I hope the budget is in favour of the common man and no new taxes are imposed. The budget should also be favourable to the agriculture sector and should provide relief to the farmers. Subsidies should go to the benefit of the farmers and not of the middlemen.
Gurwinder Singh Mann, advocate, Bathinda
Excise and other duties on Indian products should be decreased. To attract consumers to buy Indian products, relaxation for consumers should be offered. Interest rates on loans should be decreased. The allocations for health and education sectors should be increased.
Sukhdeep Singh Dhillon, businessman, Bathinda
The minimum income-tax slab should be increased and the rebates should be revised.
Strict action should be taken to control inflation.
Admissibility of expenditure under tax slabs should be increased and income-tax slabs should be reconstructed to improve tax revenue.
Paramjit Singh, MNC employee, Bathinda
The budget should be targeted to the development of all and not only of selective big corporates. The policies for development of economically weaker sections should be made and implemented honestly. The government should increase the MSP of crops to 150% of the production cost, as promised in the election manifesto.
Jagmohan Kaushal, social activist, Bathinda
Income-tax slabs should be increased. There should be a provision to encourage the buyers to buy Indian products.
There should be higher taxes and duties on imported luxurious products.
High duties and taxes should be imposed on alcohol and tobacco products. Interest rates for loans should be decreased.
Jaskaran Singh, financial adviser, Bathinda
Costs of household products and necessary items should be controlled by strict policies.
Tax rebates for expenditure on education, health, house rent and other needs should be increased.
There should be more taxes on intoxicant products.
Ramandeep Kaur, housewife, Bathinda
More funds should be allocated to the promotion of the education sector.
Policies to prevent brain drain should be formulated and more job opportunities should be created.
Taxation rates should be decreased to an extent so that everybody hesitates to pay taxes. Strict action should be taken against tax evaders.
NK Gosain, professor, Bathinda
There are many irregularities in the implementation of subsidies, so the subsidy criteria should be revised to provide benefits to the needy.
The allocation to the education sector should be increased, especially for the development of technical education.
The emphasis should be on more capital for investment.
Dr JS Hundal, director, GZSTU, Bathinda