Budget gives no relief from inflation, unemployment: CM
   Date :02-Feb-2023

Staff Reporter
Describing the Budget as disappointing, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that through this budget, the BJP-led Government at the Centre has once again shattered the dreams, hopes and aspirations of the common people as the Union Budget has no special provisions for the youth, farmers, labourers and women of the country. The BJP Government at the Centre has opened a box of empty promises for the upcoming elections in many states. Neither the MSP of the farmers has increased, nor has the youth got an employment guarantee. Baghel said that there is recession, poverty, unemployment and inflation in the economy. Instead of immediate and quick relief, the government wants to divert people’s attention from the problems of the present by showing hollow dreams of the future.
Baghel said that this Budget has been prepared keeping in view the upcoming elections only. An attempt has been made to woo the voters of Karnataka with this budget. Chief Minister Baghel said that the people of Chhattisgarh have also been disappointed by the Budget. New train routes were expected from Ambikapur, Jagdalpur, but nothing was given in the Budget.
Various trains from Chhattisgarh were canceled for months, many stoppages were removed, and due to the closure of the services of these trains, passengers faced a lot of inconveniences, but no provision was made for this. Moreover, nothing was announced by FM Sitharaman for the welfare of the tribals. The Finance Minister did not specify any measure relief in the field of agriculture. 2023 has been announced as Millet year, but MSP on Millet was not talked about in the Budget, while on the other side, Chhattisgarh has declared a minimum support price on 52 crops. It would not be wrong to say that the Central Government has forgotten about the welfare of the farmers.
Baghel further said that giving Railways the highest-ever capital outlay hike of 75 per cent with an allocation of Rs 2.4 lakh crore is surprising. Maybe before privatising railways, the Government is trying to give railways some makeover just like they did with the airports, he asserted.
Chief Minister Baghel said that today the prices of gas and oil have increased so much, no concrete steps have been taken in the Budget for alternative energy. The problem of those states is not being taken care of, where alternative energy can be prepared by making ethanol from stubble. He said that he has been writing to the Prime Minister since the beginning in this regard.