Mumbai: While Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the Union Budget is a historical one and will boost agriculture, infrastructure, healthcare and create more jobs, opposition parties termed it as a manifestation of Central government’s policy failures.
Maharashtra Congress Chief Ashok Chavan said the government again showed dreams to the nation with big and false promises. "The government announcing only big numbers but actually the budget increased tax burden on taxpayers which has disappointed the people," claimed Chavan.
Fadnavis said the Union government made provision of Rs 40,000 crore for enhancing transportation in Mumbai with expansion of suburban railway system and new airports was a big boost to the infrastructure sector and the economy.
Minimum Support Price (MSP) of agriculture products has been increased 1.5 times, which is a historic decision, Fadnavis said. "This will put more money in farmers’ pockets. The Centre has decided to increase the MSP of all crops by 1.5 times the production cost," said Fadnavis.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alleged that the budget will help capitalists and it is a election manifesto of Modi government. "The country is facing financial indiscipline. In the budget very few things have been assured to farmers and workers. Through this budget the government is shutting down people-friendly schemes. It will not generate employment nor help farmers,” said NCP’s Maharashtra unit chief Sunil Tatkare. NCP leader Dhananjay Munde said it is a vision-less budget.
"All the figures presented in the budget are false and disappointing to people. After GST, the government has increased direct taxes, that will invite inflation," said Munde.
Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar, Skill Development Minister said this budget focused on creating new jobs and skilled workers.
"There will be 70 lakh new job opportunities. Prime Minister Research Fellow Scheme will provide quality education to the youths," said Nilangekar.
Energy minister Chandrasekhar Bawankule said it will make rural economy strong. "It is developmental basic and will boost infrastructure, health, education sector," said Bawankule.
Pandurang Fundkar, Agricultural Minister said it will boost agri-economy and help upliftment of farmers. "New schemes for farmers like increase in MSP will strengthen the agri economy," said Fundkar.