The 2021-22 union budget evoked responses on expected lines in Karnataka on Monday with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa saying it has come as a catalyst that can revive the sluggish economy and opposition leaders slamming it as “Aatma Barbad” “Aatma Vanchane”.
Yeddiyurappa said he strongly believed that the budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will act as a “speed booster” to the economy which was badly hit due to COVID-19 pandemic. Describing it as pro-poor and pro-middle class, he said it was impossible to expect a better budget amidst the pandemic.
Former Karnataka chief ministers Siddaramaiah of Congress and H D Kumaraswamy of the JDS flayed the decision to impose Agriculture Infrastructure and Development cess on petrol, diesel, fertilisers among others, saying it will increase the price of commodities and affect everyone.
Yediyurappa, who holds the state’s finance portfolio, said: “The Union Finance Minister has announced necessary strategies for economic revival as well as containment of the pandemic.”
The #Budget2021 with focus on 6 pillars will boost infrastructure, increase investments, create jobs & gives a boost to our economy. The Budget sets India on the path of high growth and is in the right direction to make PM @narendramodi 's quest to make India a 5 Trillion economy— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) February 1, 2021
It was a welcome measure that the COVID-19 vaccination drive has been allocated Rs 35,000 crore and the Finance Minister assured more funds in case of necessity, the Chief Minister said, adding strengthening of agriculture sector, skill development, infrastructure development and industrial development had been given a special emphasis in the budget.
Through #Budget2021, PM @narendramodi Ji & FM @nsitharaman Ji have created a road map for realising the vision of #AtmaNirbharBharat, reviving the economy, help the farmers, middle class and fulfill the aspirations of 1.3 Billion Indians. I whole-heartedly welcome the budget.— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) February 1, 2021
“The budget has provided a platform to double the farmer”s income by 2022 as per the aspiration of Honble Prime Minister Narendra Modiji,” he said and added Rs 16.50 lakh crore has been allocated for Agriculture and Rural Development. Strengthening and continuation of minimum support price (MSP) to farmers has been emphasised. Funds to improve the infrastructure in APMCs, doubling the grants for micro irrigation and value addition programme for 22 crops will help farmers in a great way, he further said, adding that tax holiday for construction of affordable houses will benefit the middle class. Noting that Rs 1.10 lakh crore has been allocated under National Railway Project, Yediyurappa said, it was a welcome move to have provided Rs 1.07 lakh crores for capital expenditure.
PM #AatmanirbharSwasthBharatYojana will go a long way in the detection & cure of new diseases, will boost rural health & stand prepared for pandemic situations. The 137% increase in the Budget outlay for health & welfare will certainly boost the public health sector.#Budget2021— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) February 1, 2021
“An amount of Rs 14,778 crore has been announced for Bengaluru Metro Project….58 kms of new route can be constructed due to this provision. This is the biggest gift to Karnataka from our own Finance Minister,” he added.
Exemption of filing Income tax returns to senior citizens above 75 years was also an appreciable measure, he said. “On the whole, the Union Budget 2021-22 has the potential to be a catalyst to revive the economy and implement development programmes. I wholeheartedly welcome this budget,” he added.
PM @narendramodi ji has strengthened the vision of #AtmaNirbharBharat in #Budget2021. The unrelenting focus on doubling farmers' income, infrastructure, healthy India, good governance and education for all will further empower India.— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) February 1, 2021
Thank you PM @narendramodi ji for your continued commitment to ensure world-class infrastructure for Bengaluru and announcement of ₹14,788 crores for Bengaluru Metro paving way to construct 58.19 km of new route. #AtmaNirbharBharatKaBudget@nsitharaman @PiyushGoyal— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) February 1, 2021
Siddaramaiah in a tweet said: “Nirmala Sitharaman had announced Aatma Nirbhar package to provide relief from Covid induced fallout. As a follow up, ”Aatma Barbaad” budget has been announced today,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.
“People had to face huge hardships due to Covid. Many lost jobs, Farmers could not sell their produce and Businesses went bankrupt. Yet there is no programme in the 2020-21 budget to address these issues,” he claimed.
“Taxes are an inherent component of revenue mobilisation for govt projects. In order to avoid direct increase of tax, Nirmala Sitharaman is trying to increase the cess in the name of farmers,” he said.
