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Finance minister P Chidambaram allocates Rs. 1,000 crore to develop job-oriented skills among youth as part of Union Budget proposals.
Apart from making allocations for exclusive sub plans for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, the Union Budget 2013-14 has special plans for minorities, women and children as well as persons with disabilities.
Budget flat on education funding, support down for traditional flagship programmes like the SSA; But to encourage skills education, PC promises Rs.
10,000 award to students who complete programmes. Charu Sudan Kasturi
Going by the indications from the Union Budget, the BJP and Samajwadi Party say there was little possibility of early Lok Sabha elections.
CBI has received Rs. 461.66 crore in budgetary allocation for the next fiscal which is a marginal increase of approximately 14% over 2012-13.
Finance minister P Chidambaram's emphasis on the welfare and progress of the scheduled castes (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST) in his budget speech on Thursday drew mixed reactions. HT reports.
The Union Budget not only drew the usual criticism from opposing quarters, but also failed to convince the allies. HT reports.
"Today is the day to thank P Chidambaram," said an overwhelmed Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. The reason for gratitude: in his budget speech, the finance minister had proposed evolving new criteria for determining backwardness of states and awarding them 'special category' status. HT reports.
Finance minister P Chidambaram’s last budget before the general elections next year lined up a slew of measures to help women, showing that gender is increasingly becoming a factor in electoral politics. N Madhavan
The Union budget has given a fillip to India's Look East policy, which holds immense strategic importance for the country besides giving a leg-up to the economic prosperity of the northeastern states of the country.
If national job guarantee scheme for the rural sector did the electoral trick for UPA 1, finance minister P Chidambaram expects the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) can replicate the same for the UPA 2 in the upcoming general elections.
Finance minister P Chidambaram's intent to walk the talk on fiscal discipline and nurse the government's delicate balance sheet back into health appears to have run into stiff resistance from ministerial colleagues. Chetan Chauhan
In its wish-list for the last general budget ahead of the next Lok Sabha polls, the Congress party suggested to finance minister P Chidambaram to give it a pro-people touch so that the party reaps a rich electoral harvest. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi