Even as the size of Uttar Pradesh’s annual budget for 2019-20 fiscal has increased by almost 12 percent, the state government has almost halved the budgetary grants for Minority Welfare department.
The outlay for Minority Welfare department has been trimmed to Rs 1,401 crore in 2019-20 fiscal as against Rs 2,757 crore in 2018-19. Interestingly, the UP government has allocated nearly Rs 600 crore for setting up and maintenance of cow shelters in rural and urban areas.
In the 2019-20 budget, the government has made a provision of Rs 942 crore under scholarship scheme for students belonging to minority communities. Besides, Rs 459 crore has been allocated for modernisation of Arabic, Persian madarsas operating in the state.
In its first budget in 2017-18, the UP government had slashed Minority Welfare department’s budget by almost 19 per cent to Rs 2,475 crore from Rs 3,055 crore in 2016-17, when Akhilesh Yadav was at the helm (2012-17). However, in its second annual budget, the state government had hiked the outlay of the department by 11.39 per cent to Rs 2,757 crore.
Meanwhile, the state has allocated Rs 600 crore towards fee reimbursement scheme for backward class students during the next fiscal.
Under Social Welfare department, the government has made provision of Rs 4,433 crore under scholarship scheme for poor students belonging to different sections.
Of this, Rs 2,037 crore has been proposed for Scheduled Castes students, Rs 1,516 crore for backward students, Rs 850 crore for general category students and Rs 30 crore for Scheduled Tribe students.
A provision of Rs 2,579 crore has been made for old age and farmers’ pension scheme, while a provision of Rs 250 crore has been made for the Mukhya Mantri Samuhik Vivah Yojna for marriage of girls coming from below poverty line (BPL) families of all sections of society.