Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 16:
The Opposition political parties tore into the government while trashing the annual budget which was presented by Finance minister Pradeep Amat in the Odisha Assembly today.
While Leader of the Opposition in Odisha Assembly Narasingha Mishra termed the state budget 2015-16 as “far from the truth”, leader of the BJP Legislature Party Basant Panda described it as an empty vessel which sounds much.
“In the budget, the government has made no provision for the social development and financial progress for the backward areas of the state that are considered to be the most backward districts in the country. The agriculture budget contains nothing but some numbers that are far from the truth, which the government is using to fool the people. The CAG report has highlighted the irrigation projects which are yet to be completed,” said Mishra.
Briefing newsmen outside the Assembly, Panda questioned the government’s motive in not sharing the project implementation data of the previous year.
“Empty vessel sounds much. The budget will have no real effect on the ground. While presenting the budget, the Finance minister and the government should have considered the implementation of projects sanctioned last year. As you know, the CAG report has stated that the state government was not able to disburse the Phailin compensation though the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund had a pending sum of Rs 168 crore. The government has presented the budget to fool the people,” said Panda.
However, chief minister Naveen Patnaik termed the budget as pro-people and inclusive with provisions for vulnerable sections of the society and the priority it has given to agriculture and infrastructure.
“Emphasis is given to education in the form of Odisha Adarsh Vidyalay or model schools in every block and interest subvention on educational loans. Substantial allocation is also made for free distribution of medicine and start new medical colleges which will have a huge impact on health care on the people of our state. Odisha’s own housing scheme, Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana is also continued with adequate importance,” Patnaik added.