The state will have 5 international airports, Kushinagar airport coming to Ayodhya

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New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh will soon have five international airports, including one at Kushinagar in Ayodhya, Finance Minister Suresh Khanna said during the presentation of the 2022-23 state budget in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday. In the budget, Khanna allocated Rs 276.66 crore for the Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force responsible for security of courts and historical and religious places including Ayodhya, Kashi and Mathura.

As part of the police emergency management system, Khanna said, the second phase of the 112 program will begin this exercise. A provision of Rs 730.88 crore is proposed for strengthening the system.

Nearly 2.55 million farmers received cash in their bank accounts under the Prime Minister’s Kisan Samman Nidhi, which involves annual income support of Rs 6,000 in three equal instalments, said the minister.

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The finance minister noted that a record payment of Rs 1.71 lakh crore has so far been paid to sugar cane growers in the state. “We have established the rule of law in the state,” Khanna noted. Over the past five years, more than 42 lakh houses have been offered under the PM Awas scheme.

Khanna said ration card portability has been implemented in the state and will benefit around 15 million people by seamlessly receiving food grains. The state is implementing the Shakti Mission for women and girls in the state, he said.

Construction of an ATS center is also underway at Deoband in Saharapur to monitor terrorist activities, the minister informed. “About 159 criminals have been killed and actions are ongoing against 50 identified mobsters in the state,” Khanna said.

Earlier, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that a public welfare budget would be spent on the people for the overall development of Uttar Pradesh. Prior to being tabled in the House, the budget was passed at a Cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister at his official residence.

Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said the budget would be for the welfare of the people and according to the BJP’s ‘Sankalp Patra’ (election manifesto). The Adityanath government had presented a budget of Rs 5,50,270.78 crore for the financial year 2021-22.

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