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Nothing for common man in Union Budget: Mamata Banerjee

Echoing the chief minister’s words, principal chief advisor to Mamata Banerjee, Dr Amit Mitra, said that no sector of the society will benefit from the Budget.

Written by Santanu Chowdhury | Kolkata |
Updated: February 2, 2022 5:14:13 am
Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday described the Union Budget for 2022-23 as “Pegasus Spin Budget”

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday described the Union budget for 2022-’23 as ‘Pegasus spin Budget’ claiming it had nothing for the common man grappling with unemployment and inflation.

Banerjee wrote on her official Twitter handle, “Budget has zero for common people who are getting crushed by unemployment and inflation. Government is lost in big words signifying nothing — A Pegasus Spin budget.”

Presenting the Union budget on Tuesday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said it was aimed at boosting growth amid continued disruption from Covid-19 and rising inflation.

Echoing the Chief Minister’s views, Principal Chief Adviser to Mamata Banerjee, Dr Amit Mitra, said that no sector of the society will benefit from the Budget.

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The former state finance minister said, “It is either a bluff or there was a lack of understanding of the economic situation. The government is only tinkering with the old policies. There is also no change in the tax slabs for the salaried middle class.

“There is nothing in this Budget that will address high unemployment, inflation and issues faced by farmers and small and medium enterprises. No sector of the society will benefit from it. People in the informal sector will not survive. This Budget is probably serving the misplaced dream of one or two people.” Mitra said.

The former secretary general of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) added, “There is no direction for financial growth in this union budget. There is nothing for the poor and middle class. The income tax structure remains unchanged. The Centre’s Budget is either a hoax or reflects lack of goodwill. The amount allocated for 100 days’ work has been reduced in this year’s Budget, which is a terrible thing. The allocation has been reduced from Rs 98,000 crore to Rs 73,000 crore. Not many will have noticed this.”

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Claiming the Budget fell short of providing relief to the middle class, Mitra added, “Just as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, there is nothing for common people in this Budget. There is no allocation for social security schemes, nothing for senior citizens either. The biggest drawback is there is no solution for distressed middle-class employees in this Budget. As many as 1.20 crore middle-class people lost their jobs during the lockdown. What has been allocated for them in this Budget? What is there for families of people who lost their lives to Covid? Nothing.”

Countering the CM, state BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said, “First, the state government must answer why there is no new investment in the state. Why are so many teaching posts are lying vacant? Why  is the young generation hitting the streets every day demanding jobs? Instead of taking a dig at the Union budget, they must put their house in order first.”

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First published on: 01-02-2022 at 03:39:49 pm

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