Puducherry: The Union budget for fiscal 2017-18 received mixed reactions from Puducherry Chief Minister and the Lt Governor.
Lt Governor Kiran Bedi appreciated the budget and said that the Union budget is excellent for Puducherry while Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy slammed the Union budget presented by finance minister Arun Jaitley and alleged that it has completely neglected the Union Territories including Puducherry and New Delhi.
“The Union Budget has let down farmers of the country and the agriculture segment. Farmers in particular was completely neglected, the Union government has cheated our farmers,” Narayanaswamy said.
The Union Minister did not mention budget allocation for the defence sector in his budget which is unacceptable, said the Congress leader.
It is clear from the budget speech that the Union government has no idea on how the issue of black money can be tackled. More over the union budget has completely neglected the Union Territory of Puducherry, said the Chief Minister.
At the same time Ms Bedi said that the budget got abundance for the agricultural, medical, education, women, youth, water, fisheries, solar, skills development, urban livelihood and social net cover and more, programs in Puducherry.
“Agriculture is the biggest beneficiary along with all other support schemes which will flow from the budget.
The onus is now on the administration of Puducherry to use them optimally,” said Ms Bedi in a WhatsApp message. “I have no doubt that we shall do so and use these opportunities for the prosperity of Puducherry to the maximum with able leadership provided by knowledgeable and mature public officials at the helm,” she added.