GUWAHATI: Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday termed the Union budget 2020 as a disappointment. While addressing the media persons at his Dispur Minister Colony quarter, Gogoi said the citizens hoped that the Union budget 2020 will support the needs of the public but now they are disappointed and dissatisfied with the budget.
Slamming the Modi government, he said, “In every Budget, the Centre allocates funds to the north-eastern region, but these funds never get released. In the 2017-18 budget, the Central government allocated Rs 43,244.65 crore for the northeastern region but only 66 percent funds were released. Similarly in 2019-2020, Rs. 58,165.81 crore were allocated but later the state government could only receive 42 percent of the funds. In the same year, Rs. 39,000 was allocated specially for Assam but till now half of the amount has been released. Rs. 16,000 was allocated to complete various projects in the state but those projects were never implemented.”
Pointing to the projects which were mentioned in the Budget but were not implemented, the veteran Congress leader pointed out that in 2017-18, the Modi government had said that a power project will be set up through ONGC and a coal-base project will be set up in Margherita. In the same year, the Budget mentioned that a solar power plant in Amguri will be established and Rs. 56 crore will be given for the social security of the tea tribe along with Rs 95 crore for the revival of the Nagaon-Kachar Paper Mill. The leader argued that none of these promises were delivered. “In this way the Centre introduces schemes in the Budget but never implements it”, added Gogoi.