Accusing the Narendra Modi regime of harbouring “political vendetta”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday termed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s first Union Budget as “visionless, missionless and actionless”, and one that has been presented by a “government of the FDI, by the FDI and for the FDI”.
“The budget is visionless, missionless and actionless. It will not stimulate growth and development of the poor,” Mamata told an administrative meeting in Birbhum.
Accusing the Centre of political vendetta, Mamata said, “Morning shows the day. After rail budget, Bengal and several other states have been deprived in the Union Budget too”.
“It seems the BJP does not consider the people of Bengal as human beings. The BJP is doing exactly what the UPA-II had done. The BJP government must remember that people of Bengal will not starve. We know how to survive. We will never bow our heads for alms,” she added.
She said that even though Bengal had tremendous potential in the textile sector, it did not find place among the six new textiles clusters announced in the budget.
Later on Facebook, Mamata, the Trinamool Congress supremo, said a call was given for “a strong and vibrant India” before this government came to power. “But only one positive sign of the new government has been established. It has become a government of the FDI, by the FDI and for the FDI,” she said.
Stating that already there is FDI in the retail, she said, “Now FDI has been increased to 49 per cent in defence and insurance sectors. All these will adversely affect the masses,” she said.
Mamata said poor people often pay insurance premiums with great difficulty. “With FDI…you never know if you will ever get back your money. If the foreign companies run away with your money, you will not have any other option but to curse your fate,” she added.
Mocking the Rs 100-crore allocation for start-up companies for the rural youth, Mamata said, India has about 55 crore of rural youth population. “I want to ask the government at the centre, would the youths get 1 paisa each from this allocation?”
Referring to her government’s on-going project to empower the girl child, she said that the ‘Kanyashree’ project was launched for the first time with a provision of about Rs 1,000 crore.
“It is really shocking to see that an important scheme for girl child ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Parao’ has been announced with an allocation of mere Rs 100 crore for all states and UTs together. Is it not a mockery? It is an insult to the girls,” she said.
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