Budget lays foundation for fourth tenure of BJP, says Kaushik

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Feb 2018 11:46:45

Staff Reporter,

RAIPUR,

Feb 10,

Extending his best wishes to Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh for presenting a triumphant budget, Bharatiya Janata Party State President Dharamlal Kaushik said the sentiments of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is clearly reflecting from the Budget, which the party welcomes. The budget has been designed keeping in view the interests of one and all. Farmers, youth, students, women and forest-dwellers, there is something for all in the budget. Terming the budget as progressive, Kaushik said it will give momentum to development.

Kaushik further added that aiming at doubling the income of farmers by 2022, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has given an outlay of Rs 13,480 crore for agriculture sector, an increase of 29 percent from previous year. Also provisioning Rs 2107 crore for paddy bonus will ensure bonus for farmers against paddy procurement under MSP. He said the good step has been taken by the Chief Minister and now the Congress will not be able to mislead the people. Hence, this budget can be stated as the foundation for the fourth tenure of Bharatiya Janata Party, said Kaushik.

BJP National ST Cell President and MP Ramvichar Netam while praising the state budget said the state government has made provision for purchasing Minor Forest Produce under MSP along with Bonus, which is worth appreciable. During Congress rule, the forest dwellers had to sell minor forest produce against exchange of salt and since the BJP government has come to power the forest dwellers are getting true value of their hard work and they now feel free from exploitation during Congress regime.

In a joint statement issued by BJP State Spokespersons Shivratan Sharma, Sanjay Srivastava, Sachidanand Upasne, Bhupendra Savanni, have stated that the state government in this budget has increased the range of social security and have included those old-aged people, widows, abandoned women who were newly included during Census 2011, thus benefiting 3 lakh people. This shows the sensitivity of Chief Minister which is reflecting from the budget. Also giving additional Rs 30,000 under health insurance cover for senior citizens and press correspondents is also a welcome move. Now they can get free health insurance cover upto Rs 80,000.

BJYM State President Vijay Sharma welcomed the provisions made for youth in the budget. He said the Chief Minister has given a major thrust in school education and skill development which is a welcome move. He said this will pave way for strong Chhattisgarh by providing employment to youth through self-employment and through the provisions made towards higher education, agriculture education and skill and vocational training will help ease out the initiatives being taken by youth entrepreneurs. Also budget earmarked for sports activities which includes six mini stadiums, 300 seater sports complex, Athletics Academy in Raipur and Sports Academy in Surguja will definitely boost up sports activities.

BJP Mahila Morcha State President Puja Vidhani has extended her best wishes to the Chief Minister for giving special emphasis for women in the budget. She said the Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojna is being extended to all 27 districts from three districts and the coverage of Suchita yojna has been extended all high and higher secondary schools, which is a great initiative will be beneficial for girls coming from humble background. Also the increase in the coverage of social sector has been a welcome move for the needy.

BJP SC Cell State President Dr Krishnamurty Bandhi and BJP ST Cell President Siddhanath Paikra have also welcomed the budget for the outlays earmarked for the welfare of scheduled caste and scheduled tribe category people. They stated that the easing issuance of caste certificates and announcement of holding camps in schools for the same will send a good message among the community people. BJP State General Secretary Santosh Pandey, Subhau Kashyap and Girdhar Gupta while welcoming the budget said significant decisions have been taken in the budget for bringing prosperity for its population. With the implementation of Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojna and Saubhagya Yojna, the state will attain the status of fully electrified state while the house of last person in the society will be electrified.

Asserting that the Chief Minister had been carrying out efforts for industrial development Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation Chairman Chaggan Lal Mundra said special initiatives have been taken in the budget for encouraging entrepreneurs. This encouragement will pave way for employment generation. Presently state is positioned at 4th place in the country in generating employment opportunities for youth.

‘Not an election-year budget’

Staff Reporter,

Raipur,

Feb 10,

Terming the State Budget tabled by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Saturday as disappointing, Leader of Opposition T S Singhdeo said that it was not at all a ‘budget of election year’. “We had been expecting a budget with a lot of sops for common people at least keeping in mind election due this year end, but it has not happened. The budget does not carry any benefits for the people,” said Singhdeo in his post-budget reaction on Saturday.

The state government had been utter failure in increasing its source of income as it was evident during the presentation of budget by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh who also holds the portfolio of Finance, said Sighdeo. The budget did not utter even a single word about Swaminathan Committee report on farmers and Rs 5 lakh health insurance scheme of Central Government. Singhdeo also pulled the state Government for reducing budget provision for MNREGA. He said that Rs 2196 crore budget provision was there in the last year budget which had been reduced by 50 per cent to Rs 1419 crore. Mobile distribution, installation of tower and other provisions in the budget are like old wine in a new bottle. Poor will be disappointed by the budget, said Singhdeo.  

 

Singhdeo terms State budget as imbalanced

Staff Reporter,

RAIPUR,

Feb 10

Terming ‘state budget’ as ‘imbalanced budget’, presented by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh in Vidhan Sabha on Saturday, former Chhattisgarh Finance Minister Ramchandra Singhdeo said that around 76 per cent population reside in rural areas of the state and even after a little amount has been allocated to villages in the budget.

There is lack of vision and policy for income generation particularly for rural and tribal areas of the state in the budget. Without policy for income generation, the economy of the state cannot be made sound, Singhdeo said. Establishment and unproductive costs have increased in the state. In the budget, there is no provision to check un-required purchase and expenditure. However, the government should bring a concrete policy to check un-required purchase and expenditure, he added.

Chhattisgarh has become one of the poorest states of the country. However, the state is rich in natural resources. The people of the state are poor. The natural resources of the state are not being utilised in proper way for progress of poor people of the state, the first Chhattisgarh Finance Minister added.