Uttar Pradesh Budget Session Begins Tomorrow

Both the Congress and the Samajwadi Party have decided to highlight objections raised by traders against the Goods and Services Taxes or GST in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh Budget Session Begins Tomorrow

Yogi Adityanath has said no new taxes will be announced to pay for farm loan waiver (File)

Lucknow:  Opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh are likely to criticise the state government on law and order issues in the budget session which begins tomorrow. "From Agra to Kushinagar, farmers have committed suicide due to loan burden but the state government has failed to come out with a clear policy of loan waiver," Congress Legislature Party leader Ajay Pratap Lallu said in Lucknow. "We will also raise the issue of deteriorating law and order," he said.

The budget session will end on July 28.

Samajwadi Party or SP Spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said his party will raise the issue of "rising crime graph" across the state besides "burning issues" facing the poor, especially farmers.

Both the Congress and the SP have decided to highlight objections raised by traders against the Goods and Services Taxes or GST. They said GST on certain items will hurt small and medium firms.

A Bahujan Samaj Party or BSP leader said the party will try to corner the Yogi Adityanath government on law and order.

According to the schedule approved by assembly speaker Hridaynath Dixit, the budget session will have 14 sittings. Separate days have been earmarked for discussions on the 2017-18 budget and provisions for departments before it is passed.

The previous Akhilesh Yadav government in December 2016 presented a vote-on-account for the period ending July 31 this year. Other than the budget, the assembly will see some legislative work. The BJP and its allies have a massive strength of 325 legislators in the 403-member assembly, while the opposition has 74 legislators.

The first session of the Uttar Pradesh assembly after the BJP government came to power in March had seen ruckus by opposition parties, with some of them even throwing paper balls at Governor Ram Naik.

The 2017-18 Uttar Pradesh budget is likely to include measures to generate additional resources to offload Rs 36,000 crore meant for crop loan waiver, and Rs 34,000 crore to implement the Seventh Central Pay Commission's recommendations.

Mr Adityanath has said Uttar Pradesh will not pass on the loan waiver's burden to people by imposing new taxes. Instead, the state will generate funds by avoiding wasteful expenditure, he had said.

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