Union Budget 2023 has failed farmers, rural poor and youth: SAD's Sukhbir Badal
Chandigarh, February 1: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday alleged that the Union Budget 2023 had failed farmers, rural, poor and youth, besides failing to do anything to revive agricultural and industrial sector in the state.
Reacting to the Union Budget 2023, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal alleged that farmers were promised that their agriculture income would be doubled. “Far from doing anything to realise this goal, the government has not ensured assured government procurement for all foodgrains on minimum support price (MSP)”.
The SAD chief alleged that similarly, the Union Government had failed to fully implement its promise to ensure pucca houses for all by 2022. “The youth have also not got 16 crore jobs as promised at the rate of two crore jobs per year”.
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Speaking about the Union Budget vis-a-vis Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal said farmers were disappointed that new funds had been earmarked for diversification of crops in the state. “This is necessary to tackle the problem of groundwater depletion. Similarly, nothing was done for border farmers who are working under adverse conditions."
Speaking about government thrust on millets, Sukhbir Badal said this would succeed only if all millet crops were procured as per remunerative MSP.
The SAD president said Punjab industry was going through a lean phase and the state was witnessing migration of industries to other states. “It’s unfortunate that the Union Government has not done anything to incentivise industry in Punjab. Earlier also, Punjab lost out when hill states were given tax cuts, " he added.
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- With inputs from our correspondent