Gadchiroli March 9 (District Correspondent) There are mixed reactions over the budget of Maharashtra government presented by the finance Minister Devendra Fadnavis today.
SUDHAKAR ADBALE—Newly elected MLC from Teachers constituency Sudhakar Adbale has strongly opposed the budget saying there is no any concrete provision on education.
No substantial provision has been made in this budget for farmers, agricultural laborers and education sector. This is the biggest injustice. Girls coming to school are given only one rupee as attendance allowance. No increase has been made in it. No concrete position has been taken regarding implementation of old pension in respect of deceased or working employees.
Even in rural areas there is no provision for Pandan roads. For the last 20 years, no provision has been made regarding the issue of grant to unaided colleges. An attempt has been made through this budget to rehabilitate the ruling party workers by setting up new corporations only. It is good thing that the salary of Shikshan Sevakas has been increased. However, since recruitment of teachers is banned after May 2, 2012, no one will get actual benefit. This is a budget that does not have a big provision on the education sector, Adbale has said.
ROHIDAS RAUT—Central vice President of All India Republican Party Rohidas Raut has commented that when the state government itself is unstable and a sword of the supreme court judgement is hanging on its neck, the government has tried to please the people keeping an eye on the coming elections by making some populist announcements.
In fact, the budget has no any substantial provision on the welfare of backward classes, education sector and financial corporations. No word has been mentioned on the closure of the schools with below 20 attendances, no budgetary allocation on the Medical College of Gadchiroli. The provision for the expansion of the Gondwana University too is very nominal, Raut has said.
The government has tried to appease the people but it has not mentioned from where the funds are to be arranged. This is clearcut misleading of the comman people, he has stated. There is no any specific provision for the backward district like Gadchiroli.
MAHENDRA BRAMHANWADE -District Congress President Mahendra Brahmwande has ridiculed the budget by saying that the budget misleads the common citizens.
The budget has been presented with a shower of announcements keeping in mind the upcoming Municipal Corporation- Local Self-Government elections. The budget is focused on big cities and there is no provision of any substantial funds or new industries for the development of Gadchiroli district. No concrete steps seem to have been taken to provide ample power supply for the unseasonal rain-damaged crops and agricultural pumps.
On the other hand, even when unemployment is increasing in the state, there is no announcement of new industries in the state. The ration being given to orange ration card holders will be stopped and instead ration card holders will be given nominal money. Thus, the ration will be stopped for the common citizens of Gadchiroli district. This government has disappointed the farmers, youth and women of the district and the state, Bramhanwade has said.
DR. SHILU CHIMURKAR –In the budget presented today, Finance Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced to increase the scholarship to students and also to provide free uniform to them. It has also been announced in the budget that uniforms will be provided free of charge to students of all categories up to class VIII in local government schools. While doing this, no provision has been made to provide quality education to students in rural areas and to stop dropout in schools, social activist Dr. Shilu Chimurkar.
The limit of Rs 1.5 lakh in Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Janarogya Yojana has now been increased to Rs 5 lakh. This decision of the state government will greatly benefit the poor and lower middle-class citizens who are totally dependent on government hospitals for medical treatment. Inclusion of 200 new hospitals in Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Janarogya Yojana, Balasaheb Thackeray Hospitals and Government Medical College in Gadchiroli are the welcome steps in the budget, Dr. Chimurkar said.