Left Front terms Union budget as "anti-people"

Ruling West Bengal Left Front major CPM escribed the Union Budget for 2011-12 as "anti-people".

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2011, 21:38 PM IST

Kolkata: Ruling West Bengal Left Front major
CPI-M on Monday described the Union Budget for 2011-12 as
"anti-people" while its arch rival Trinamool Congress, a major
constitutent of the UPA government, termed it as "balanced"
with many incentives for the farming community.

CPI-M state secretary Biman Bose told reporters here that
the budget had put additional load on the already burdened
common people and described it as `anti-people`.
Criticising `lesser` allocation for the agriculture
sector, Bose alleged that no step had been proposed in the
budget to solve the food crisis in the country.

``Welfare measures suggested for the women, minorities,
SC/ST are rather meagre and will fail to address their
requirements,`` Bose said.

However, he noted, allocation for the Murshidabad
campus of the Aligarh Muslim University was a `welcome
step`.
Bose, who is also the chairman of the ruling Left Front,
said that allocation for the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA had been
`drastically cut` which is not a good step.

``In one word, this budget will fail to solve the burning
problems of the people and created opportunities for the
MNCs,`` he said expressing concern that disinvestment
proposals for the public sector were `alarming` for the PSUs.

On the otherhand, Trinamool Congress general secretary
Partha Chatterjee said, "We are happy over the incentives
provided for the farming community in the budget as also for
increasing the remuneration of Anganwadi workers."

West Bengal Pradesh Congress president Manas Bhuniya
told PTI, "We compliment the Finance Minister for presenting
a pro-people and growth-oriented budget."

PTI