Yogi Govt Follows Modi Mantra for Muslims in its budget

Yogi Adityanath

Eyeing the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath led BJP government on February 18 presented a massive Rs. 5,12,860 crores state budget – largest to date – for FY 2020-21 which is nearly 12% higher than last year.

Crux of the Matter

In this year’s budget, a special focus is seen to be made on minority welfare where the government has been facing a lot of criticism, especially with the recent CAA protests. A provision of Rs 783 crores has been made for the Prime Minister’s Public Development Programme for Minority Welfare.

After Babri Verdict, Madrasas for Muslims
Allocation of Rs 479 crore has been made for the modernization of madrasas and maktabs in the state. Recently with some from the Muslim communities taking to streets against CAA and NRC, the UP government had also issued orders to recover money from the protesters for not only damaging the public property but also for providing security.

In the 2019 budget; the government had provided Rs.942 crores for the scholarship scheme for students belonging to minority communities and Rs.459 crores were allocated for modernization of Arabi-Farsi madrasas.

Spotlight on Infra and Tourism
An allocation of Rs. 612.6 crores has been made for constructing gaushalas and the maintenance of stray cattle. With an aim to promote tourism in the state, Rs. 180 crore worth cultural center in Varanasi is planned and Rs. 50 crore has been allocated to the state’s tourism department.

The budget provides Rs. 25 crores for water sports at Ramgarh Lake in Gorakhpur and Rs. 200 crores for the Kashi Vishwanath Temple along with Rs. 85 crores allocation to develop tourist facilities in Ayodhya where a massive Ram Mandir is expected to come up soon.

On the infrastructure segment; the government’s plan includes an investment of Rs. 20,000 crores for Smart City Project, Rs.500 crores for Ayodhya Airport, Rs.2000 crores for Jewar Airport,  law university in Prayagraj, Ayush University in Gorakhpur, Rs.2000 crores Ganga Expressway and Rs. 358 crores for Kanpur Metro.

Curiopedia

The economy of Uttar Pradesh is the fifth largest in India. According to the state budget for 2017–18 its gross state domestic product is Rs 16.89 lakh crore (US$240 billion). Uttar Pradesh has an urban population of 44,495,063. According to the 2011 census report, 22.76% of Uttar Pradesh’s population lives in urban areas. The state is a major contributor to the national food grain stock with nearly 18.90% contribution (50.05 million tonnes of foodgrain) in 2013–14. It is home to many industries like handloom, textile, minerals, oil refinery, livestock and agriculture. The state is witnessing massive industrialisation with booming MSME sector with a growth rate of 5-7%. More Info

Article 28 – Freedom as to attendance at religious instruction or religious worship in certain educational institutions.
1. No religious instruction shall be provided in any educational institution wholly maintained out of State funds.
2. Nothing in clause (1) shall apply to an educational institution which is administered by the State but has been established under any endowment or trust which requires that religious instruction shall be imparted in such institution.
3. No person attending any educational institution recognised by the State or receiving aid out of State funds shall be required to take part in any religious instruction that may be imparted in such institution or to attend any religious worship that may be conducted in such institution or in any premises attached thereto unless such person or, if such person is a minor, his guardian has given his consent thereto. More Info

Commissionerate System of Policing for Lucknow and Noida

In the cabinet meeting chaired by the UP CM Yogi Adityanath, it was decided that both Lucknow and Noida police commissioners will have magisterial powers with an ADG-level officer as police commissioner.

Crux of the Matter
  • The capital city Lucknow and economic capital Noida will now come under the commissionerate system of policing.
  • This aims at giving more powers to the police. The powers also include magisterial powers to the police officers for effective policing.
  • The cabinet also approved setting up two new police stations in Noida along with a network of CCTVs in both the districts.
  • UP Government said that 40 police stations in Lucknow will be brought under the police commissioner who will have a team of two IGs as joint commissioners, nine SP-rank officials and a lady officer of SP rank along with a lady officer of ASP rank.
  • The lady officers will look exclusively into cases relating to crime against women.
  • In Noida, under the ADG rank official as commissioner, there will be two DIGs, five SPs, an SP-rank lady officer & an ASP rank official for traffic control.
  • CM Yogi Aditynath said, “Since the past 50 years, there was a demand to enforce the police commissionerate system for smart policing.”
Curiopedia

Police Commissionerate System is headed by a police commissioner. It is practised in cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, etc. Demand for this system is increasing as it gives police a free hand to act freely and take control of any situation. 71 large cities and suburban areas currently have this system. Even during the British rule, the presidency towns of Calcutta, Bombay and Madras had commissionerate system. Reporting to the Police Commissioner are the Joint Police Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner of Police and Assistant Commissioner of Police. Commissioners of police and their deputies are empowered as executive magistrates to enforce Section 144 of the CrPC and issue arms licenses. More Info