Bengaluru: Former chief minister and state BJP president B.S. Yeddyurappa has termed the Union budget development oriented and progressive.
“The most striking feature of this maiden budget of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is that it has taken up various structural and financial changes in the Indian economy to boost infrastructure, investment and other facilities without burdening the people,” Mr Yeddyurappa said.
The budget has also provided long term benefits to farmers, said the BJP veteran adding that most of the initiatives are people and poor oriented which indicates that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre is serious about developing the economy and improving the life of the common man.
Mr Yeddyurappa also felt the budget is inspired by 12th century reformer Basavanna who had propagated the Kayaka and Dashoa philosophy which is nothing but an equality based society-something the prime minister’s ‘Sabka Saath Sab Ka Vishwas’ too aims at.
Meanwhile, other leaders of the state BJP hailed the Union budget for its thrust on solving problems of small and marginal farmers, the small scale sector, and on eradication of poverty. Former minister C T Ravi said while the Union government had extended financial assistance to farmers in the supplementary budget, the latest budget addressed issues concerning small and marginal farmers. Besides, it has focused on skill development for college students in order to enhance their employment prospects.
The loan scheme under ‘MUDRA’ demonstrates that Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman is committed to empowerment of women, he added. Mr Ravi said the budget has also announced plans for supply of drinking water and electricity to all households besides affordable housing for all. Therefore, criticism by Opposition parties and a few experts in economics lacks substance, he added.