Budget not `anti-aam admi`, says Chidambaram
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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.


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

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