The opposition on Wednesday launched an attack on the government over the Union Budget 2013-14, terming it ‘anti-people and directionless’.
Initiating the discussion on the budget in Lok Sabha BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said the government’s focus is on GDP growth while issues such as jobs, health care, education and security for the people remained un-addressed.
Joshi asked the government to rethink its methods to bring the economy back on track. In an oblique reference to CAG, Joshi said the role of the auditor was very important and should not be decried.
Countering the charges later, Sanjay Nirupam of Congress said the government has increased allocation for all the flagship schemes. “No one has been left disappointed ... the budget is balanced despite the (economic) situation being so challenging.”
CPM and Shiv Sena members lashed out at the government over the issue of black money and corruption, while Trinamool Congress member Kalyan Banerjee expressed dissatisfaction in the way West Bengal was given nothing to ease the huge debt burden on the state.
(With PTI inputs)