Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, June 18:
Criticising the budget presented by Finance Minister Pradip Amat in the Odisha Assembly yesterday, the state BJP today said that it has nothing new to offer to the common people and will lead to an increase in inflation due to the hike in petrol and diesel prices.
“The state government has presented a disappointing budget, which has nothing new to offer to the people. It does not have direction to lead to a progressive state. While the people are reeling under price rise, the government has added to their woes by increasing VAT in petrol and diesel,” said BJP spokesperson Sameer Mohanty.
He said the budget has not made adequate allocation for the qualitative development of education and health sectors nor has it made any provision for employment of adequate doctors and teachers.
Mohanty said while 80% people depend on the agriculture sector, the budget has no proposal to arrest the distress sale of paddy and provide bonus to the farmers.
The BJP leader said the budget has failed to address the migration problem and providing employment to lakhs of unemployed youth in the state.
The failure to earmark funds for the Rs 300 crore corpus announced earlier to compensate small investors for their loss in the chit fund scam proves that it was nothing but a gimmick, the party said.