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Rs 800 crore allocated for Jewar airport in state budget

GREATER NOIDA: With Lok Sabha elections in sight, finance minister Rajesh Agarwal on Thursday presented UP’s biggest-ever funds which had the distinct mark of leader minister Yogi Adityanath.

So, while the government opened its purse strings for big-ticket infrastructure projects and social welfare schemes, there was beneficiant allocation for growing non secular sites and building of gaushalas.

However, to steadiness it out and challenge its goal of ‘inclusive growth’, the government also jacked up allocation for modernisation of madrasas and scholarship for minority students.

Agarwal set aside Rs 800 crore for the Jewar world airport challenge, whose land acquisition process in currently below manner. The minister also allocated just about Rs three,400 crore for the improvement of 3 new expressways — Purvanchal, Bundelkhand and Gorakhpur Link Expressway. With Ganga Experessway already announced remaining month, the 3 — at the side of Lucknow-Agra Expressway — will quilt almost the entire state. However, the Ganga Expressway, announced with much fanfare throughout Kumbh cupboard remaining months is yet to get a budgetary again up.

From the pure statistics point of view, the funds’s measurement — at Rs 4.79 lakh crore — is roughly 11.4% bigger than the former one. Almost one-fifth of the funds, roughly 1 lakh crore, has been earmarked for debt-servicing.

As for sectoral allocation, number one schooling got the largest chunk of Rs 54,000 crore, adopted by way of scheduled caste building — Rs 26,000 crore. However, if one adds up the allocations of various departments going to villages — agriculture, irrigation, rural building and panchayati raj — the kitty swells to Rs 62,000 crore, showing the rural push of the Yogi executive. However, there was unhappiness in store for sugarcane farmers as funds had no explicit allocation to transparent their staggering dues, a truth highlighted by way of former CM and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav. tnn

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