Bhubaneswar, Feb 2 (LocalWire) The Union Budget 2020-21 presented by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday received mixed response in Odisha with some hailing it , while opposition termed it as anti people.
The highlights of the Budget were the New income tax regime and selling a part of LIC via Public offering.
Other important sectors where changes have been brought are agriculture, health and sanitation education and infrastructure.
The new Budget has led to various debates and discussions among parties across the country.
Here, are a list of what some of the most important players in the Odisha Politics have to say about the Union Budget :
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik
Patnaik said the Odisha will lose about Rs 3,000 crore as the divisible pool of Central taxes has shrunk by almost Rs 59,000 crore.
He however welcomed the ‘Krishi Rail’, ‘Krishi Udaan’ and ‘PM Kusum’ initiative.
Similarly he also welcomed the concessional tax rates for cooperatives.
He said the prime areas of concern are, stagnation of allocations under the centrally sponsored schemes, under-allocation for drinking water and non-inclusion of archaeological sites in Odisha on the iconic sites to be developed.
He also said Odisha deserves a National Tribal Museum.
He has shown concerns over the dropping points in the sensex and how it might affect the FDIs worsening the employment problems.
State congress president Niranjan Patnaik has called the Budget ‘Anti-people’ stating that BJP has made everyone’s life miserable.
He has raised concerns over the Centre’s seriousness over the farm crisis, unemployment and healthcare.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the reform will continue.
He highlighted the low tax regime stating that both the investor and the citizens will be benefited through changes in the direct and indirect taxes.
He said that the government has focused on investment in the social sector, health sector and infrastructure to boost employment.
Pratap Chandra Sarangi
Union minister of State Pratap Chandra Sarangi calls the Budget ‘comprehensive and pro-poor’.
He states that various steps have been taken to elevate the ‘distressed industries’ and eliminate unemployment.
He said that the Budget has focused on MSMEs since it is one of the prime sectors of growth.