Budget reactions Bengal – CM and Opposition leaders

ST Bureau ; Kolkata, 10 February : As Chief minister Mamata Banerjee hailed the state budget proposals for 2020-21 in the West Bengal Assembly today and described it as ‘entirely people oriented and aimed for their all round development’,all opposition leaders severely criticised her government for presenting a ‘lackluster budget with no direction about how to bridge the gap of huge revenue deficit'(of over Rs 8 crores).

Commenting on the last annual state budget proposals of her government before the next year’s assembly elections by state Finance minister Amit Mitra, the Chief minister claimed that the new proposals would ensure at least 24 times growth of economy in the midst of a complete downturn at the National level.

Refusing to pay any attention to the huge deficit of over Rs 8 crores while speaking in favour of a total allocation of funds of more than Rs 2.55 Lakh crores, the Chief minister said her government had made every effort to reach the fruits of development to the lowest strata of the society including those of the minorities.

Coming down heavily on the Centre for allegedly not clearing the state’s dues of upto Rs one lakh crores till now despite several reminders, the Chief minister claimed that the farmers in the state would be benefited by at least three times against the union government’s aim only to double their income, through a much higher allocation for them
West Bengal also stood first in terms of the 100 days work,she said adding for the first time in the long history of the state separate allocation( of Rs 500 crores) had been made for setting up pucca houses for 300,000 permanent workers in about 370 tea gardens in North Bengal.

But refusing to pay credence to any of the claims made by the Chief minister about the budget proposals, Congress legislature party leader Abdul Mannan and his counterpart in the CPM Sujan Chakraborty blamed her for not providing the ‘true picture of the state of Economy’ in West Bengal.

With all such inflated figures she and her government had been trying to hoodwink the general public and tried to paint a rosy picture of the ground reality, both of them alleged and claimed that this budget was bereft of any actual growth while questioning the truth behind the government claim of achieving 10.4 per cent growth of GDP.

The ground reality said something else they alleged and questioned the government figure of generating 9.11 lakh new employment in the state.

Later in the evening a four member BJP delegation,led by party leader in the state Assembly Manoj Tigga,met Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at Raj Bhavan and submitted a memorandum to him alleging unabated attacks on party workers in various parts of the state by the ruling party goons and sought the Governor’s personal intervention.

A super emergency was now in force in the state,he later told reporters after the meeting.