The Union Budget for 2013-14 has earmarked Rs 1,000 crore for the skill development of 10 lakh youth through the National skills Development Corporation.
The modernisation plan of the armed forces will not be affected by the reduction in the defence budget in the current year, the government told Lok Sabha on Monday.
Large number of Congress women members and representatives of NGOs met AICC chief Sonia Gandhi to greet her for government`s proposal in the Union Budget to set up an all-women bank by October-end.
Former CJI JS Verma, who headed a panel that examined laws on crimes against women on Saturday said in the absence of meaningful social change, measures like the proposed special bank for women were merely tokenism.
Farmers will now be able to access this credit facility from private banks as well.
The Union Budget proposal to integrate rural and urban heath missions has been received well though experts lamented the rather ‘poor’ outlay under the combined scheme.
The protest-hit Kudankulam town was on Thursday allocated Rs 150 crore for carrying out various development works.
Welcoming the Union Budget proposals, Kerala CM Oommen Chandy on Thursday said it provided much relief to the common man and the needy.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the UPA government`s budget lacks a growth strategy and vision to develop India`s economy.
Amid demand from Bihar to revise yardsticks for granting special status to backward states, Centre proposed to evolve new criteria that would reflect in future planning and devolution of funds.
Notwithstanding demand by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to hike central assistance, Centre earmarked Rs 1,143 crore for Delhi in Union Budget which is increase of only Rs 44 crore compared to 2012.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik termed the Union Budget 2013-14 as "totally disappointing".
Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday described the union budget as "fiscally correct, progressive and inclusive in its approach".
Left Front described Union budget as "smoky" as it contained no specific measures for safeguarding interests of poor man, while maintaining "tradition" of giving tax relief for the corporate houses.
Key UPA ally DMK welcomed the Union Budget, saying they catered to women, farmers and the downtrodden.
The union budget 2013-14 presented Thursday that primised to be growth and investment oriented, some Mumbaikars felt, was unimpressive and there was nothing exciting in it.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram has enhanced budgetary allocation for subjects dealing with upgrading police infrastructure and enhancing weapons and training of personnel deployed to tackle Naxalism.
Describing Union Budget as `damp squib` Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalaithaa said it was full of rhetoric and lacked any tangible steps to tackle the crisis confronting the country`s economy.
Kerala`s ruling United Democratic Front welcomed the Union Budget for 2013-14 as a balanced one.
The Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party slammed the 2013-14 annual budget as being "anti-poor", and said the government`s promises appeared to be misleading.
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