UP council approves budget amid walkout by SP members

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Lucknow, Oct 31 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council today passed the first supplementary budget for the current financial year to the tune of Rs 1999.85 crore amid noisy walkout by the main Opposition Samajwadi Party (SP) members.

After the lunch hour, uproarious SP, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) members termed the first supplementary budget as ''anti-people.'' Raking up the issue, leader of teachers group in the state legislature Om Prakash Sharma denounced the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), saying ''budget is the reflection of every government policies. Sadly, it lacks schemes to improve the dismal law and order situation in the state.'' ''Instead of tightening noose on goons and mafias, besides creating fear-free society, the Mayawati government is trying to trap other party leaders in fake criminal cases,'' he alleged.

Mr Sharma maintained the state government has made provision for the training of IAS officers, but it is continously neglecting secondary education. UNESCO's latest research states a comman man spends 28 per cent of his income on secondary education, while it is provided free in developed countries.

''The budget is not only disappointing but also hopeless,'' he underlined.

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