Rs.30,145 crore was allocated to the health ministry in the interim budget for 2014-15 by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram .This move is being hailed as "positive" by the health sector.
Slamming the Congress led UPA government for taking no steps to check spiral price rise, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday termed the Union interim budget as a "non-event."
With no mention of special category status for state in interim budget, Nitish Kumar described it as a "story of failure" of UPA government and "betrayal" with poor and backward states like Bihar.
BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Monday criticised Finance Minister P Chidambaram`s interim budget, terming it "extremely disappointing" and "UPA`s final act of misery after a decade of decay & policy paralysis."
Home Ministry has received 16% jump in 2014-15 Interim Budget, among others, schemes for safety of women in Delhi and creation of special infrastructure in Naxal-affected states.
The capacity of Central Armed Police Forces will be strengthened and they will be provided with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, Chidambaram said Monday.
Chidambaram, hit back at Gujarat CM and BJP`s PM candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Narendra Modi, for his `Harvard` and `hard work` remark.
Government made token provision of Rs two crore for anti-graft body Lokpal and gave a nominal increase of Rs 94 lakh to Rs 20.35 crore for Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in the interim budget.
Opposition on Monday trashed the Interim Budget, terming it as a "farewell budget" of a government which has "lost" on all counts and has nothing to offer to the people.
India`s finance minister is expected to tighten spending in an interim budget Monday and resist the temptation to announce a populist spending spree in a bid to stave off defeat at looming elections.
Amid recessionary pressures, the Assam economy grew 5.87 per cent during 2013-2014, state Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi informed the Assembly on Thursday.
Both houses of Parliament were adjourned sine die Wednesday, two days ahead of the scheduled close on Dec 20.
With elections scheduled in the first half of the next year, the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Monday passed an interim budget for 2012-2013, showing an estimated surplus of Rs 5,604 crore.
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