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General Budget for Jharkhand fails to cheer politicos

Posted on Mar 15, 07:07PM | UNI

Ranchi, Mar 15 : Apart from the Congress, which has described the General Budget presented in the Lok Sabha as the one aimed at accelerating development in Jharkhand, all other political parties in the state have given it a complete thums bsdown.

The Budget for the state for 2013-14 was tabled in Lok Sabha by Finance Minister P Chidambaram yesterday.

The state's annual plan had been pegged at Rs 16,800 crore, while the total expenditure had been estimated at Rs 39,548 crore.

Describing it as a 'balanced budget', Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee president and Rajya Sabha MP Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu said special attention had been accorded towards basic infrastructure in Jharkhand.

" There is a provision for construction of 1,800 km of roads and 160 bridges. With the Swarnrekha project, irrigation will also receive further boost which will usher in more prosperity in the state," Mr Balmuchu said.

However, former chief minister Arjun Munda said the budget 2013-14 for Jharkhand will further push back development in the state. " No priority has been outlined for development of inrastructure and no target has been set for education and health sector, " Mr Munda said.

Social security and welfare sector had also lagged behind, the former Chief Minister said, adding sectors such as agriculture and irrigation, which could have generated considerable employment opportunities, had also been overlooked in the Budget.

Senior Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader and former deputy chief minister Hemant Soren had too criticised the General Budget for the state. "The budget has not been made for the people, " Mr Soren said.

The Union Government had carried out a very 'light exercise' in the name of framing the budget. The Union Finance Minister did not even feel that it was important to read out the provisions and proposals of the budget in Parliament, he said.

" There is nothing new in the Budget. Minor changes have been made in the previous year's budget and has been tabled in Parliament, " Jharkhand Assembly Speaker C P Singh said.

Senior AJSU leader and former minister Chandraprakash Chowdhary said the Budget will not be beneficial to the commoners of the state.

" There is nothing new in the budget. In President's Rule only formality has been done in the name of making the budget, " he said adding there was no vision regarding how the programmes will be completed.

Janta Dal (United) state president Khiru Mahto said not much could be expected from the budget prepared by the Union government as it had only pushed the common people towards inflation and price rise.

" What can we expect from a budget that has been prepared by bureaucrats and not the people's representatives? " he asked.