Union Budget, major disappointment for UP : Maya

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Lucknow, Mar 1: Describing the Union Budget a 'big disappointment' for Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Mayawati said it was a 'poll budget' with no long-term gains for commonman.

The neglect of the most populous state of the country in the proposals of the Union Budget presented in the parliament yesterday was glaring specially the omission of the most backward areas of poorvanchal and Bundelkhand had been very disappointing for the state government, she told reporters.

''I was expecting some sops for the backward region of poorvanchal and drought-hit Bundelkhand but there was no mention of it,''Ms Mayawati said. ''I still hope that the Rs 80000 crore development package for both these regions demanded earlier by the state government would be made available to UP government,'' she added.

''I have decided to write a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with reiteration of our earlier package,'' she further added.

However, all praise for the loan waiver scheme for the farmers to the tune of Rs 60,000 crore but even this announcement lacked clarity as how the banks would get to the task, she said.

''Also the cause of majority of farmers who had to get loan on higher interest rates would also be marked by the lack of mention in Union Finance Minister's budget speech in the parliament yesterday,'' Ms Mayawati said.

Dubbing the most of budgetary announcements as only ' half solutions' with an eye on the next general election, she said the Union Budget lacks in favourable provisions for landless, dalits, backwards and economically backwards among the upper castes.

Identifying the problems of inflation, price rise and devaluation of money as major ones, Ms Mayawati said the rebate in Income Tax was insufficient and should have been more.


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