UP Govt Presents First Paperless Budget In Assembly

The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government on Monday presented a Rs 5,50,270.78 crore budget for 2021-22 in the state Assembly.

This is the Yogi Adityanath government’s first paperless budget. It is also the fifth budget of the present government in the state before the next UP Assembly polls in 2022.

The budget presented by Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna, in the presence of the chief minister, is over Rs 37,410 crore more than the previous year’s budget size, making it the largest fund allocation.

All members of the State Legislature were provided iPads to view the budget highlights which will also be available on two big screens put up in the House.

The Budget Session was commenced on February 18 with an address by Governor Anandiben Patel to a joint sitting of both houses. The session will continue till March 10.

Last week, an all-party meeting was called by Speaker Hriday Narayan Dikshit ahead of the budget presentation. He sought cooperation from the opposition parties for the smooth functioning of the budget session.

He had informed that the budget will be paperless and the finance minister will read out the Budget paper from a tablet. On February 16, COVID-19 tests of all MLAs and MLCs were conducted in view of the pandemic.

(With agency inputs)

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