Thursday, Nov 27, 2014

Twitterati slam Rs 200 crore in budget for Patel statue

Statue of Unity1 The budget for a 182-meter (nearly 600 feet)-tall replica of Indian independence leader Vallabhbhai Patel caused an outcry, with many people saying the country has far more urgent priorities.
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: July 10, 2014 6:04 pm | Updated: July 10, 2014 6:32 pm

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has allocated Rs 200 crore for the Sardar Patel statue project in Gujarat. The proposed project is a colossal iron-and-bronze statue almost twice the size of the Statue of Liberty.

The proposed budget for a 182-meter (nearly 600 feet)-tall replica of Indian independence leader Vallabhbhai Patel caused an outcry, with many people saying the country has far more urgent priorities.

Others lamented how the budget earmarks more money for the Patel statue than for women’s safety nationwide, which got 1.5 billion rupees ($25 million), or the education of young girls at 1 billion rupees ($16.5 million).

It was the first budget of a new government elected on promises to revive stalled economic growth.

Here is how twitterati reacted to the budget allocation for the Patel statue.

With agency inputs

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