Photos: People react to Union Budget 2020-21

Union Budget 2020-21 was declared yesterday by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during the budget session in Parliament. In an attempt to record the reactions to the budget, HT spoke to people from different walks of life. While people are happy that there has been a reduction in taxes levied to people from the middle class, they are dissatisfied with the supposed neglect towards uplifting the poor. A farmer feels that the budget will not boost his income. A homemaker, on the other hand, is confused with the seemingly complicated taxation. A student feels that the budget fails to make education accessible to the masses.

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Farmer Jasbir Singh Ramba from Karnal, Haryana, feels that despite the announcement of 16 points to boost farmers’ income, the budget has dismayed the farming community. There was no mention of immediate relief to take farmers out of their debts. The 16-point plan may help farmers in the longer term but wouldn’t ensure that farmers get better prices. The allocation of Rs 1.60 lakh crore for agriculture, irrigation and allied activities is not sufficient. (HT Photo)

Farmer Jasbir Singh Ramba from Karnal, Haryana, feels that despite the announcement of 16 points to boost farmers’ income, the budget has dismayed the farming community. There was no mention of immediate relief to take farmers out of their debts. The 16-point plan may help farmers in the longer term but wouldn’t ensure that farmers get better prices. The allocation of Rs 1.60 lakh crore for agriculture, irrigation and allied activities is not sufficient. (HT Photo)

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Babasaheb Pandurang Adhav, 90, a doctor in Pune, Maharashtra, said that he is very disappointed that there is nothing in the budget for the unorganised labour. He expressed concern that while the budget helped middle class through relaxation on taxes, the poor have been neglected. Moreover, there is no mention of senior citizens as well. He further added that there is nothing new in the social welfare schemes announced in this year’s budget. (Milind Saurkar / HT Photo)

Babasaheb Pandurang Adhav, 90, a doctor in Pune, Maharashtra, said that he is very disappointed that there is nothing in the budget for the unorganised labour. He expressed concern that while the budget helped middle class through relaxation on taxes, the poor have been neglected. Moreover, there is no mention of senior citizens as well. He further added that there is nothing new in the social welfare schemes announced in this year’s budget. (Milind Saurkar / HT Photo)

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Smita Swaroop, 33, homemaker in Mumbai, feels that the government has confused people by making taxation more complicated. She is glad that with regard to the education sector, the government has increased its allocation and introduced many new reforms. She further added that there were many points the finance minister laid down for doubling farmers’ income, but she wants more clarity on how will it impact her household spending. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

Smita Swaroop, 33, homemaker in Mumbai, feels that the government has confused people by making taxation more complicated. She is glad that with regard to the education sector, the government has increased its allocation and introduced many new reforms. She further added that there were many points the finance minister laid down for doubling farmers’ income, but she wants more clarity on how will it impact her household spending. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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Praghya Roy Chowdhury, 21, a student of linguistics in Kolkata, said she doesn’t support the decision to set up medical colleges and hospitals on PPP model as that will hike education fees drastically. She dismissed the new ‘study in India’ project as it will limit the scope of higher education. She concluded that the overall structure of the new education policy will benefit only those who have money instead of making it accessible for all. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

Praghya Roy Chowdhury, 21, a student of linguistics in Kolkata, said she doesn’t support the decision to set up medical colleges and hospitals on PPP model as that will hike education fees drastically. She dismissed the new ‘study in India’ project as it will limit the scope of higher education. She concluded that the overall structure of the new education policy will benefit only those who have money instead of making it accessible for all. (Samir Jana / HT Photo)

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Geeta Mathur, 52, a doctor in Noida, was disappointed as no relief has been given to the real estate sector, and the government hasn’t announced adequate funds to revive projects stuck because of financial issues. According to her, the Rs 25,000 crore announced earlier was inadequate, as the money needed to get the stuck projects completed would be much more. (Deepchandra Tiwari / HT Photo)

Geeta Mathur, 52, a doctor in Noida, was disappointed as no relief has been given to the real estate sector, and the government hasn’t announced adequate funds to revive projects stuck because of financial issues. According to her, the Rs 25,000 crore announced earlier was inadequate, as the money needed to get the stuck projects completed would be much more. (Deepchandra Tiwari / HT Photo)

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Retired Major General PS Rathore, 65, from Jaipur, Rajasthan, felt that the budget was good for farmers, infrastructure and defence. He was happy with the increased allocation for the defence sector, which will result in modernization of the defence forces. Lastly, he said that it was a ‘very good budget’ for tax payers with lots of benefits for them. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

Retired Major General PS Rathore, 65, from Jaipur, Rajasthan, felt that the budget was good for farmers, infrastructure and defence. He was happy with the increased allocation for the defence sector, which will result in modernization of the defence forces. Lastly, he said that it was a ‘very good budget’ for tax payers with lots of benefits for them. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

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SS Bhogal, 71, the owner of a cycle factory in Ludhiana, Punjab, claimed that the budget met 50% of his expectations. According to him, the tax exemption provided to start-ups is ‘very good news for the industry as this is bound to enhance financial and economic growth.’ However, he was disappointed that nothing had been announced for cycle industry, as he was hoping for some reduction in taxes on cycle parts. (Harsimar Pal Singh / HT Photo)

SS Bhogal, 71, the owner of a cycle factory in Ludhiana, Punjab, claimed that the budget met 50% of his expectations. According to him, the tax exemption provided to start-ups is ‘very good news for the industry as this is bound to enhance financial and economic growth.’ However, he was disappointed that nothing had been announced for cycle industry, as he was hoping for some reduction in taxes on cycle parts. (Harsimar Pal Singh / HT Photo)

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Rajni Kant, 31, a cab driver in Noida, was disappointed as ‘there was no mention of anything which would help us.’ “At least, the government should have announced regulation of fuel prices and lowering of the toll taxes. There is no relief for the automobile and transport sectors, which could have helped us. We are an integral part of a smooth functioning society. But it seems that no one cares about us anymore,” he said. (Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)

Rajni Kant, 31, a cab driver in Noida, was disappointed as ‘there was no mention of anything which would help us.’ “At least, the government should have announced regulation of fuel prices and lowering of the toll taxes. There is no relief for the automobile and transport sectors, which could have helped us. We are an integral part of a smooth functioning society. But it seems that no one cares about us anymore,” he said. (Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)

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