 crore for the construction of Maryada Purushottam Shriram Airport in Ayodhya. A total of Rs 2000 crore have been allotted for the construction of airports at Jewar, Chitrakoot and Sonbhadra.
Under the Chief Minister's scheme for the welfare of women, Rs 1200 crore have been allocated for giving tablets to girl students in the state.
Rs 1107 crore allotted for the construction of Purvanchal Expressway, Rs 1492 crore for Bundelkhand Expressway, Rs 750 crore for Gorakhpur Expressway, 2000 crore for development of Jewar expressway, 7200 crores for Ganga Expressway.
100 crore package for Bundelkhand, Rs 5,000 crores for PM Rural Road scheme
Rs 597 crore allotted for Kanpur metro. Rs 100 crore for Gorakhpur and Varanasi metro.
Rs 50 crore have been allocated for COVID-19 vaccination in the state.
Members of the Samajwadi Party protested outside the Vidhan Parishad as the Finance Minister started reading the budget. The Opposition demanded that they are given physical copies of the budget document.