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Oppn attacks govt, calls Budget economic blunder

Opposition parties on Tuesday trained their guns on the government in the Rajya Sabha over the general Budget, calling it an “economic blunder” and terming some of its announcements as election “jumla”. Members from Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) also targetted the government on the farmers’ front, wondering whether it has any agricultural roadmap.

Naresh Agrawal (SP) spoke about difficulty in loans for the poor and farmers and asked the government to clearly define the parameters of poverty. “No loan is given without giving commission. Has any action been taken against any Chairman, Regional Managers and Managers of banks?” he asked.

Talking about corruption in MGNREGA, he said the government should rather withdraw it as instead of giving employment, it was encouraging corruption which has made the election of village heads an expensive affair.

He also advised the government to accept the recommendations of a Parliamentary panel to increase the salary of MPs. Pawan Kumar Verma (JD-U) posed 10 questions before the government on the Budget it was “mystifying”. While the Budget claims that economy will accelerate to 7.6 per cent and India is hailed as a bright spot, exports are “sinking” for the past 15 months and the manufacturing sector is in a "very bleak" position.
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