Akhilesh to present UP budget for 2013-2014 today

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 03:24 hrs

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav will present his second budget in the state Assembly on Tuesday amid allegation of non-spending of funds sanctioned during the previous budget.

The BSP, BJP and Congress are ready to corner the ruling party alleging that though the financial year is coming to a close the government has spent only around 50% of the Rs. 2 lakh crore sanctioned in 2012-13.

This would be the second budget of the Samajwadi Party government led by Akhilesh Yadav after coming to power last year with full majority. Yadav also has the Finance portfolio.

With the Lok Sabha elections slated for next year, this budget is also expected to be a populist one.

In the last budget, there was a thrust on allocating funds for various people's welfare schemes promised in party's manifesto.

The leader of Opposition in the Assembly and senior BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya has alleged that though the financial year is coming to a close, no development work has taken place in the state even though the size of the budget was over Rs. 2 lakh crores.

In reply to questions, Maurya said that government has spent only around 50% of the Rs. 2 lakh crore sanctioned in 2012-13 so far and only one month is left for the end of the financial year.

Non-spending of funds has derailed the development and welfare works, Maurya claimed adding that when the government is not capable of spending the funds then why they are taking the budget for next financial year.

Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said that with just a month of the present year remaining and massive funds remaining to be spent there was every possibility that it would either be misused or it would be syphoned off.

BJP spokesman Hriday Narain Dixit alleged that funds of several ongoing schemes have not yet been released and where it has been released it has not been properly used.

Dixit asked the chief minister as to how the official machinery which could not utilise the funds would consume it fully in the remaining one month.

Meanwhile, Revenue minister Ambika Choudhury however rejected the allegations of opposition parties stressing that the real picture would emerge before them when the chief minister presents the budget tomorrow.

"The expenditure of the government is up to the mark and there is no laxity in spending money on development or welfare works," Chaudhary added.

The previous 2012-13 budget was of Rs. 2 lakh crore, 18% higher than 2011-12 budget.

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