Budget dubbed as election-oriented

Bhubaneswar: Terming the General Budget-2013-14 presented by Finance Minister P Chidambaram as ‘election-oriented’, BJD MPs on Thursday hit out at the budget saying every step has been taken by the UPA government to woo voters for the ensuing election.

Arjun Sethi of the ruling BJD said, “Definitely it is an election-oriented budget which offers nothing for common men. The country’s economy is in distress and nothing has been mentioned for farmers especially when they need subsidy for agricultural activities”.

Nityananda Pradhan of BJD too echoed the voice of Sethi. “The Budget has very little to offer, especially the sectors which need utmost attention have been given a blind eye. The budget focuses only on women and youth,” said the member of Parliament.

Similarly former Odisha finance minister Prafulla Ghadei casted doubt over resource mobilization of the Centre. “It (Centre) may mind difficulty in mobilizing resources to meet  targets in specific sectors,“ stated Ghadei.

On the other hand, the Budget has been appreciated by Congress MP Bhakta Charan Das saying it would bring economic and social reforms.

“Especially steps have been taken to empower women and the ‘Nirbhaya’ scheme says all. The proposals mentioned for the youth will also help them to bring a big change in the society,” added Das.

According to Congress MP Pradeep Majhi, proposals for the growth of infrastructure will help India grow. “It (Budget) talks about real infrastructure which is much needed in rural areas for construction of roads, bridges, check dam and various other projects. I am sure the allocations will help the underdeveloped areas grow,” said Majhi.

Presenting the Budget 2013-14 in the Lok Sabha, the Finance Minister proposed to set-up Nirbhaya Fund. Citing the multifarious role a woman plays as a child, a young student, sportswoman, homemaker, working woman and the mother who needs their support, the Minister announced that the Government will contribute Rs. 1,000/- crore in this Fund.

Chidambaram said that Ministry of Women and Child Development and other ministries concerned will work out the details of the structure, scope and the application of the Fund.