Other than for villages, poor and farmers, work will be done on power, roads and water
Development work will be done in all regions without any prejudice
Opposition raking up unnecessary and baseless issues of law and order
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said that the state government had made a serious effort through the budget of 2014-15 for all-round development of the state. Through this budget, he added, work will be initiated in power sector, water and roads other than for villages, poor and the farmers.
The Chief Minister further informed that in the first phase of development, state government had taken up schemes like laptop distribution, Kanya Vidyadhan and unemployment scheme to benefit the youth of the state and now in the second phase, the state government was focussing on the rural sector, specially the infrastructure facilities in the poor localities other than giving fillip to the infrastructure facilities and to attract investment so as to create more jobs, through special provisions made in the budget.
He also assured members of the House that development of all regions will be taken up without any prejudice. The Chief Minister made these remarks while responding to the debate in the House on the budget for 2014-15. Mr. Yadav also expressed his amusement that the very people calling the free laptop scheme a ‘toy’ were now demanding its continuation.
Calling the scheme democratic and socialist scheme, the Chief Minister said beneficiaries of the scheme would benefit in long term and pointed out how more than 15 lakh students across the state benefited from the scheme of his government. He further informed that in future the state government would be working on the e-book and e-library projects and bring them within reach of the common man. He also said soon 4-G services would be made available in Lucknow.
Mr. Yadav also elaborated on various schemes taken up by the state government to make environment conducive for industry in the state and to attract more and more investment. In this light, he referred to the successful summit in New Delhi held recently which witnessed signing of MOUs and agreements worth Rs. 55,000 crore. He also slammed some people in the opposition for raking up baseless and unnecessary issues of law and order. Citing the example of the Budaun gang rape incident, the CM pointed out that in the unfortunate incident, the victims were labelled as from the scheduled caste, which was factually incorrect and added that almost at the same time similar incidents in Azamgarh, Etawah and other districts were raked up without even checking basic facts. Budaun incident, he added, was being probed by the CBI on a request made by the state government, the Chief Minister said while asking what else can a government do? He further informed that other than the 1090 Women Powerline, women cell would be established at the DGP office, besides, starting women helpline in all the districts of the State.
The Chief Minister said officers have been clearly asked to promptly attend to women related issues and oversee the follow up personally. He also reiterated the commitment of the state government in combating crimes against women and ensuring their safety and security. Saying that UP was an important state for the market forces and informed that UP consumed two crore eggs a day and the milk consumption was also on the rise. His government, he added was henceforth working to establish dairies and milk processing plants of Amul and other brands in Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Etawah.
It was due to the efforts of the state government that eminent company like HCL was establishing an IT City in the state capital, Mr. Akhilesh Yadav said and Infosys had acquired 25 acres of land in the state. Similarly, he added, Samsung was also keen to come to UP and that the government was coming up with policies to develop all sectors in the state. Many such projects including the 8-lane expressway between Agra-Lucknow, will not only benefit urban areas but also the rural sector in a big way, Mr. Yadav said.
The Chief Minister also delved on issues facing the power sector and said that large scale work was being done in generation, transmission and distribution sectors and underlined the government’s commitment of supplying 16-hour power to villages and 24-hours to the cities. With regards to the health sector many new medical colleges were being opened and budgetary provisions are being made to open a new medical college in Chandauli. Free medicines are being provided at government hospitals and proper sitting space is being created in government hospital OPD’s, Mr. Yadav informed.
The Chief Minister while speaking on the giant strides being taken on the education sector, he informed that more than 40 lakh registrations had taken place in the skill development programmes and said that the motor/battery/solar run modern rickshaws had not begun running owing to some technical problems and hoped that after amendments in the motor vehicles Act by the union government these problems will be taken care of. He also informed that UP was the only state which had metro rail projects running in three cities and stated that a DPR was also being prepared for cities like Kanpur, Varanasi, Meerut and Agra.
The Chief Minister also spoke on various other development and welfare schemes. He said that the allegations of shutting down the Loktantra Senani pension scheme were unfounded and informed that in fact the government had mooted an increase in the pension amount.