Haryana budget draws flack from opposition parties



Chandigarh: Opposition parties in Haryana on Friday dubbed state budget 2013-14 as "disappointing" and "directionless", accusing the state government of not offering any relief to common man from inflation.

Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) senior leader and MLA from Ellenabad, Abhey Singh Chautala said, "people of Haryana were expecting a lot from the budget but the Haryana Finance Minister H S Chattha has disappointed them as he has failed to provide relief to any section of society."

The INLD MLA said that proposed budget of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda led government is also reflecting "bankruptcy" of the state as government is resorting to debts to pay salaries.

"It has become habit of the government at the beginning of every fiscal it promise to provide a tax-free budget but by the end of the fiscal it imposes a number new taxes on the people of state," he said.

INLD's state president Ashoka Arora said the finance minister has failed to take any step to check the rising inflation to ensure a relief to the common man.

Haryana state committee of CPI(M) has also described the Haryana budget as devoid of long term vision.

In a press release issued here, state secretary Inderjit Singh said the budget has not even referred to the most basic problems of the people let aside tackling them.

He pointed out that no provisions have been made towards regularisation of jobs of the non regular staff, removing pay anomalies of categories like the ministerial staff, relief to the project workers, social security for the workers of the unorganised sector etc.

He criticised the budget for not initiating full crop insurance for peasants and ignoring social security needs of the agricultural workers.

Meanwhile, industry body CII today welcomed Haryana government's emphasis on public health, industrial development and employment in the state budget.

"The emphasis in Haryana's budget 2013- 14 towards Higher Education, Sports, Tourism, Infrastructure and Public Healthcare, considered as the pillars of every economy, will act as catalyst in harnessing the overall pace of growth of industry and economy of Haryana?,” said Malvinder M Singh, Chairman, CII NR.

CII welcomed the allocation of Rs 599 crore for the extension of Delhi Metro from YMCA Chowk in Faridabad to Ballabhgarh and Rs 787.96 crore for the extension from Mundka to City Park Bahadurgarh.

PTI