Key issues of inflation, price rise left out
`Slide in food production remains untackled'`Fails to provide relief to farmers'
HYDERABAD: Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday said the Union Budget was `anti- poor' and has skipped key issues like tackling inflation, price rise, unemployment problem and row over special economic zones (SEZs).
Addressing a press conference, Mr. Naidu said though the Centre claimed to be farmer- friendly, there was no special focus on agriculture and rural development. "The entire emphasis seemed to be on achieving growth rate oblivious of human development and welfare".
He said there was no denying the fact, that the budget was pro-rich and the best example of this was the way concessions were granted for dog and cat food, while leaving out human welfare. "Entire budget is lopsided and impractical".
The TDP leader was highly critical of the way service tax was increased and said it would cast a burden on the common man. There was downward slide in food production but the budget had no word on how it is going tackle this problem. Decrease in food grain production and increase in
demand coupled with rise in inflation has led skyrocketing of essential commodities. The Central Government knows it but has no solution.
Allotment of fertile land and concessions to SEZ has become a big issue during the last few months.
BJP national secretary N. Indrasena Reddy on Wednesday said the Central Budget was "pro-rich" and failed to provide relief to farmers, middle classes and the poor.
At a press conference here, he said Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram had failed to spell out measures for tackling price rise.