Bhubaneswar, July 5 (LocalWire): Welcoming the Union Budget 2019-20 Chief Minister Navin said that though the budget speaks of medium- to a long-term vision of the government, which is good for the country, it needs to be backed by commensurate budgetary allocations.
“While I welcome higher allocations for sectors like health, education, skill development, drinking water, livelihood mission, women and child development, the decreased allocation for MGNREGA, core schemes for SC, ST and other vulnerable groups and pension under NSAP is a cause of concern,” the chief minister said in a press release.
The chief minister welcomed the increased allocation for Railways project and hoped that the projects in Odisha will be fast-tracked with adequate allocations. He, however, pointed out that the reduced allocation for national highways will adversely impact the inter-state connectivity.
Expressing dissatisfaction on the proposals announced for farmers, Patnaik said, “I wish the union government would have enhanced the quantum of assistance to the farmers under PM-KISAN at par with our KALIA scheme.”
He pointed out that the landless labourers and share-croppers were left out of the fold.
The chief minister also highlighted that the imposition of cess and surcharges by the central government on subjects that remained outside the divisible pool further reduces the resources available to the state.
CM Patnaik also said that while the union budget lays emphasis on rural connectivity through PMGSY, housing through PMAY, and the Swach Bharat Abhiyan, the allocation for the programmes were missing in the budget.