Badal says Union budget anti-farmer, disappointing
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Last Updated: Monday, February 28, 2011, 19:03
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday described the Union Budget as "disappointing" and "anti-farmer" and said it provides no relief to any section of the society.

In a statement here, Badal said that the budgetary proposals were completely lacklustre, as these did not specify bold initiatives required to tackle the problems of inflation, unemployment, poverty being faced by the poor in the country besides addressing the issues of farmers.

He said that the proposals contained in the Finance Minister's speech will further unleash inflationary trends and take the prices to unprecedented heights.

Badal alleged that the Union Budget was devoid of any rationale and commitment.

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee failed to stipulate any concrete measure to tackle the high rate of inflation in his budget speech, which spoke volumes of government's inept handling of fiscal management and insensitivity on its part in controlling the spiralling prices of essential commodities, he alleged.

The Congress government which claimed to be a votary of 'aam aadmi' had completely dashed his hopes of getting some relief from inflation, he said.

He also described budget as "anti-farmer" and said it will dampen the growth and demoralise enterprise.


First Published: Monday, February 28, 2011, 19:03

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