Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has described Narendra Modi’s BJP-led government’s first budget as “most disappointing.” In a statement, Gogoi said there was no indication of good days (‘achche din’) for the common man in the budget, as BJP’s much-trumpeted slogan during the Lok Sabha elections campaign claimed to usher in.
The Assam chief minister also said that whatever allocations Assam has got in the budget can be termed as ‘peanuts’ and this can hardly fulfil the expectations of the common man of the state.
Arun Jaitley’s budget proposals had Rs 3000 crores for national highways and state roads development and Rs 1000 crore for rail connectivity development in the Northeastern region, apart from Rs 100 crore for development of organic farming. Moreover, Rs 100 crore has been earmarked for setting up a sports university in Manipur apart from a separate TV channel for the region. A sizeable portion of the Rs 990 crore earmarked for socio-economic development of border villages is also supposed to flow to the Northeast.