Uttar Pradesh earns more than Rs 1 trillion in tax and excise revenue annually. However, owing to the protracted lockdown, receipts from state goods and services tax and excise totalled a paltry Rs 1,500 crore against nearly Rs 15,000 crore worth of payment of salaries and pensions due in April 2020 alone. Now with liquor shops allowed to open under lockdown
3.0, the UP government expects to recoup at least part of its average excise mop-up of nearly Rs 100 crore daily till the time the restrictions are removed and commercial activities come back on track.
The Rajya Sabha is on an austerity drive. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday held his first meeting with senior officials of the secretariat since the nationwide lockdown
came into force on March 25. He was told that the secretariat had estimated an annual saving of Rs 60 crore against the annual budget of Rs 423 crore for 2020-21, and that a total saving of Rs 80 crore is being targeted as the financial year progressed. Measures to that end include deferring purchase of vehicles, keeping on hold international travel and training of officials, reduced study visits by committees, prioritisation of publications, putting on hold award of fellowships and internships under the Rajya Sabha Research Scheme, not undertaking fresh recruitment, increased use of e-office to save on stationery etc.