In spite of being a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, Sitharaman has completely ignored the stat, he said, accusing her of allocating more funds to states where elections were due in the next one year. “If Karnataka goes for election every year, we may get more funds,” he added.
Kumaraswamy also took to Twitter and said the Centre that has hiked prices, while claiming its budget was aimed at evolving Aatma Nirbhar Bharat, was indulging in talks of “Aatma Vanchane” (self deception). “Is it possible for India to be self-reliant with such a hike in prices. Diesel and petrol prices are already increasing. It looks like the Centre seems to have not taken into account the impact of the new hike in prices,” he said. PTI
ಏರಿಕೆಗಳನ್ನು ಸಮರ್ಥಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಾ ಕೃಷಿ ಸೆಸ್ ಅನ್ನು ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಮುಂದಿಟ್ಟಿದೆ.ಒಂದೆಡೆ ರೈತರನ್ನು ದೇಶದ್ರೋಹಿಗಳೆಂದು ಬಿಂಬಿಸುವ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ತನ್ನ ರಕ್ಷಣೆಗೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಕೃಷಿ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದ ನೆರವು ಪಡೆದಂತಿದೆ.ಕೃಷಿ ಸೆಸ್ನಿಂದ ಸಂಗ್ರಹವಾಗುವ ಹಣವನ್ನು ಕೃಷಿ ರಂಗದ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ದಿಗೆ ಬಳಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆಯೇ ಎಂಬುದರ ವಿವರಣೆಯೇ ಬಜೆಟ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ಇಲ್ಲ.2/7— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) February 1, 2021
ಭಾರಿ ಪ್ರಮಾಣದ ವಿತ್ತೀಯ ಕೊರತೆಯನ್ನು ನೀಗಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ಮುಂದಿನ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬ್ಯಾಂಕ್ಗಳಲ್ಲಿನ ಸಂಪನ್ಮೂಲವನ್ನು ಅಕ್ಷರಶಃ ದೋಚಲು ಆರಂಭಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಇದು ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ವಿಷಮ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಗೆ ಕಾರಣವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಅದರ ಪರಿಣಾಮ ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯ ಜನರ ಮೇಲೆ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಜನರ ಶೋಷಣೆಗೆ ಇದು ಕಾರಣವಾಗುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಅನುಮಾನವೇ ಇಲ್ಲ.— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) February 1, 2021
ಹೋದಲ್ಲಿ, ಬಂದಲ್ಲಿ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಯ ಮಂತ್ರ ಜಪಿಸುವ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಮುಂದಿನ ವರ್ಷ ₹12 ಲಕ್ಷ ಕೋಟಿ ಸಾಲ ಮಾಡುವುದಾಗಿ ಹೇಳಿಕೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಯಾಕೆ ಇಷ್ಟು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಮೊತ್ತದ ಸಾಲ? ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಬಳಿ ವಿವರಣೆಗಳೇನಾದರೂ ಇದೆಯೇ? ಈ ಸಾಲದಿಂದ ಆಗಬಹುದಾದ ಘನವಾದ, ಪ್ರಮುಖವಾದ ಕಾರ್ಯವಾದರೂ ಏನು ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಹೇಳುತ್ತದೆಯೇ?— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) February 1, 2021
Covid ಲಸಿಕೆಗಾಗಿ ₹35 ಸಾವಿರ ಕೋಟಿ ನೀಡುವುದಾಗಿಯೂ, ಬೇಕಿದ್ದರೆ ಇನ್ನಷ್ಟು ನೀಡುವುದಾಗಿಯೂ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಹೇಳಿದೆ. ಇತರ ದೇಶಗಳಿಗೆ ಲಸಿಕೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವುದಾಗಿಯೂ ಹೇಳಿದೆ. ಈ ಎಲ್ಲ ಬಣ್ಣನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರ 130 ಕೋಟಿ ಜನರಿಗೆ ಉಚಿತ ಲಸಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ಖಚಿತ ಮಾಡಬೇಕಿತ್ತು. ಆದರೆ, ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಬಣ್ಣನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತು ಮುಗಿಸಿದೆ.— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) February 1, 2021