The Uttar Pradesh assembly was adjourned sine die on Thursday after the House passed the annual budget for 2021-22, the largest budget so far in the history of the state.
The government presented the last budget of its current tenure on February 22 with an outlay of Rs 5,50,270.78 crore. This was the first ever paperless budget to be presented in any state assembly of the country.
The first paperless budget of Uttar Pradesh, which intends to make the state "atma nirbhar" (self-reliant) as the finance minister put it, includes new schemes worth Rs 27,598.40 crore. The budget comprising 95 grants of different departments was passed without any debate and the UP Finance Bill 2021 was passed by the assembly with a voice vote. The last budget in February 2020 was also passed by the assembly without debate.
The budget session of the assembly commenced on February 18 and was to conclude on March 10.
During the brief budget session of 15 days, there were 10 sittings of the House spanning 65 hours and 31 minutes. The proceedings were disrupted for 2 hours 45 minutes due to adjournments, thus the total time of proceedings was 62 hours 45 minutes.
During the 10 sittings of the House, the members tabled 192 short notice starred questions, 1,301 starred questions and 1,671 unstarred questions. Of the total questions tabled, the government answered 1,311 questions.
During the session, 18 bills were tabled and passed by the assembly.
In the debate over the motion of thanks to the Governor's address to the joint sitting of the state legislature, 48 members participated in the debate while 116 members participated in the debate on the annual budget for 2021-22.
On the concluding day of the session, four bills were passed by the assembly.
Besides the UP Finance Bill, 2021, the assembly adopted UP Public Service (Reservation) for Dependents of Freedom Fighters) Bill, 2021, UP Molasses Control (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and UP Fundamental Rules (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
Despite protests by the opposition parties, the assembly also passed the UP Repeal Bill, 2021.
The opposition objected over the undue haste and tabling of the bill after the entire agenda of the House was completed. Leader of opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary and Bahujan Samaj Party leader Lalji Verma objected saying it was against the established convention and the dignity of the House and the Chair to take up the bill after completion of the business of the House.
The government, however, ignored the objection and the bill was passed. The opposition parties staged a walkout in protest.