LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh finance minister Suresh Khanna on Thursday presented the state’s largest-ever budget of Rs 6.15 lakh crore, with a major thrust on employment, skill development and start-ups.
In his 90-minute budget speech that was interspersed with chants of ‘Har Har Mahadev’, Khanna said that the unemployment rate had fallen to 2.9 per cent in April 2022 from a whopping 18 per cent in June 2016.
The Yogi government aims to create more than 4 lakh jobs in the next five years, the finance minister announced, adding that it will set up 10,000 start-ups and 100 incubation centres.
He also informed the assembly that the BJP government had provided employment to 1.81 crore youths in the private sector, helped 60 lakh youths in self-employment, and given 4.5 lakh government jobs in the last five years.
Stressing the government’s focus on small and medium enterprises, Khanna, with chief minister Yogi Adityanath sitting by his side, informed that 3.97 lakh units were registered and 27.84 lakh jobs created in the financial year 2021-22.
There is an immense potential for job creation in the field of medical education in Uttar Pradesh, Khanna told the legislators. “Nearly 3000 nurses have been appointed in government medical colleges and hospitals, and around 10,000 additional posts for nurses have been created,” he said.
The state government has proposed Rs 10,547.42 crore for National Rural Health Mission and Rs 620 crore for Prime Minister Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana in FY23.
More than 2,940 hospitals have been empanelled under the Ayushman Bharat Yojna, Khanna said.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical University will be built with an estimated cost of Rs 100.45 crore in Lucknow, the finance minister said, adding that medical colleges are being constructed in 14 districts of the state as part of the ‘One District, One Medical College’ vision.
The government has also announced Rs 113.52 crore to set up Ayush University in Gorakhpur, the home turf of CM Yogi Adityanath.
Uttar Pradesh has become the first state in the country to flaunt five expressways and will soon have the distinct honour to have five international airports, finance minister Khanna said. Noida airport and Ayodhya airport are currently under construction.
After the presentation of the budget, chief minister Yogi said it will serve as a vision for the all-around development of the state in the next five years and help the state achieve its goal of being a Rs 1 trillion economy.
Speaking to reporters here, the chief minister said that 97 out of the total 130 resolutions taken in the BJP manifesto for the recently-concluded Assembly polls have been addressed in this budget.
The government is planning to start organic farming in the hilly and barren lands of Bundelkhand in the next five years.
It will set up the Purohit Kalyan Board to promote the welfare of elderly saints, the chief minister said, adding that it will launch ‘Abhyuday Yojna’ to help students from economically weaker sections prepare for competitive exams.
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