Uttar Pradesh government has come out with most populist a budget this year, the one for the second time by Akhilesh Yadav, the Chief Minister holding the charge of State’s finance minister. It is like a shower of rains in terms of the plans and projects announced in the name of welfare of the people in the State. It’s a good budget in a way if it really percolates downward to the public in physical shape without allowing the benefits being driven away to the pockets of the manoeuvrers as has been the practice all along. This is actually sad only, as per experience of the past, that the allocations practically don’t reach the masses as they are frisked away by the politicians who hold important positions in the system. There are whispers running high amongst the people that this amount of generosity is more because of Mulayam Singh’s eyes on the Prime Ministerial position in the elections due the very next year. Let us wish that this suspicion is wrong and that the goods are likely to be delivered to the people of the State tangibly.