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New schemes, Ram temple focus of Rs 5.12-lakh crore UP budget


Lucknow, Feb 18: The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday presented a Rs 5,12,860.72 crore budget for FY 2020-21, which also includes Rs 500-crore allocation for constructing an airport in Ayodhya. The budget, the size of which is Rs 33,159 crore more than previous year's budget, has provisions for new schemes worth Rs 10,967.87 crore.

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For development of the pilgrim city Ayodhya as a tourist spot, the budget has earmarked Rs 85 crore and another Rs 10 crore for renovation of Tulsi Smarak Bhawan there. Among other major allocations for Ayodhya, where the construction of a Ram temple is expected to begin in couple of months, was Rs 500 crore for an airport.

Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister Suresh Khanna presents the State Budget 2020-21 in the UP Legislative Assembly, in Lucknow

The budget also earmarked Rs 180 crore for setting up a cultural centre in Varanasi and Rs 200 crore for expansion and beautification of Kashi Vishwanath temple. Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna presented the budget in the state assembly in the presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

This is the fourth budget of the Yogi government. BSP leader Lalji Verma described the budget as "directionless", to which Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit said that the members would get opportunity to speak during discussion on the budget.

As per the budget estimate for 2020-21, total receipts of Rs 5,00,558.53 crore are estimated. This includes Rs 4,22,567.83 crore by way of revenue and Rs 77,990.70 crore by way of capital receipts.

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    Revenue receipts include Rs 3,18,884.17 crore by way of tax revenue share, which includes Rs 1,66,021 crore by way of the state's own tax revenue and Rs 1,52,863.17 crore by way of the state's share in the central taxes. Total state expenditure is estimated at Rs 5,12,860.72 crore, which includes Rs 3,95,116.95 crore by way of revenue expenditure and Rs 1,17,743.77 crore by way of capital expenditure.

    After deducting total expenditure from the receipts of consolidated fund, a deficit of Rs 12,302.19 crore is estimated. Net receipts of Rs 8,500 crore are estimated from public account.

    Fiscal deficit of Rs 53,195.46 crore is estimated in the financial year 2020-21, which is 2.97 per cent of the Gross State Domestic Product estimated for this fiscal. A revenue saving of Rs 27,450.88 crore is estimated in the year 2020-21.

    The state's debt liability is estimated to be 28.8 per cent of the state's Gross Domestic Product.

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