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Polls in mind, UP CM Akhilesh presents supplementary budget

PTI
Published Aug 23, 2016, 5:38 pm IST
Updated Aug 23, 2016, 5:39 pm IST
The ruling Samajwadi Party has made development its main plank for the Assembly polls scheduled early next year.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav meets people at a programme in Lucknow. (Photo: PTI)
 Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav meets people at a programme in Lucknow. (Photo: PTI)

Lucknow: A few months ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday presented the first supplementary budget for completion of ongoing infrastructure projects.

The ruling Samajwadi Party has made development its main plank for the Assembly polls scheduled early next year and is trying hard to project the state as an industrial hub.

 

The Rs 25,347.87-crore budget earmarked Rs 800 crore for acquiring land for the proposed 'Samajwadi Purvanchal Expressway' project.

Making it appear like an election-oriented budget, Yadav, who also holds the finance portfolio, sought Rs 200 crore for the information department to publicise the schemes and projects of the state government.

He sought Rs 100 crore for setting up a perfume park and a museum in Kannauj, represented by Dimple Yadav, MP and wife of Akhilesh.

An amount of Rs 307 crore has been set aside for tourist spots, Rs 100 crore for development of small airstrips, Rs 30 crore for beautification and development of Tajganj area, Rs 50 crore for setting up Mughal museum at Agra and Rs 25 crore for Taj orientation centre.

 

It also proposed Rs 15.29 crore for renovation of Jawaharbagh park in Mathura, which was in news for violent clashes during an anti-encroachment drive in which two police officers were killed.

The government has sought Rs 3,320 crore for Public Works Department and Rs 2,000 crore for farmers hit by hailstorm and natural calamity.

An additional allocation of Rs 85 crore has been made for farmers' accident insurance scheme.

An amount of Rs 15 has been earmarked for the 'Model Charkha' scheme for the weavers belonging to the SC and ST communities in Bundelkhand region.

 

It also proposed Rs 500 crore under the Rapid Action Programme for region.

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