UP Government presents first paperless Budget in Assembly

Uttar Pradesh, the first state in the country to table a paperless budget

Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh presented the first paperless Budget 2021 in the Legislative Assembly on Monday. Uttar Pradesh will be the first state in the country to table a paperless budget. Thie year’s budget is the fifth budget of the Adityanath government in the state.

State Finance Minister Suresh Khanna presented the budget today. All members of the State Legislature have been provided iPads to view the budget highlights which is also available on two big screens put up in the House. The Budget Session was commenced on February 18 with an address by Governor Anandiben Patel to a joint sitting of both houses. The session will continue till March 10. Last week, an all-party meeting was called by Speaker Hriday Narayan Dikshit ahead of the budget presentation. He sought cooperation from the opposition parties for the smooth functioning of the budget session. He had informed that the budget will be paperless and the finance minister will read out the Budget paper from a tablet.

Each legislator will be reimbursed Rs 50,000 to buy Apple iPads. There are 403 MLAs and 100 MLCs in the state. The state’s ministers have attended a training programme in this regard, and the MLAs and MLCs had trained before the budget session commences.