Budget 2014: Know all what Modi govt offers for Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow, July 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government on Thursday rewarded the people of Uttar Pradesh by giving them the gift of proposed Lucknow metro project by allocating Rs 100 crore under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, kept in mind the largest state Uttar Pradesh, while penning down the budget 2014, the state that ensured BJP's humongous victory in the Lok Sabha election 2014. p

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 71 seats out of total 80 parliamentary seats, thus securing huge chunk of LS seats for their overall victory.

Another big-time game changer was give importance by the BJP in Uttar Pradesh is the allocation of Rs 4,200 crore which has been set aside for the 'Jal Marg Vikas' project on the Ganga river from Allahabad to Haldia, over a distance of 1,620 km.

This will be the first inland waterway in the country and the first time that a government has taken into account waterways as a commuting and commercially viable transport.

Rs 5000 crore for setting up trade facilitation centre has been allocated to promote handloom manufacture in Varanasi. It will give fresh impetus to the handloom and weavers community in the temple town, from where PM Modi had won by huge margins.

Rs 200 crore funds allocation for setting up units of trade centre in Barelli, Lucknow, Surat, Bhagalpur, Mysore and Tamil Nadu.

Development of textile mega cluster in Bareilly and Lucknow (from where the party's former chief Rajnath Singh is the MP) to promote zardozi and chikankari works is an appreciable step.

In his budget speech, Jaitley also announced that four new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) with a corpus of Rs 500 crore will be constructed including Poorvanchal in Uttar Pradesh, Vidarbha in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.

Education:

Madan Mohan Malviya scheme for education has been launched for the first time and Rs 100 crore has been arranged for modernisation of madarsas.

Tourism:

Development of Buddhist circuit mentioned in the budget would definitely benefit the eastern Uttar Pradesh in terms of tourism. Proposal to develop ghats in Varanasi, Allahabad and Kanpur under "Namami Gange".

Reactions:

Samajwadi Party general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Ram Gopal Yadav termed the budget "thoroughly disappointing and far away from reality".

"This budget is for corporates and industrialists and does not take into account the common man," he said.

BJP UP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak: "The budget presented by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely is historic for Uttar Pradesh. For the first time it seems to be the budget for the entire country and it reflects from the announcements made in it. The Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has opened new gates for the development of Uttar Pradesh."

Urmila Singh, a retired government employee: "We cannot call the budget exceptionally good but it appears to be in the right direction."

Bina Sharma, a practising doctor, welcomed the budget and said the Narendra Modi government has so far lived up to the expectations.

On June 20, the state's Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had presented budget of Rs 2,74,705 crore for FY 2014-15, with a deficit estimated at Rs 4,132 crore and with no new tax,

Uttar Pradesh is currently grappling with issues like spate of rapes, political murders, deterioration of law and order, power scarcity and plight of farmers and sugarcane growers.

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