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Union budget “big disappointment” for all sectors except “big companies”: Amarinder | India News

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CHANDIGARH: Rejecting the Union budget for 2021-22 as a reflection of the “utter apathy” of the BJP-led central government towards the common man, the middle class and farmers, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Monday that even the vital defense sector had not been adequately addressed despite the growing border threat from China and Pakistan, while healthcare allocation actually fell amid the Covid crisis.
He said the entire budget was a “great disappointment” for all sectors of society except large corporations, whom the BJP-led central government wants to appease at the expense of the interests of the rest, Amarinder said.
Criticizing the Center’s claim that the health sector allocation had increased by 35%, Amarinder said the fact was that the figures had been effectively manipulated to project an increase by including the allocation of Covid vaccines from 35,000 rupees and the amount reserved for sanitation and cleaning in the chief of health. In reality, the budget for Health was reduced by 10%, he added.
He also accused the Center of “stepmother treatment” applied to Punjab and other northern states in the budget, which was designed to cater to the ballot box-bound state of West Bengal, as well as South India, with a massive allocation of infrastructure development for these regions. “The budget also manifests the persistent efforts of the central government to marginalize non-BJP states like ours, as well as its anti-federal mentality,” said the Chief Minister, pointing to the gap between the Fiscal Deficit targets set for the Union and the states for the short and medium term.
With the aim of promoting the interests of a few companies at the expense of the needs and aspirations of the remaining 1.3 billion inhabitants, the budget presented today in Parliament by the Union Government failed to address the growing problem of unemployment, which the Covid pandemic had exacerbated. , he said.
Without tax relief, the troubled middle class has nothing in this budget either, he noted, adding that compared to 25% of the business sector, the middle class will continue to pay 35% more taxes, along with 100% indirect taxes. in gasoline and diesel.
Amarinder said the Center has had a minimal focus on education, which has seen a massive setback for thousands of children affected by the digital divide amid the pandemic. “It appears that this government neither cares nor cares about our soldiers fighting to protect us at the borders, nor about our front-line health workers nor about teachers who have been pushed to the limit to ensure impeccable service amid Covid.” , said. additional.
“And did the Finance Minister not consider it necessary to even mention the constitutional guarantee for MSP, one of the key demands of farmers fighting cold and lathis on the doorstep of New Delhi for more than two months?” Captain Amarinder asked, lamenting the miserable 2% increase for the agricultural sector, which had been the only sector performing well for the country amid the shutdown.
Amarinder expressed shock at the Center’s decision to conduct a virtual wholesale divestment of PSUs and government assets at a time when the economy was slumped. This was inexplicable, considering that the RSS had always vehemently opposed such divestment, and also given the Center’s self-proclaimed push on “Atmanirbhar Bharat,” he added.
The prime minister added that the only somewhat positive note was the increase in revenue subsidy for deficit states from Rs 75,000 cr to Rs 1.85,000 cr, he said, hoping that the Center would not stop giving Punjab its substantial share in this. tell.

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