Agartala: Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb hailed the Union Budget 2021-2022 and called it historic for India.
He said the government made the highest allocation in the health sector with an increase of 138% allocation of Rs 2,23,846 crore. In the previous budget, the allocation was Rs 94,452 cr.
“The budget will increase the loan amount for the agriculture sector. In Tripura the primary sector having the farmers where almost 96 per cent of them hold less than 1 acres land will be benefited,” Deb said.
The deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Varma said it is a pro-people, all-round budget with a vision amidst the challenges faced by the government.
Speaking at a press conference, Dev Varma said that the allocation for the Northeast states has increased.
“All benefits will be given across the country. We are not separate. The interest of the Northeast is equal to that of the nation. Tripura will benefit in all aspects including national highway, rural development, power, health, gas and textiles,” Dev Varma said.
He also said that the fiscal deficit of 9.5 per cent in the GDP for 2021 proves that the government has spent money during the pandemic and steps to reduce the gap to 6.8 per cent have been made.
“India is spending for India to become Aatma Nirbhar. If demand increases, supply and manufacturing will increase which will automatically employ youths,” Dev Varma added.
Dev Varma, who also holds the finance portfolio, said that the budget stands on six pillars— health, human capital, innovation, research and development and physical infrastructure.
“RBI has said that Rs 27.1 lakh crore was utilised in Aatma Nirbhar Bharat which is 30 per cent of the GDP. It is a big milestone for the country. The government has announced launching Mission Poshan 2.0- Jal Jeevan Mission Urban,” the minister said.
Referring to the farm laws protest, Dev Varma said many political parties are trying to make politics out of nothing.
“The three bills have nothing against the farmers. They aim to eradicate the middle man, encourage contract farming, and increase the storage capacity of the produce. These laws were the need of the hour to give justice, liberty to the farmers,” Dev Varma added.
Pradesh Congress President Pijush Kanti Biswas said that the budget presented is to protect the interest of the corporate sector and also with the view to help industrialists.
“There is nothing for the poor and the middle class. It is an ‘anti-people’ budget. The country is seriously affected due to pandemic, and it was the first duty for the government to ensure that money comes to the hand of the poor and middle-class family so that the flow of money in the market,” Biswas said.
He also said that the primary sector was completely neglected when India is facing a crisis.
“We have also seen that in the sector of MGNREGA no money has been given. Which has been shown in various sectors is the unspent money during the pandemic year those are brought in various sectors. This budget will
Former Member of Parliament and CPIM leader Jitendra Chaudhury said that the budget is only a projection in pen and paper that would not be materialised in practical.
“If we see the last budget, which was around Rs 30 lakh crore, but there the expenditure was only Rs 22 lakh crore. More than 25 per cent of the money was not spent. Across the country, there is the agitation of the farmers, and there is the anger of the common people in support of the cause of the farmer, even that was not hindered,” Chaudhury said.
He also said that the agriculture and health budget depicts that the government is totally insensitive, anti-people and their only objective is how to help the corporate.
“Altogether, there is no increase in other welfare schemes in the budget. Their only objective is to help the corporate,” Chaudhury added.