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Budget hugely disappointing: Harish Rawat


By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 1 Feb: Veteran Congress leader and former Chief Minister Harish Rawat today described the general budget presented by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as hugely disappointing.
He said that the Central Government had presented this budget in view of the upcoming elections to be held in five states but still it was totally disappointing.
PCC Chief Ganesh Godiyal and General Secretary (Organisation) Mathuradutt Joshi also issued a joint statement expressing their reaction to the Union Budget, claiming that it had disappointed the people of the country. There was nothing for Uttarakhand in the budget and, though the Government would make an excuse that there was no provision for Uttarakhand in view of the Model Code of Conduct being in force, the people would see through this excuse. The budget had mainly disappointed the common person.
They further claimed that the budget had also neglected key sectors like agriculture and the necessary subsidies to the farmers. They also expressed disappointment over the government’s decision not to increase the exemption limit for income tax.
Ganesh Godiyal said that every section of society was disappointed with the four and a half year rule of the BJP state government. Inflation and unemployment were at their peak. The main pilgrimage of the state was being made a victim of politics.
Joshi said that Uttarakhand is a tourism-dominated state, in such a situation, there is a need for a big package to boost the tourism sector, which was suffering from the Corona crisis, but nothing had been announced in this regard. Uttarakhand is already facing a shortfall in revenue to the tune of Rs 2,200 crores due to GST. During the Corona period, the revenue shortfall had increased by Rs 4,000 crores. The budget would increase the problems for the state.