Opposition slams Uttar Pradesh budget proposals

Lucknow, Feb 12 (IANS) The opposition in Uttar Pradesh on Friday slammed the budget proposals presented by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for 2016-17 in the state assembly.

Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president Nirmal Khatri said the budgetary provisions offered nothing for the state’s farmers who were in dire straits.

“The UP government has declared the current year as ‘Kisan Varsh’ (farmers’ year) but it seems not bothered at all for the welfare of farmers hit by drought and inclement weather last year,” he said.

He said budgetary allocations made for farmers and agriculture were too little, keeping in mind the huge problems faced by farmers, specially in Poorvanchal and Bundelkhand regions.

Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the chief minister had again tried to be a “wizard of statistics” whereas there was very little for him to show on ground.

“This government, for the past four years, has not been able to spend the money allocated in the budget and now Akhilesh Yadav is again promising the moon but delivering a damp squib,” the BJP leader said.

He said the proposal to increase value added tax by 10 percent would trigger price rise.

The Bahujan Samaj Party, which is the principle opposition party in the assembly, too lashed out at the budget.

It accused the Samajwadi Party (SP) of ignoring the farmers and agriculture sector.

BSP leaders said the amount allocated for clearing sugar cane growers’ arrears was too less compared with the staggering dues piled up over the years.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday presented a Rs.3.46 lakh crore budget for 2016-17 – the biggest ever in the state – focussing primarily on innovation, infrastructure, health and education.

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