Besides, the Yogi government is also in the process of preparing a fresh budget for the state for the remaining seven months. The Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government had, in the interim budget presented on December 21 last year, made a provision of Rs 1,34,845 crore for the April-August period.
The new budget is also likey to be presented in the next few weeks as state assembly gets ready for the upcoming Budget session, likey to take place at June-end. Given the precarious condition of the state's exchequer, balancing the fulfillment of pre-poll promises with a net worth of nearly Rs 70,000 crore with fiscal prudence would be an uphill task for the ruling party BJP.
In the absence of new or higher taxes, it would be imperative for the Yogi regime to adhere to their stated policy of cutting down on wasteful expenditure and economising on public spending.
At the same time, the new Yogi government has to ensure a seamless transition into the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime that slated to be rolled out on July 1. UP, where the consumption remains high, is expected to gain heavily from GST, which is a destination-based tax structure that will help the state bring a windfall to the state tax revenue.
Law and order
Yogi, who is perceived to be upright and discliplined as an administrator, has hit a rough patch on the issue of law and order in the state. A spate of murders, robberies and other incidents of crime have put a question mark on the tall claims of the Yogi dispensation of improving the law and order machinery in the region.
Although the government had carried out large-scale transfers of police officials and the administrative brass over the past few months, there has been no perceptible change in the rate of crime.