New Delhi, Jul 5 : Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday presented her maiden budget in Parliament and evoked a mixed response from treasury as well as opposition members.
While the treasury bench members termed it as a historic budget while the opposition lawmakers stated that it is like old wine in a new bottle and carried nothing beyond speech. Talking to media persons here, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, "Simply, it is repetition of old promises. There is nothing new in it. They are talking about new India but it's simply old wine in a new bottle. No new enterprises, devoid of new initiatives. It is a monotonous document, that is all what I can say. The government has again imposed tax on petrol and etc which will certainly create inflation in the market." He also added that the agriculture and rural sector have been ignored in this budget.
"They are trying to project an India which may appear an El Dorado for all. But in reality of all our past experiencing the pain of the economy, there is no plan for employment generation, there is no distinct plan for any facilities to be given to the agriculture sector, labour sector. All these issues were made earlier on various occasions," the Congress leader added.
Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey termed it as historic one and said, "This is a historic budget. The opposition have not seen budget like this. They are only levelling allegations. The taxpayers are like fate changers. This budget is about how the government get maximum tax so that the developmental works could be carried out in the country. " Former Minister and MP from Patliputra in Bihar Ram Kripal Yadav said, "In this budget everyone's concerns have been taken care of. It is a balanced budget."
Senior Congress leader Moti Lal Vora said, "We also used to talk about women empowerment. It's a good thing. But there is nothing for the common man. It's an exercise in day dreaming." Independent MP from Amravati in Andhra Pradesh Navneet Kaur Rana said, "The government has imposed cess on petrol and diesel which will lead to surge in prices. The poor people will be the most sufferer one."
JD(U) MP from Sitamarhi in Bihar Sunil Kumar Pintu said, "It was a fantastic budget. In this budget, the government has accepted Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's two schemes. The first one is 'electricity to every household', and second one is 'water for all'. With inclusion in this budget, it shows that these schemes are going well in Bihar."
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal targeted the government and said the economy is in bad shape. He said, "The tax base might have expanded but not the revenue. If the income would have gone up and GDP was growing at 7 per cent, then they must not have imposed 7 per cent cess. We do not want only 5-trillion economy but of 10 trillion but for that we need vision and a holistic implementation programme."
Assam-based AIUDF Badruddin Ajmal accused the government of misleading the people. "There is nothing new. The government is trying to mislead the public with figures." Congress leader Rajeev Shukla said, "I don't find this budget would help the common man. I don't find anything new in it. It is like speech only." (UNI)