Virbhadra Singh terms Union budget as disappointing
INVC NEWS Shimla, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has termed the Union budget presented by Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley today as disappointing and disheartening for the people of the country especially Himachal Pradesh. He said it seems to be the budget of mere promises and commitments in which interests of the common man had been completely ignored. He said the people of the country were expecting some respite after passing through the phase of hardship due to demonetization process but the Union government had failed to come up to their expectations. He said there was nothing in it for the farmers and unemployed youth and fails to create an impact on the masses. He added that not much had been offered to the middle and lower middle class. The Chief Minister said the salaried class and employees were looking forward to relief in income tax slab but the new provision made by the Union government would benefit low income group only. Shri Virbhadra Singh said it was unfortunate that Himachal Pradesh had been again ignored in rail budget and no mention had been made of strategically important Bilaspur- Bhanupalli-Leh rail link. For more than twenty years, the execution work of Nangal-Talwara rail line was in limbo. The matter had already been raised with Union Railway Minister for extension of existing rail lines and for new ones too but nothing had been done by the Union government. The Chief Minister said that State government had taken a historical decision to provide 25 percent funds including land acquisition cost for Bhanupalli-Bilaspur-Beri rail line and 50 percent project cost in respect of Chandigarh-Baddi rail line and had released the State share for the Chandigarh- Baddi rail line, but so far the State had just got assurances. This had adversely affected the industrialization process in the State, he added. He said that the Congress government had taken up the issue of the extension of existing rail link and to conduct new surveys including that of the Leh rail line. The Chief Minister welcomed the step to reduce the limit for anonymous cash donation to political parties from Rs 20,000 to Rs 2,000.