The ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh sees nothing in the Union budget for the state, whereas Congress leaders have termed it 'pragmatic and progressive'.
Talking to journalists at Neemuch, more than 400 km east of Bhopal, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the budget was
highly disappointing and anti-farmer.
Also, there was nothing in it for the youth. Union power minister Jyotiraditya Scindia told HT, "It is a pragmatic, progressive budget which is fiscally correct and inclusive in its approach on social sector schemes. MP will benefit from greater allocation on various central government schemes."
Congratulating the union finance minister, leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Ajay Singh said the budget would give a boost to the economy and development.
The provisions made for women, youth and the weaker section of society in particular would result in growth.
He said, "The budget is progressive and bodes well for holistic development and an advancing India."
The ruling party in the state said the common man stood dejected while Madhya Pradesh was completely neglected in the budget. State BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar said the finance minister announced setting up of certain new institutions but these plans did not include Madhya Pradesh.
He said Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh were included in the expansion of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna but Madhya Pradesh was left out. MP finance minister Raghavji said the union budget was grossly disappointing.
'People's aspirations have not been fulfilled by the budget, which is also a disadvantage for the states."
He said it became clear from the budget that no scope of improvement in economy existed now. During current fiscal, plan expenditure was curtailed by 18%.
As a result, states will receive lesser grant. Madhya Pradesh will get Rs. 800 crore less due to reduced states' share in Central taxes.
He said the budget mentioned Gujarat and Maharashtra in the context of Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor but not Madhya Pradesh even though most of its parts passed through the state.
State Congress president Kantilal Bhuria hailed the budget and said it was sensitive towards the country's present as well as future needs. It underlined the Centre's commitment towards women empowerment.
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