Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has hailed the interim budget presented by the Narendra Modi government on Friday as an excellent one. “It caters to the aspirations of the farmers, middle class people and workers apart from being benevolent for the poor,” he said. He termed the budget as a glimpse of new India.
Talking to the media persons at the state secretariat on Friday, CM said that the budget has given a direction to the dream of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to double the income of the farmers by 2022. “ About 12 crore families of the farmers having less than two acres of land would get Rs 6000 per year into their bank accounts.
About 92 percent of the farmers of Uttarakhand would get covered under the scheme,’’ he said.
CM hailed the decision to exempt tax on the income up to Rs 5 lakh as the one which would prove beneficial for the middle class.
He claimed that now at 4.6 percent as contrasted with the 10.1 percent during UPA regime, the inflation is all time low.
Quizzed over the Congress president, Rahul Gandhi’s statement, terming Rs 6000 per year as too little, Rawat said that everyone knows how much Rahul Gandhi has about agriculture.
He said that the Union government has supported Uttarakhand in every field and it has provided a budget of Rs 3400 crore in the agriculture sector.
The state finance minister Prakash Pant also heaped praise on the budget and said that the Union government has focused on the sectors like agriculture and allied services, infrastructure and rural development in the interim budget. He said that a provision of Rs 8201 crore has been made for drinking water scheme in the budget.
Pant added that the budgetary allocations would help the Uttarakhand government to execute the schemes like National Rural Peyajal Mission, Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation, Namami Gange and National River Conservation in a proper manner.
‘Interim Budget directionless, aimed at electoral gains’
The Pradesh Congress Committee president Pritam Singh termed the interim budget presented by the Centre as directionless and detrimental to development. Expressing his reaction to the budget, the PCC chief said that the budget which shows the obstinacy of the Central Government would fuel price rise and affect economic growth. The finance minister has played with figures to present an electoral budget. “Full of hollow announcements, this interim budget lacks financial management and will increase the burden on the common man while fueling price rise. The provisions in the budget will neither facilitate economic growth rate nor will they increase employment opportunities. Being an election year, the interim budget is full of announcements but there is no mention of where the money for implementing these will come from. No provision has been made to provide relief from the detrimental effects of demonetisation and GST. The future of the youth has also been ignored in the budget. This budget will cause a decrease in employment opportunities. There is nothing in it for the farmers, the poor and the general public,” he opined.
Leader of opposition and former finance minister of Uttarakhand, Indira Hridayesh termed it an electoral budget. She said that ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Centre had presented a budget aimed at appeasement of the public in an attempt to achieve electoral gains. “Political experts are opining that the next government at the Centre will be a coalition government. In such a scenario, one has to think as to how such a budget aimed at appeasement will be passed. The people have realised now. This budget will not provide any electoral gains to the BJP because the business fraternity is still bothered by demonetisation and GST.
The government has tried to misguide the people, who will give a befitting reply in the Lok Sabha elections,” she averred.
Saturday, 02 February 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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