Chennai: The Central budget is 'self-serving' and sounds in parts "like the legitimate version of money of votes", said actor-politician Kamal Haasan on Tuesday.
"Economic experts will easily be able to pick holes in this budget. But what is obvious even to the common man is that this budget sounds in some parts like the legitimate version of money for votes," the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president has tweeted. He also said the budget promises to the farmers might seem impressive but it all amounted to "just a paltry sum" when "broken down to per diem/day allowance".
In his budget presented last Friday, Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal had announced that farmers would be paid Rs 6,000 per year in three instalments under a scheme to be fully funded by the Central government. It is Kamal's argument that though the sum might appear impressive, it actually breaks down to almost nothing per day.
"The bottom line is, it is a very self-serving budget by the Government. And more importantly, the budget doesn't address any of the critical issues that affect the people of Tamil Nadu," Kamal said....