New Delhi, Feb 29 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said there was nothing in the 2016-17 general budget for farmers who were committing suicide across the country.
“Farmers are in debt. The loans of rich industrialists have been waived off but not of the farmers. There is nothing for the farmers in the budget,” Kejriwal said in a tweet while reacting to the budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Lok Sabha here.
Merely opening up stores of generic medicines (in the country) would not work, Kejriwal said. Dispensaries should be set up in every village for free treatment, he added.
He said that the middle class was also cheated in the budget.
“There is nothing for the middle class in this budget. The Modi government cheated the middle class which votes for them,” he said in a series of tweets.
“The Bharatiya Janata Party vowed to bring back black money through enforcement, not through amnesty schemes. This is what (the then finance minister) Chidambaram also did. What is the difference?” he asked on his Twitter handle.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also expressed disappointment over the budget and said: “The people of Delhi have been cheated again as there is no special amount for us.”
“We had discussed with the minister (Jaitley) about the financial condition of Delhi and demanded money for the (three) municipal corporations and public transport but did not get anything,” he said.
The AAP leader said the municipal corporations here were grappling with acute financial crisis.
“They (central government) have money for Punjab and Haryana municipal corporations but nothing for us,” he remarked.
He said that “only Rs.5 crore had been allotted for disaster management in Delhi, which is peanuts.”