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Khaas admi benefits: Left

“The budget professes for aam admi (common man) but actually benefits khaas admi (privileged people),” was how CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat summoned the second UPA government’s first budget, reports Shekhar Iyer.

delhi Updated: Oct 09, 2009 16:41 IST
Shekhar Iyer

“The budget professes for aam admi (common man) but actually benefits khaas admi (privileged people),” was how CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat summoned the second UPA government’s first budget.

The Left also criticized Rs 3,000 crore allocation for the rural employment guarantee scheme and said raising the minimum wage under NREGA to Rs 100 was welcome but Rs 3,000 crore hike would reduce the number programmes under it.

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said: “Though a lot has been talked about the aam aadmi, the actual allocations do not match the intent (to help them).”

The proposed Food Security Act — which will provide 25 kg at Rs 3 per kg to the poor — also came under criticism, as Yechury pointed out that the Antyodaya scheme, which was in existence, gave 35 kg of food grains at Rs 2 per kg to those the Below the Poverty line.

CPI’s D Raja termed the budget as “neo-liberal economic agenda with few populist measures”.

Pro people budget: Cong

The Congress felt that the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee strengthens its image as being “pro-people” with its focus on the UPA’s ongoing flagship programmes.

“The budget is progressive, inclusive, growth oriented and balanced. It has lots of things for lots of sections and peoples,’’ claimed spokesman Abhishek Singhvi.