Budget Expectations: Aspirations of citizens must be taken into account, say activists
Noted activist Adv Netraprakash Blog said that cantonment civilian funding must increase besides prices of basic things need to be brought down.Updated: Jan 30, 2018 22:07 IST
Activists , lawyers and academicians working in different sectors in Pune have a lot of expectations from the union budget 2018-19. Right to Information (RTI) activist Vihar Durve said that taking into account the 2019 election, the government will give some relief to the common man but no concrete things will be done to alleviate the cause of the poor.
“We expect education to get good allocation and budget must increase the standard of living for poor people,” Durve said.
“The alarming unemployment is a worrying picture before the country and the union government that came to power under PM Modi had promised to create employment for the youth. There is a need to create quality jobs across different sectors through economic, social and labour policy interventions and also introduce far reaching reforms to improve the scenario. A huge budgetary impetus must be given to job creation and increasing job opportunities for rural and urban youth,” he said.
Noted activist Adv Netraprakash Blog said that cantonment civilian funding must increase besides prices of basic things need to be brought down. “We expect the government to boost the skill India drive and allot sizeable funds for skill development programme. Skill development will drive the economic growth of the country. At the same time, funds must be allocated to boost the civic amenities delivery system infrastructure which is currently going through its worst phase in the country,” he said.
Poona College principal Dr Anwar Shaikh said that budgetary outlay on education must increase manifold to boost education and entrepreneurial skills among the educated youth. “Public spending on education and introduction of free scholarships to boost education among the poor and weaker sections of the society must be given top priority by the economic planners of the budget,” Dr Shaikh added.
RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar demanded that budget must be designed in accordance with the needs of the common man . He said, “The budget has become a sham and it is heavily tilted in favour of the rich and the common man has no place in it. The budget must focus on public health, education, and increasing the livability index of the middle class. Every year the budget discussion and hype has become a ritual and it is offering no hope to the citizens. The public–private partnership has become a disaster and filling the coffers of the rich class at the expense of the common tax paying citizens. We expect that the local aspirations of the citizens must be taken into consideration,” he said.
First Published: Jan 30, 2018 22:07 IST