Bhubaneswar: Despite the financial pressure and pressure on revenue mobilization due to the Covid pandemic and reduction in Central grants, this year’s budget is an attempt by Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari and the government led by Naveen Patnaik aiming to maintain our growth rate when the national growth rate is falling, said BJD vice-president and MLA Debi Prasad Mishra.
Mishra pointed out that this year’s budget has given priority to life and livelihood in the social sector.
“Especially an allocation of Rs 500 crore has been made in the budget in the first phase for developing SCB Medical College & Hospital into an AIIMS plus standard tertiary health facility as announced by the Chief Minister. This apart, allocations of Rs 200 crore each for development of Ekamra Kshetra and Maa Samalei peeth and an allocation for Shree Shree Jagannath at Puri has been made in the budget,” he added.
The BJD MLA informed that a medium-term scheme has been made to irrigate more than 2,14,000 hectares of land.
Chief Whip of the Congress Legislature Party and Jeypore MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati was highly critical of the budget and termed it as a mere eyewash.
“This budget is mere eyewash. It’s a lack lustre budget. The government doesn’t have funds it will be borrowing Rs 17,000 crore. There is no allocation for infrastructure or for the farmers. This budget is for hoodwinking people,” commented Bahinipati.
Leader of the Opposition and senior BJP leader Pradipta Naik said that he couldn’t make out how the budget has been described as ‘Sustha Odisha, Sukhi Odisha’ as the size of the budget compared to inflation does not reflect that.
“It’s mere jugglery of statistics and nothing more. There is no provision in the budget for the development of infrastructure in the villages to provide employment to youths and check migration,” pointed out Naik.