Opposition parties accused the ruling Congress of having increased Haryanas debt through poor planning and fanciful announcements,during a discussion on the Budget at the state Assembly on Tuesday.
Expressing their displeasure with the way the discussion on Budget commenced,when Speaker Kuldeep Sharma asked Congress legislator Sampat Singh to start discussion on the financial bill,the MLAs of INLD,BJP and HJC (BL) staged a walk out.
While Sampat Singh complimented the states Finance Minister for bringing out a people-friendly budget at a time of global recession,the Opposition vehemently slammed the Congress for merely tweaking figures and misleading people. Though they are claiming that they have announced a tax-free budget,this government has a tendency of imposing back-door taxes. From road tax to water and electricity tariffs,everything was increased last year after the budget was presented. In fact the government is again likely to hike power rates from April 1,this year. Against the estimated debt of Rs 26,568 crore in 2005-06,the projected debt estimate for 2013-14 is Rs 67,762 crore. According to the governments figures,52 per cent of the money will be used to pay salaries,pension and interest. How can they promise that they will fulfil all the projects as announced by them, BJP legislator Kishan Pal Gujjar said.
The budget has nothing for industry. The government should reduce VAT on diesel and petrol so that people of Haryana could get some relief from the price rise, he added.
INLD MLA Rampal Majra,on the other hand,accused the state government of bias while allocating rural development funds. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda,however,denied the allegations,quoting from the fund allocation figures to show that the rural funds were allocated to districts,keeping overall development in mind. He also quoted a comparison between the overall fund allocation to various districts during the INLD and the Congress tenures.
Earlier during question hour,Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala in response to a question of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MLA Ram Pal Majra said that the government in the last year received a total of 25 complaints of sexual harassment from its employees,of which,11 were disposed of with the necessary penalties imposed in three cases. He also told the House that one complaint was in the court of law while 10 are under investigation.
Education Minister,Geeta Bhukkal said the government has decided to adjust the staff of government aided schools and modalities for the same are being worked out. Replying a question,she said that a decision in this regard would soon be taken and those fulfilling the prescribed conditions would be considered.
Assembly mourns accident victims
The Haryana Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday expressed grief over the death of 13 children in a bus accident on the Jalandhar-Nakodar highway on Monday. Parliamentary Affairs Minister,Randeep Singh Surjewala moved the obituary motion to condole the deaths,following which,the House observed a two-minute silence. Speaker Kuldeep Sharma,MLAs Anil Vij (BJP),Krishan Panwar (INLD) and Renuka Bishnoi (HJC) also paid their respects.