Edited By: Oindrila Mukherjee
Last Updated: February 01, 2023, 16:54 IST
West Bengal finance minister Chandrima Bhattacharya slammed the Union Budget 2023-24 introduced on Wednesday, saying it had not addressed the large difficulty of inflation. Giving it a ‘zero’ ranking, she mentioned chief minister Mamata Banerjee had additionally referred to as the brand new funds “opportunistic and not futuristic” apart from being “anti-poor”.
“This is absolutely not for the middle class; they have created confusion with two tax regimes and have not addressed the inflation problem, which is major. How can they not mention the inflation issue?” Bhattacharya instructed News18 in an unique interview.
Asked in regards to the 66 % improve in allocation on Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana funds to Bengal, Bhattacharya mentioned there was an enormous distinction in what the central authorities allocates and what it disburses.
“We are sure that what they allocate and what they give, there is a big difference in it. We are still awaiting funds from the last allocation despite raising an issue with the Centre. They have not given disbursed money for ‘100 days’,” she mentioned.
On distribution of tasks to completely different states, Bhattacharya mentioned the Centre had solely given a package deal to Karnataka and never some other state. “Why are there no projects for Bengal or other states? They always declare projects as per election schedule,” the minister added.
She additionally criticised funds allotted for the upliftment of backward courses, saying it was merely Rs 15,000 crore in three years that amounted to Rs 5,000 crore per 12 months.
“It’s an absolutely anti-poor and opportunistic budget. Our chief minister has already said this,” Bhattacharya added.