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Jharkhand CM terms budget as ‘Mann ki baat’ devoid of ground realities

Ranchi, February 1: Chief minister Hemant Soren reacting to the Union annual budget 2022-23 tabled by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has compared it with another ‘Mann ki Baat’ which is addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on radio and television.

 “Our PM holds his Mann ki Baat programme through radio and TV every month where he only speaks his mind without listening to any body. Similarly, the Union budget was tabled by the finance minister who spoke about the Centre’s mann ki baat through her budget speech without considering the requirements of the state. Not only this, her budget doesn’t say anything concrete for scores of jobless, poor, farmers, youths and a large section of the people,” he said.

Hemant, who reached Dumka in the evening on Tuesday  added that this year’s budget seemed more like an attempt to disrupt and weaken fiscal management and relations between states and Centre.

“There are no state specific suggestions or acknowledgement of the (people’s) needs in the budget. Rather than increasing fiscal assistance to states that are poor and under-developed, the Centre has announced to provide loans and has increased allocations, which is clearly an indication that it wants the states to be debt-ridden,” he said. 

Hemant also took a dig at the Centre’s move to privatise and ramp up funds. “Only by doing this, BJP has emerged as one of the biggest parties with a net worth of Rs 5,000 crore,” he said.

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