Oppn accuses govt of ignoring `aam aadmi` in budget
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 19:33
New Delhi: Charging that the budget had ignored the 'aam aadmi', Opposition on Thursday said the government failed miserably to address price rise and inflation that would bring down the economic growth rate.

Former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha (BJP), who initiated the debate on Budget in the Lok Sabha, said the government had forgotten about the common man, the poor and the rural population of the country and had announced measures that would benefit the rich.

"What I say may not be palatable to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, but there is nothing personal in it. The budget usually indicates economic challenges of the time and how to tide over them. But the budget speech makes no mention of price rise or inflation as a challenge that the country faces today," Sinha said in his hour-long speech.

He noted that Mukherjee mentioned only achieving 9 per cent growth rate and marching into double-digit figures in the coming years, to make development more inclusive and removing bottlenecks in social welfare programmes as the challenges that the government would address in the coming fiscal.

"The only good news in the budget is that toy balloons have become cheaper. Now, a child wanting to reside in the Indira Awas that would get electricity under the Rajiv Gandhi Gram Vidhyutkaran programme will go to the cities using the Jawarharlal Nehru Rural road, but his mother would tell him there is no roti to feed him, but only toy balloons," he said.


First Published: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 19:33

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