CITU protests against curtailing funds in Budget

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Feb 2018 11:11:06

Staff Reporter

JANWADI Mahila Samiti, Anganwadi, Asha activists under the banner of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) demonstrated protest against curtailing funds for them instead of giving relief in the budget.

CITU alleged that the fund allocated for education, health, safety of woman, MNREGA, children’s fund etc have been curtailed considerably. Whereas no step has been taken for waving loans given to peasants. No provision has been made in direction of determining minimum wages to workers worth Rs 18,000 per month. No declaration to give relaxation in income tax to middle class people has been made.

Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) in its election manifesto had promised that steps will be taken to improve the condition of Anganbadi and other workers condition by increasing their wages. Contrary to it, amount allocated for women and child development is being curtailed continuously. Amount to be given for Prime Minister Mantri Vandan scheme for pregnant women has been curtailed by Rs 300 crore. The wages of workers has not been increased since year 2011.

According to the promise made to peasants, even after the gap of four years, no step has been taken to increase their income. Through budget, promising to give 1.5 fold higher minimum standard rate as compare to the production cost of the crops to peasants, Finance Minister had stated that 1.5 fold higher minimum standard rate was given in rabi season but actually, minimum standard rate in case of many crops is even less than the production cost.

The health insurance scheme has been declared for 50 crore people but Rs 2,000 crore were allocated. Apparently, this scheme would prove to be source of profit earning for the private companies only. Under Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme, during kharif crops season, Private Companies had earned profit worth Rs 8,471.

Appreciating 1.2 crore tax payers, FM had stated that contributing 57 per cent in net personal tax collection, per people average Rs 76,000 is given by service class people. traders contribute merely Rs 28,000 average per person. Inspite of it they have been denied any kind of relief.