Mumbai: Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy said on Tuesday that the Union Budget has ‘completely’ ignored the Union Territory as not enough funds have been made available for development-related activities.
Addressing reporters, the CM said, “Puducherry is also an election state, but the budget for the development of national highways has kept the funds for other elections like Kerala, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.”
Describing the requirements of Puducherry as ‘unfortunate’, Narayanasamy said that it shows that the NDA government at the Center does not pay any attention to the Union Territory.
He said that Puducherry’s neglect in the budget was especially shocking when BJP National President JP Nadda claimed during a public meeting that the NDA government was interested in ameliorating a lot of industrial workers and that ration shops would be activated in Puducherry,” he said.
Narayanasamy tried to find out how mills and ration shops could be reopened without the allocation of funds.
He further said that in the Union Budget presented on Monday by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, there was no ‘laudable’ scheme or program to benefit the students, salaried classes, youth, rural workers, women and farmers.
To facilitate the implementation of the budgetary proposals of the regional government, the Center will normally provide Rs 3000 crore as a grant.
But, it kept only Rs 1729 crore during FY 2021-2022.
He expressed concern over ‘reducing rural labour’ by bypassing the MNREGA scheme in the allocation of funds in the budget by the Center.
Narayanasamy said that the intention of privatizing public sector institutions like the Center has been confirmed through budget proposals and is a dangerous trend that will affect the poorer classes.
He said that the centre should leave the centre once to hand over the PSUs to private players.