KPCC president V M Sudheeran hailed the interim union budget presented by Finance Minister P Chidamabaram in Parliament on Monday and termed it as one framed with the interests of commoners in mind.
“As the cost of consumer goods used by commoners such as refrigerators,mobile phones,motor bikes and small cars comes down,it will be a solace for commoners,” he noted. “Likewise,retention of various subsidies would be beneficial to the agricultural sector and laying stress for social welfare programmes is also notable. Declaring moratorium for education loans will benefit nine lakh students belonging to the strata of poor and commoners in the society . The declaration to create 10 lakh jobs brings hope to the people,” Sudheeran said.
Kerala Neglected in Budget: BJP
BJP state president V Muraleedharan said that Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s interim budget ahead of Lok Sabha polls, was an attempt just to hoodwink people.
“Kerala has been completely neglected in the budget. There is not even a mention of Vizhinjam project. No IIT or IIM was allotted to the state,” he said.
He said that Kerala did not find a place in the three new industrial corridors announced and which is highly disappointing.
He alleged that many schemes that the UPA Government was unwilling to implement for the last 10 years was included in the budget.“The UPA Govt is sure to lose power and they expect the next government that comes to power to implement them,” he alleged.
DYFI Flays Budget
DYFI has alleged that interim Union Budget is totally disappointing for youths and it is a hollow promise that it would create 10 lakh job opportunities.
“There are no measures in the budget to contain the spiraling prices of essential commodities. Budget has nothing to offer in terms of market intervention or to strengthen the public distribution system. There is not even a mention of dream project of Kerala, the Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited in the budget and Kerala’s hopes for getting an IIT remains a distant dream, DYFI said.