New Delhi: The Union Budget came under the attack of the MPs from the North East, while the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee announced Rs 500-crore pilot schemes in the 12th Plan for promotion and relevance of geo-textiles in the region.
Presenting the 9th Budget of the UPA Government, Mukherjee also anticipated setting up of three Weavers Service Centres, one each in Mizoram, Nagaland and Jharkhand. The Ministry of Textiles runs Weavers Service Centres in different parts of the country for providing technical support to poor handloom weavers.
The Finance Minister’s Budget speech did not focus on some particular region, disappointing the MPs from NE.
The outlay for Rasthtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana has been increased to Rs 9,217 crore from Rs 7860 crore in 2012-2013. The allocation for the scheme has been hiked to Rs 1000 crore from Rs 400 crore. States in Eastern India have reported additional paddy production of seven million tonne in kharif, said Mukherjee.
However, the Finance Minister skipped some vital projects like flood and attrition and allocation for the 10 national projects under Prime Minister’s Rail Vikas Yojana or the North Eastern Region Rail Development Fund.
The outlay of North Eastern Council (NEC) has been fixed at Rs 691 crore from the Rs 633 crore (2011-12). Allocation for NEDFi has been set aside constant at Rs 60 crore.
In the meantime, Union Minister of State for DoNER, Paban Singh Ghatowar, relating it as a ‘good budget” said that the North East would benefit from the overall allocations made to different sectors, comprising agriculture and textile.
BJP MP Rajen Gohain said that Assam has been abandoned in the Budget. It is shocking that regardless of the Prime Minister representing the State, Assam has been given a raw deal. Some of the agriculture universities have been given handsome allocations, but there is nothing for those in the State.
Pankaj Bora of Congress said that Budget has been founded on sound economic policy keeping practical and pragmatic view of the country.