Uttar Pradesh

Highlights of Uttar Pradesh budget 2015-16

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav presented Rs 3.02 lakh crore annual budget of state on 24 February 2015.

In annual budget state government has given main thrust on agriculture, education, power, health, roads and infrastructure development.

Key facts from budget

  • The budget also contains the fiscal deficit of 2.96% of the total GDP of the state. Whereas the state’s debt is expected to be around 27.5% of its GDP.
  • Taxes: For 2015-16 no new taxes have been levied in the budget.
  • Agriculture: State government has declared year 2015-16 as the Farmers year. In this regard 1000 Agri centrs will be established to promote agriculture as a good mean of livelihood among young farmer entrepreneurs.
  • Government Schemes: State government has included new schemes of over Rs 9388 crores in the budget. For farmer’s accident insurance scheme, Rs 600 crores have been allocated.
  • For women empowerment, Rs. 100 crore Mahila Samman Kosh has been created.
  • For free laptop for meritorious students scheme, state government has allocated Rs 100 crores.
  • Power sector: Rs 25764 crores have been allocated for power up gradation and line maintenance in the state.
  • Health: State government of built state of the art cancer Institute in Lucknow with a cost of Rs 854 crores. for In proposed budget Rs 111 crores have been allocated.
  • Infrastructure: State government allocated Rs 3000 crores to Lucknow Agra Express way. It will longest elevated expressway in India on completion.

Union Government approves various highway projects worth Rs 8,600 crore

Union Government has approved various highway projects in states of Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Chhattisgarh worth over Rs 8,600 crore. The work for these approved road projects will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-V.

This decision was taken by Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Decisions taken by CCEA

  • Uttar Pradesh- Approved six-laning of the Handia-Varanasi section of National Highway. This project’s cost is estimated to be Rs 2378.59 crore and total length of the road will be approximately 72.4 kms.
  • Odisha- Approved six-laning of Baleshwar-Chandikhole section of National Highway. The project cost is estimated to be Rs 2296.82 crore and total length of the road will be approximately 137 kms.
  • Chhattisgarh- approved development of four to six laning of the Raipur-Bilaspur section of National Highway. The cost is estimated to be Rs 1,963.88 crore and total length of the road will be approximately 127 kms.

Other Decisions taken by CCEA

  • Approved the continuation of the incentive scheme for marketing and promotion services of raw sugar production during current sugar season of 2014-15. This approval has been given for quantity of 14 lakh Metric tonne.
  • CCEA also fixed uniform rate of 4000 rupees per metric tonne for this season. The decision will help sugar mills to clear the cane price dues of the farmers.

Jawed Usmani takes oath as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of UP

Former IAS officer Jawed Usmani took oath as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of Uttar Pradesh (UP).

He was administered oath to office by Governor of UP Ram Naik at a function at Raj Bhawan in Lucknow.

He was sworn-in to office after he had taken voluntary retirement as Chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Board of Revenue.

Background

Jawed Usmani was appointed as UP CIC in November 2014. But during this appointment, he was the chairman of Uttar Pradesh Board of Revenue.

He was able to take over as state CIC as Right to Information Act, 2005 has provision mentioning that any person while he/she is in government service cannot be can be appointed to this statutory post.

About Jawed Usmani

  • Jawed Usmani is a 1978 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer.
  • He holds MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad and MSc degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics.
  • Earlier, he had served as secretary in Union coal ministry and also as joint secretary to the several Prime Ministers including H D Deve Gowda, I K Gujral and Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 1996 to 2001.
  • He also had served as joint secretary of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh between 2004 and 2007
  • He was a senior advisor to the Executive Director at the World Bank in Washington DC and Minister of Economic Cooperation at the Embassy of India in Nepal.
  • In 2012, he had served as Chief Secretary in Uttar Pradesh.

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