Budget not `anti-aam admi`, says Chidambaram

Last Updated: Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 00:11

Karaikudi (TN): Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram on Saturday condemned the walkout by Opposition parties
during the Union Budget presentation and rejected their charge
that the budget was "anti-aam admi".

Listing out allocations made for various key sectors,
including village development, women and child development
and social sector, he asked "how could the opposition say the
budget is anti aam admi?" referring to the entire opposition
walking out of the Lok Sabha yesterday.
"You should see the global circumstance under which the
budget has been presented and appreciate it because the
country`s economy is growing when the economy of other
countries is slowing down...

"The budget has been presented purely with the poor in
mind,"the former finance minister said at a meeting organised
by Congress on "Union budget 2010-11" here, in his native
Sivaganga District.

Chidambaram said economic growth would touch 8.5 per cent
next year and nine per cent in the year after the next year.
The economy had been growing steadily when even the developed
countries were struggling to recover.
Stating that a lot of money would be allocated for rural
hospitals, health schemes, roads and other amenities, he asked
the people to be watchful and ensure that their money was
spent properly by the states. They should seek details under
the Right to Information Act on money received from the Centre
and spent by the state governments.

"If the money allocated by the Centre is spent properly, I
have no doubt, villages will have all basic amenities."

He said Tamil Nadu topped in availing educational loans.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 00:11

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