New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government today presented its 4.79 lakh crore budget in the assembly, allocating most of the funds to strengthening healthcare, jobs for youth and welfare of cows.

Out of the mammoth budget, nearly Rs 247.60 crore has been allocated for the maintenance of cow-shelters in rural areas and Rs 200 crore for ‘Kanha Gaushala’ , Besahara Pashu Ashram in urban areas.

Reiterating its commitment to bovine cattle, the state government announced that a special cess has been created from the its Excise Department and the Rs 165 crore estimated revenue from it will be used to set up and maintain destitute cattle sheds.

For implementation of the Deendayal Upadhyaya Small Dairy Scheme, a provision of Rs 64 crore has been made to set up 10,000 units.

A budgetary provision of Rs 56 crore has been made for the establishment of a new dairy in Mathura and Rs 5 crore has been allocated for financial year 2019-20 for various programmes under the Uttar Pradesh Dairy Policy, 2018.

Apart from this, to link youth with self employment, Rs 100 crore is proposed under the Mukhyamantri Yuva Swarojgar Yojna. Provision of Rs 30 crore for ‘Vishwakarma Shram Samman Yojna’ – aimed at uplifting traditional crafts persons including carpenters, tailors, basket weavers, goldsmiths, blacksmiths, potters, sweet makers, barbers, cobblers and masons – has also been made.

Aiming at better and a holistic development of healthcare services in the state, the government has proposed a provision of Rs 1298 crore under the Ayushman Bharat- National Health Protection Mission Scheme.

In addition, another Rs 291 crore for ‘Pradhan Mantri Matr Vandana Yojna’, Rs 111 crore under the state-funded ‘Mukhya Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan’ to benefit the eligible beneficiaries deprived of ‘Ayushman Bharat’ and Rs 47.50 crore for setting up of 100-bed hospitals.