Budget offers nothing to common man
No provision to solve serious problems like inflation and unemployment
Poor people felt deceived by the budget
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Ms. Mayawati ji has termed the general budget 2011-12, presented in the Lok Sabha by the Congress led Central Government today, as hopeless for poor people and common man. She said that this budget would not help in removing poverty, inflation, unemployment and regional imbalances. Instead, it would widen the chasm between poor and the rich. She said that owing to the proposals of the budget, the life of the common man would become more difficult.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that the people were already adversely affected by the wrong economic and export-import policies of the Central Government led by Congress as the inflation had been rising continuously. She said that the poor people, labourers, dalits and women had not been given any relief in the budget. Therefore, they were feeling cheated. She said that the Central Government may feel good by claiming increase in the growth rate, but the food articles were getting out of the reach of the common man because of the rising inflation.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that the interests of the poor people had been totally ignored in this budget. There is no exclusive policy for the development and expansion of infrastructure facilities in the rural areas, she pointed out. The budget focused on the interests of the capitalists and corporates only, she emphasised adding that the Union Budget was antipeople and anti-poor. She said that the interests of the middle class and salaried people had also been ignored in this budget. She said that increasing the income tax relaxation limit by Rs. 20,000 only was an ugly joke with the middle class and salaried people. She said that by withdrawing special facility being provided to the women in income tax, the Centre had proved that it was anti-women too.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that the alround development could be ensured by effecting changes in the policy. She said that no measure had been taken in the budget to deal with the challenge of unemployment. She further stated that the Centre was confused that by merely increasing the budgetary provisions for education, the poor condition of the same could be improved.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that the Congress led Central Government had been befooling people in the name of “Bharat Nirman”. She said that the Centre should tell the people as to how much amount was required for the development of all the villages of the country and what measures it had taken in that direction. Referring to the steps being taken by the State Government for the rural development, she said that it had been making serious efforts in that direction through its own limited resources. She said that when the State Government requested for the financial support from the Central Government, it did not do anything.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that by simplifying the procedure of foreign capital investment in the infrastructure and other sectors, the Central Government had offered an opportunity to the foreign investors to plunder the country. She said that it would affect the domestic savings on one hand and it would also hamper the dream of self-reliance. The Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that no effective step had been taken to bridge the gap of increasing financial inequality of the society. She said that few steps taken for the social and agriculture sector were insufficient. She said that 70 per cent of the country’s population was still dependent on the farming sector. She said that the farming sector had been ignored totally in this budget, which indicated that the UPA Government had no interest in
improving the conditions of the villages and making farmers prosperous.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that there was a large number of weavers in the country as well as in Uttar Pradesh. She said that a provision of Rs. 3000 crore only in the budget for the welfare of weavers indicated that the Central Government was not interested in solving their problems. She said that the State Government had requested Centre many a times to solve the problems of the weavers, but to no avail.
Referring to the formulation of new legislation to check the menace of black money and to sign treaties with various countries, the Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that the UPA Government was already embroiled in serious scams and it lacked will power to fight corruption and control black money.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister ji said that there was no new initiative in the budget for the balanced development of various areas of the State. She said that there was a need to make special efforts for the development of backward areas of Uttar Pradesh in this budget, but the Union Government did not do anything for the development of eastern U.P. and Bundelkhand region.