Yogi govt 2.0 table on “Atmanirbhar UP” budget: women’s safety, startups in the spotlight

Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister Suresh Khanna presented the first budget of the Yogi Adityanath government for his second term in the Legislative Assembly on Friday. Stating that the state’s economy is improving rapidly, Khanna said, “We believe we will be successful in bringing the economy to $1 trillion.”

Sharing a tweet as the budget was tabled, Adityanath wrote in Hindi: “There is a resolution for ‘self-governing Uttar Pradesh’ in the budget.”

In tabling the budget, the Minister of Finance said that 10,000 startups and 100 incubators will be created over the next five years in the state to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in various fields among young people. Under the Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra, 2022, a target has been set to distribute two crores of smartphones and tablets over the next five years among young people in urban and rural areas to make them technically proficient, Khanna said.

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Sitting next to the Chief Minister, the FM said that the free tablet/smartphone distribution scheme was started from December 25, 2021, under which about 12 lakh tablets/smartphones were made available to districts for distribution.

Under the Swami Vivekananda Yuva Sashaktikaran program, a provision of 1,500 crore has been proposed for the financial year 2022-2023.

He said the unemployment rate in the state was 18% in June 2016, which fell to 2.9% in April 2022.

“Over the past five years, more than 9.25 lakh youths have been certified by the Skills Development Mission of Uttar Pradesh providing them with training in various types of short term training programs in which 4, 22 lakh youths have been employed in various reputable companies.”

The Minister of Finance said that for the safety and security of women and girls, the state government has set up a “women’s help desk” in all 1,535 police stations in the state.

To promote women’s participation in the police, the government has allocated 10,370 battered gendarmes to 2,740 female police officers in the districts. In addition, three female Provincial Armed Gendarmerie (PAC) battalions in Lucknow, Gorakhpur and Budaun will be established for maximum female participation. He proposed a provision of 20 crore for women safety and empowerment and skills development under Mission Shakti program in micro and small industries sector.

The FM proposed a provision of 523.34 crores for the implementation of the program in Lucknow, Gautam Budh Nagar, Agra, Varanasi, Gorakhpur and Prayagraj for the safety of women under the Safe City program.

Khanna also proposed a budget of 276.66 crores for a special security force to provide security for courts and historical and religious places including Ayodhya, Kashi and Mathura.

An amount of 250 crore has been offered for security equipment and weapons for district police stations. He said that a forensic institute is being set up in Lucknow.

Finance Minister Suresh Khanna said ATS centers would be built in Meerut, Bahraich, Kanpur, Azamgarh and Rampur. Apart from this, the UP Special Security Force has been formed for the security of important UP establishments, for which a provision of 276.66 crore was offered. A provision of 730.88 crores have been offered for the second phase of the UP-112 program.

Khanna said UP ranks at the top for providing annual financial aid worth 6,000 each to 250 million farmers from the Prime Minister’s Kisan Samman Nidhi programme. He said UP was also the first state in the country to have five highways. Khanna further said that three green energy corridors will be created in Bundelkhand.

In a bid to develop the sport, the FM has proposed the establishment of “Khelo India Centres” in each district of the state as part of the centre’s unique sports programme. No new taxes were proposed in the budget.

(With contributions from the UP office)


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