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Puneites give mixed reaction to budget

With several concessions for senior citizens, the budget received a thumbs up from many elderly. 

pune Updated: Feb 01, 2018 23:15 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
Jui Dharwadkar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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People watching televisions broadcasting India's finance minister Arun Jaitley presenting the national budget in parliament on Thursday.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

The budget 2018-19 received mixed reaction from Puneites. Even as many welcomed the budget with its focus on agriculture, health and education, no change in income tax came as a disappointment to some.

An IT professional Chaitanya Joshi said, “Several good initiatives were announced in the budget related to health sector and for strengthening the rural economy and infrastructure. There were expectations that the salaried class would get some tax relief after demonetisation which has not happened.”

Advocate Prany Ajmera said, “The budget isn't satisfactory. The budget escalates the salary of politicians but has no concession to offer in Income tax for the middle class. The issues like petrol - diesel price hike, bank charges, education , subsidy and tax benefits to new entrepreneurs are not dealt in a way expected. Professionals like lawyers and architects aren't seeming to be benefitted by the budget in any manner.”

Meeta Ramnani, a post-graduate student from Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) said, "With Rs1 lakh crore coming into higher education, I can now expect great infrastructure facilities. I am a student of media and communication studies at SPPU, but we do not have proper studio and other equipment which is essential. But with this allocation, I think these infrastructural drawbacks will be taken care of. The PM research fellowship scheme for 1,000 Btech students is surely welcomed, but I believe it is unfair to exclude the students of other fields. Everyone must get an opportunity here. Also, the long awaited scheme of the Modi government that was promised to reduce education loans is missing. With no change there in the bank loans , it is quite disappointing.”

With several concessions for senior citizens, the budget received a thumbs up from many elderly.A housewife Veena Gore said, “The health initiatives announced in the budget are appreciable. Also senior citizens have been given Rs50,000 additional benefit for investment in mediclaim which is a good decision.”

Sharing his views, Dhairyashil Vandekar, an aviation expert said, "Encouraging investments in seaplanes is a futuristic step by the government.The announcement by the government to liberalise agriculture exports to tap it to its full potential is also encouraging for Pune which is the hub of the agricultural belt of western Maharashtra. Pune airport has a major role to play as a facilitator to contribute to this government objective for agri exports by air."

First Published: Feb 01, 2018 23:15 IST