The Opposition leaders on Friday criticised the state Budget which the finance minister Amit Mitra tabled in the Assembly as “devoid of any positive direction which does not depict the real picture in the state.”
Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan said the state government should immediately publish a white paper regarding giving of jobs to 68 lakh of people in the past five years. He said Mitra should clarify why big industries were not coming to the state. “MSME gives jobs to people but unless big industries come, there will not be employment generation.”
Manas Bhuniya said the Budget was absolutely directionless and had not portrayed the real picture of the state. “The economic condition is going down from bad to worse and no step has been taken to improve the economic health of the state.”
Revenue collection from sales tax is going down. That has not been mentioned in the Budget statement of the finance minister. “It is a directionless Budget and will not bring any good to the state.”
Sujan Chakraborty, said the state government was making “the state into a beggar’s state and a directionless Budget will turn the state from bad to worse.” He said the erstwhile Left Front government had often been criticised for taking loan, but wondered why the present government was following the same path. “West Bengal now tops the country in financial mismanagement and corruption,” he maintained.
Dilip Ghosh, state BJP president said the state government was making development on funds provided by the Centre. State government should come up with a statement on projects that had been carried out on its own funds, he said.