Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh dubbed as “most disappointing” the union budget presented by finance minister Arun Jaitely, saying the budget failed everybody’s expectations.
“The budget lacks vision and direction and has ended up as a mere annual ritual without spelling out agenda for growth we have been hearing for the past two years,” Captain said.
Stating that the agriculture sector does not figure prominently in the budget, Amarinder said there is no provision for providing relief to the debt-ridden farmers driven to despair and suicides in so many states.
“Leave aside waiving off their debt, there is not even a nominal relief or word of consolation for the farmers in the budget”, he remarked.
“Finance minister Arun Jaitley had particularly disappointed a large section of the middle class which was expecting an increase in the income tax exemption limit. Instead, the finance minister has imposed extra taxes on almost all sectors which will affect the common man,” he added.
A huge disappointment: Bhattal
Former CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal termed the budget a huge disappointment. “Neither it contains relief nor rebate for the common man. The agriculture sector has been completely ignored. In fact, the farming sector has been abandoned by the present NDA government,” she added.
The budget spells out no measures to generate avenues of employment for rural people, she added. “Jaitely made no attempt to arrest the trend of suicides among farmers by offering relief to their families,” said Bhattal.