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Budget didn't address problems of peasantry: Left

They have criticised the Budget for failing to address vital problems faced by the peasantry and the unemployed.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 20:44 IST

The Finance Minister may have pleased the nation, but the Left still have something to complain about.

The key allies have criticised the Budget for failing to address several vital problems, especially those faced by the peasantry and the unemployed.

They, however, agreed that the Budget broadly followed the thrust of the UPA's National Common Minimum Programme.

The Left parties also charged the government with ignoring their suggestions to mobilise resources to meet the gap of about Rs 24,000 crore, as the tax proposals intend to raise only around Rs 6,000 crore compared with the projected expenditure of about Rs 30,000 crore.

"The Budget has failed to address many of the vital problems of the common people, particularly the peasantry and the unemployed. But it seems to have been prepared on the basis of concerns of the National Common Minimum Programme", CPI(M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury said.

He also pointed out that the proposed outlays for agriculture, health, education and employment generation "are low and inadequate for meeting the NCMP goals".

In a similar vein, CPI leader D Raja said that the allocations on crucial sectors like agriculture, rural employment guarantee scheme, Bharat Nirman, education and healthcare were "token and not substantial".

The government seems to be suffering from the complacency of an 8.1 per cent GDP growth and investment boom, he said.

First Published: Feb 28, 2006 20:06 IST