It’s just a ‘Golmaal Budget’, says KCR

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Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed his severe disappointment and unhappiness over the lack of allocations to the State as well as different sections of the society in the union Budget 2022-23 presented in the Parliament on Tuesday.

He said the budget offered nothing for the SC, ST, BC, minorities as well as farmers, the poor, the working class and the employees in the country.

“The union Budget by the BJP-led Central government is directionless and useless serving no purpose. The budget speech read out by union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was ‘full of ambiguity and rhetoric,” he said.

In a statement, the Chief Minister termed the union Budget as a ‘Golmaal Budget’ which was full of praises for the union government and jumbling of numbers, leaving the common man in a state of despair.

Describing the Centre’s allocations towards the agriculture sector as a ‘Big Zero’, he said the Centre did not take any measures to support the sector. It also gave a raw deal to the handloom and textiles sector, with no support offered to the weavers.

Chandrashekhar Rao said the budget left bitterness among the employees and small traders, with no change in the income tax slabs. “The union Budget has watered down the hopes of the working class and other taxpayers who are eagerly awaiting a change in IT slabs for a long time,” he added.

The Chief Minister found that the union Budget reflected the Centre’s negligence towards development of health and infrastructure sectors. “Due to Covid-19 pandemic, there is an increased emphasis on improving health infrastructure around the world. But unfortunately, the union government does not have the wherewithal to do that,” he said.

He expressed dissatisfaction over the Centre’s failure in taking measures to improve health infrastructure and He found it strange that the Centre was least bothered about the public health.

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