Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath declared on Monday that the state's annual budget for the fiscal year 2024-25 has been devoted to Lord Ram, symbolizing a commitment to "Lok Mangal" or public welfare.
Speaking to reporters after the budget presentation in the state assembly, Adityanath emphasized the pervasive influence of Lord Shri Ram throughout the budget. He stated, "In the beginning of the budget, in the middle and at the end, Lord Shri Ram is there in every word of the budget. In his thoughts and resolutions, Shri Ram is there because Shri Ram is synonymous with Lok Mangal."
The budget, with an outlay of Rs 7.36 lakh crore, presented by Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna, signifies a notable increase from the previous fiscal year's budget of Rs 6.90 lakh crore. Adityanath highlighted that this marks the eighth budget of his government, each with a specific dedication.
"Our first budget of 2017-18 was dedicated to the Annadata farmers of the state. The budget of 2018-19 was dedicated to the infrastructure and industrial development of the state. The budget of 2019-20 was dedicated to women empowerment, the budget of 2020-21 was dedicated to the youth energy of the state, the budget of 2021-22 was dedicated to the campaign of empowerment through self-reliance," he explained.
Continuing the trend, Adityanath outlined the thematic focus of the previous budgets, stating that the budget of 2022-23 aimed at self-reliance through Antyodaya, while the 2023-24 budget prioritized rapid and all-inclusive development. The Chief Minister emphasized that the current budget is an economic blueprint dedicated to the holistic and balanced progress of Uttar Pradesh, with a steadfast commitment to the welfare of its people.
(With Agency Inputs)