Union Budget 2014: Is Kerala happy?

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Union Budget and Kerala: Is the state happy?
Trivandrum, July 11: The union budget has given Kerala, the southern most state of India, has few reasons to smile.

The state's Congress and Left political party leaders have alleged that the BJP government at the centre has neglected the needs of the state, which hasn't sent any BJP MP to the parliament.

Hers is what Kerala got:

It got an IIT but no AIIMS. A recent announcement by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the state will get an AIIMS, if land is provided, failed to materialise.

Also, a sum of Rs.462 crore being announced for the work-in-progress Kochi Metro and money has been allocated for ailing central public sector FACT, besides the routine allotment to Coir, Coffee and Rubber boards that are located in the state.

What the leaders say

Both the Congress and the Left opposition have said the union budget, like the railway budget, has been a disappointment for Kerala, while state BJP leaders have welcomed it wholeheartedly.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Thursday in a statement said first budget of the NDA Government turned out to be another chapter of neglect of the state, said a NIE report. The exclusion of Kerala's dream project of Vizhinjam port even while making allocations for 16 ports shows the severe neglect meted out to the state, he said.

He also expressed concern over non-allocation of fund for the MGNREGS, for SC, ST development, rural development, women safety and food security.

Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan said that the budget had totally neglected the state just as the railway budget. Alleging that the NDA government stood for the corporates, Achuthanandan said that no allocation had been made for protecting the traditional industrial sector.

CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said that, while the Centre allocated fund for the handloom sector of Varanasi, it has not allocated anything for the traditional sectors of handloom and cashew in Kerala.

Industries happy

However, Group of Technology companies (GTech) and NASSCOM Regional Council have termed the Union Budget as positive. The industry hailed the allocation of Rs 10,000 cr as risk capital for start-up companies.

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(With PTI, IANS inputs)

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