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Utilise funds before current fiscal closes: Yogi


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that as now only two months are left for the closure of the financial year 2022-23 it should be ensured that the funds provided in the current budget are properly spent by all the departments before the end of the current fiscal.

He said that the expenditure should also be reviewed at the department level and the concerned ministers should also review their departmental status.

Yogi along with MPs and MLAs after a thorough review of the development projects being implemented in all the 18 divisions of the state, held meetings with Ministers and Additional Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary and Secretary level officers.

In the special meeting, the CM reviewed the department-wise utilisation of the funds provided in the budget for the current fiscal and gave necessary guidelines to speed up the development works as per public expectations.

He said that after the programmes of Global Investors Summit and G-20 next month, the budget estimate for the next financial year is to be presented. “All the departments should prepare and send their proposals for the budget according to their future plans. The upcoming budget will be in line with the aspirations of 25 crore people. Include the points of public welfare resolution letter in the budget proposal. Make sure your offer is realistic. Demand as much as you need,” he said.

Yogi said that the performance of the department in the current financial year should also be considered while deciding the upcoming budget provision by the Finance Department. “Budget provision should be made according to the demand of the department,” he said.

He said, “We are getting all possible help from the central government for the overall development of the state under the guidance of Prime Minister. Get the balance amount by coordinating with the Centre. The departmental ministers themselves should communicate with the ministers of the Union Government. Don’t keep the project interrupted due to lack of focal point. Work should be continued by releasing state share as per rules. All the departments should ensure to send 100 per cent utilisation certificate.”

The CM said that the Home Guard, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Cooperative, Public Works Department, Disabled People Empowerment, MSME, Urban Development, Forest, Vocational Education will have to intensify their efforts in spending according to the allocation. “Many important projects are being implemented in these departments get them completed on priority.” he said.

He said that Mathrubhumi Yojana is being started to make the common man a participant in the development of infrastructure facilities in the villages. “A large number of people have joined this scheme and have expressed their desire to get buildings, roads and community centers built in their villages in the name of their ancestors. Efforts should be made to connect more and more people with this scheme,” he said.

Yogi said that according to the goal of Antyodaya, the state is determined to provide social security to every needy. “Divyangjan (differently abled), destitute women and old age pension and scholarship funds should be received by the beneficiary at regular intervals. There should be no delay in this. This amount of pension is a big support to the beneficiaries,” he directed.

He directed that employment fairs should be organised in all the assembly constituencies in the next two months. “The Employment Department should prepare an action plan in collaboration with the Industries Department. Take the guidance of local public representatives for organising these fairs. Ministers in charge will also be present in these fairs,” he said.

The CM said that the consumers should be encouraged for timely payment of electricity bills. “For this, it is necessary that people get the right bills and on time. Overbilling, false billing or late billing disturbs the consumer. To improve this system, the Energy Department will have to prepare a concrete action plan to increase the billing and collection efficiency. Special efforts are needed in rural areas. Harassment should not happen anywhere in the name of recovery of electricity bill,” he said.

He said that the work of establishing new cities in the state should start as soon as possible. “These new cities will set the standards of modern urban facilities. In the supplementary budget, we have provisioned an amount of Rs 4,000 crore for this. Considering the importance of the scheme, it should be implemented soon,” he directed.

Yogi said that during the dialogue with public representatives, proposals for establishment of new bus stations were received. “Our effort to build 23 new fully equipped bus stations has evoked good response. This should be expedited. We have to run buses on new routes. In this regard, work should be done in a planned manner from the department level. At least one modern model bus station should be developed in every district on PPP model. Every possible help will be given from the government level to complete the incomplete projects of the Transport Department,” he said.

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