By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, February 28: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has termed the general budget 2015-16 as pro-rich and pro-corporate and it got no element of getting “acche din” as the Centre Government promised before coming to power. Reacting to the budget which was presented today Gogoi said that people of Assam expected more but the budget did not give anything substantial.
Talking on the fund allocation for MGNREGA in the budget, Gogoi said that it was done because of the pressure, criticize and demand of the majority of State Governments and not for Centre’s love for the poor.
The people of Assam and North East found no reason to cheer as the budget remained silent on the steps for employment generation, flood and erosion. Relief to the agrarian class should have been more if the Centre really wanted to bring “acche din” especially to 75 per cent of the people of Assam who are associated with agriculture. Instead of bringing black money back, the Centre has resorted to an escape route and assured a legislation to deal with black money.
Gogoi also said that though the state government demanded steps for strengthening micro, small and medium enterprises in the state, the budget provided no incentives to the MSME sector thus delving a blow to the efforts of the state government in employment generation. In regard to skill development also the budget featured nothing new.
The Chief Minister also said that though the Centre gave an impression that it was for the development of North East, the North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy was suspended immediately it came to power and this year’s budget also announced nothing for creating industries and infrastructure in the region.
By announcing to set an AIIMS like institution in Assam the Centre tried to hoodwink the people as the State Government allotted a land for the same last year and the announcement was nothing new. The Centre talked about setting up of an IIM, but the budget remained silent on that as well.
Gogoi, however, thanked the 14th Fince Commission for increasing the devolution of fund to the state to 42 per cent, though most the states demanded for 50 per cent increase. He further said that the budget provided nothing new for Assam and North East except carrying forward the old schemes.
Though connectivity is a real key area for Assam and other North Eastern States which needs major revamp and for creation of infrastructure also connectivity was crucial, the General Budget and Railway Budget failed miserably on this front and except for continuing with some old schemes no new schemes have been announced which was a proof to Centre’s lackadaisical attitude towards Assam and North East.