Akhilesh Yadav, 42, is one of the youngest chief ministers in India presented his last and fifth budget of his government in UP positioning himself for 2017 assembly elections. This budget sees an increase of 14.6 per cent over the last year’s allocation. This is said to be the biggest budget of the state till date. Announcing the budget, the chief minister said that the Samajwadi Party government has worked for the welfare of people and has fulfilled all the promises.
He focused mainly on Farmers and youngster in budget:
He announced that his government has raised the target of the beneficiaries of Samajwadi pension scheme from 45 lakhs to 55 lakhs. “Samajwadi Sarvahit Insurance Scheme would be launched from this budget 2016-2017 thereunder around 2.50 crores account holder farmers would be covered. For weaker sections, a provision of Rs 1,550 crore has been made for old age/farmers’ pension, Rs 500 crore for family pension. Scheme of financial assistance for marriage of girls has been revived and Rs 121 crore for SC, Rs 1.30 crore for ST, Rs 154 crore for OBC, Rs 82 crore for minorities and Rs 41 crore for general category have been earmarked. Rs 2 crore has been allocated for compensation to the family members of sanitation workers who die during cleaning of septic tanks. Rs 541 crore has been earmarked for providing aid to destitute widows and their children belonging to general category and Rs 96 crore for destitute women belonging to SC/ST category Rs 2,000-crore allocation for the welfare of minorities, especially to promote education He also promised Rs 100 crore for supply of free laptops for merit students and power supply for 16 hours every day in rural areas by October. The budget has earmarked Rs 537 crore for scholarships to pre-10th standard students belonging to the minority communities. Besides, Rs 153 crore has been earmarked for post-10th standard scholarship and another Rs 150 crore for fees disbursement. The budget also makes an allocation of Rs 394 crore for providing modern education in recognised madarsas and maqtabs. Focusing on the water-scarce Bundelkhand region, he allocated over Rs 1,400 crore for it in 2016-17 annual budget for various projects. The fund size of special projects for Bundelkhand has been increased from Rs 71.50 crore to Rs 200 crore and a proposal worth Rs 200 crore has been earmarked for making special arrangements for potable water. Another Rs 500 crore has been proposed for surface source- based rural potable water project and Rs 338 crore for special projects for the region.