UP budget: Promises & protests

The BSP termed the first budget proposed by Akhilesh Yadav government as anti-dalit and anti-people.

Written by Express News Service | Published: June 2, 2012 3:41 am

BSP: Anti-Dalit,anti-people

The BSP termed the first budget proposed by Akhilesh Yadav government as “anti-dalit” and “anti-people”. In a statement,BSP state president Swami Prasad Maurya said they did not have much expectations,but the government had just relaunched the BSP’s schemes after changing their name. “The Samajwadi Party opposed parks built in the name of Dalit leaders but it has now made budgetary provisions for similar parks and memorials. What is the difference. They have continued schemes which were launched by our government by simply changing their names. That is why we call the budget anit-Dalit,” said Maurya. ens

Cong: nothing
for bundelkhand

Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari said the amount of money the government had set aside for its flagship schemes like unemployment allowance or distribution of laptops and tablets would not be sufficient to benefit all those they promised before election. The government had also failed to make any separate provision for Bundelkhand or Purvanchal despite demanding more funds from the central government.

BJP: juggling numbers

BJP leader Hukum Singh said the government had tried to play with the numbers without actually doing much. “There is hardly anything that would generate employment,” he said.

industry: It’s
a dampener

The Indian Industries Association (IIA) expressed its unhappiness,saying: “Following the promises made by young leader Akhilesh Yadav at various forums in the recent past,industry had high hopes but it could not find anything significant in the budget.” Jugal Kishore,IIA president,said,“In the past few years,no new industrial areas have been set up in the state because of which land is not available for setting up new industries or for expansion. The budget did not address this problem. The shortage of electricity is a problem and budget has set aside only Rs 585 crore for new units,which is 50 per cent of the provision made for unemployment allowance”.

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