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Lok Sabha discusses Union Budget 2022-23; Opposition says, people feel betrayed by Govt, also it fails to fulfill aspirations of public

Updated: February 8, 2022 11:05 am
Lok Sabha has taken up discussion on the Union Budget-2022-23 this evening. Initiating the discussion, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor alleged that the aspirations of the people are being betrayed by the Government as reflected in the Budget document. He said, budgetary provisions for the agriculture sector are only marginal. He asked for addressing the unemployment crisis with targeted measures for generating jobs.

BJP MP, Nishikant Dubey said, the erstwhile UPA government refused to take up the projects on inter-linking of major rivers, raising environmental concerns. He said, this deprived the farmers of irrigation facilities for over 10 years. He asserted that after the NDA government came to power the project was given a push.

DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran said prosperous states lead to prosperity to the country and remarked that all the states should be treated equally in granting infrastructure projects without any bias.

Sudip Bandyopadhyay of the AITC said, the Budget has failed to fulfill the aspirations of the public, adding, it is long on promises but short on their fulfillments. He said the Budget implies that the Government is bent on selling out the Public Sector Undertakings, including those who are profit-making.

Earlier, the Opposition led by Congress objected to the absence of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman in the House during the discussions. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said she was present when the discussion began and added, the Minister of State for Finance and two other cabinet ministers were in the House when the Opposition raised the issue. However, a section of the Opposition including the Congress boycotted today’s discussion.

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