Lauding Union finance minister Arun Jaitley for allocating Rs 100 crore to mark the 350th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday hailed the Union Budget as pro-farmer, growth-oriented and balanced.
“It is a matter of great pride for all of us that the Union government has made a special provision of Rs 100 crore in the budget for celebrating the birth anniversary of the great Sikh guru,” Badal said, stating that this “pro-minority stance of the NDA government” was the Centre’s humble tribute towards the supreme sacrifice made by the 10th Sikh Guru.
He said: “This unprecedented decision of the Union government is a supreme gift for every Punjabi in general and Sikhs across the globe in particular.”
Thanking the NDA government for almost doubling budgetary provisions in the agriculture sector, Badal said announcements such as the introduction of Pashudhan Sanjivani, an animal wellness programme; provision of animal health cards (Nakul Swasthya Patra); creation of e-Pashudhan Haat, an e-market portal for connecting breeders and farmers; and the National Genomic Centre for indigenous breeds at a cost of Rs 850 crore; would go a long way in making the allied farming sector far more remunerative.
“This budget is a step forward towards ensuring the well-being of farmers,” he added.
Focus on agricultural and rural sectors is a welcome step. The budget is people-oriented and it will benefit the farming community.
Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Punjab finance minister
This budget will be a game-changer for the rural economy. It is also aimed at boosting the income of farmers.
Sukhbir Singh Badal, deputy CM
‘Impetus to investment’
The 100% FDI in retail of food produced in India will provide tremendous impetus to investment in the food processing sector.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union food processing minister