Congress leaders praised the State Budget tabled by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Friday and said that the budget would create new avenues for development of State. 

CPCC’s Communication Department Chairman Shailesh Nitin Trivedi termed the State Budget as ‘farmer and village centric’. Trivedi said that the Congress party welcomed the budget and said that the budget would bring prosperity in villages.

Former MLA and State Congress Spokesman Ramesh Warlyani said that there was a hike of 71 per cent for agriculture sector in the budget. The interests of people of all classes and all sectors have been catered to in the State Budget.

Over 20 lakh farmers’ short term agriculture loans worth Rs 10,000 crore have been waived off by the government. Besides, Rs 207 crore irrigation loans have been waived-off, he added.

To sort out crunch of staff in different section of the police department, 2000 new recruitments will be made that would be helpful to provide quick justice to crime victims, he added.

CPCC Secretary and Media Panelist Vikas Tiwari termed the budget as a balanced budget catering to people of all classes. Chhattisgarh Pradesh Mahila Congress Spokesperson Vandana Rajput and Yuva Congress Spokesman Sheikh Mushir also praised the budget.

Budget for all: Jain

WHILE welcoming the State Budget 2019-20,  Chairman of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chhattisgarh Chapter Veenu Jain said that the State Government has provided a budget for all. The focus on agriculture, rural economy, health and skill development is highly-appreciable.

Praising the State Budget, Veenu Jain said “The glimpses of budget clearly indicates tremendous focus on rural economy specially the four major identification marks of the state which has to be saved. The ‘Narua, Garua, Ghuruwa, Bari’ water conservation, cattle and cattle field management, solid waste management along with promotion of vegetables and fruit production traditionally”. 
He further said that with development at the forte, the focus is on inclusive growth giving due emphasis on basic ecosystem of the economy.

The development perspectives encompass the bottom of the pyramid with pro-dictate towards the farmers, mainly debt waiver of farmers. The budget will help to achieve all round socio-economic growth for all sections of the society, Jain added.

In his reaction, rice miller and Staete Working President of Confederation of All India Traders Parmanand jain Said that several initiatives like Minimum Support Price of Rs 2,500, waiving of farmer’s loan and taxes on irrigation, interest free loan and other welfare schemes for farmers will further boost the production of paddy in the state.

Similarly, government’s decision to provide 35 kg rice to poor families will also increase the intake of custom milling rice which will increase the production through milling from local rice millers. He requested the State Government for reduction in custom milling, transportation, electricity and GST rates and withdrawal of Mandi Tax.

‘Budget fails to identify ‘cause’ of problems’

The State Budget presented by the Chief Minister, Bhupesh Baghel, on Friday has failed to touch the ‘cause’ of the problems rather it has touched the problems only. “Fulfilling the pre-poll promises alone cannot be the solution. The Congress must identify where lies the problems,” said CPI(M) state secretary Sanjay Parate post the budget presentation on Friday.

In a statement released by him on Friday, Parate said that the farmers of the state have been struggling for the MSP for the paddy as per C-2 formula recommended by Swaminathan Commission and complete loan waiver, in the absence of which farmers are forced to commit suicide.

Tribal and poor people of the state demand their land back which was allotted by the previous government to the industrials, he said. No action has been initiated under forest rights in the absence of a policy declaration by the government, he said.He also described the hike of Rs 121 crore in MNREGA budget in comparison to the last budget as meager considering the pending wages of the people. It is to be mentioned, Rs 1,542 crore has been provisioned in the budget this year.

In 2017-18, MNREGA budget was Rs 2,196 crore. The budget has no any assurance for contractual employees, 
shikshakarmis and workers of unorganised sector, he said.