Growth-oriented Budget that takes care of all sections of the society: CM 28-02-2015
Chandigarh, February 28—The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has hailed the Union Budget 2015-16, presented by the Finance Minister, Mr Arun Jaitely, in Parliament today, as a “growth-oriented Budget that takes care of all sections of the society”. Reacting to the Budget proposals here today, he said that these aimed at making the country a prosperous and meaningful global power by the 75th year of Independence and reducing the fiscal deficit to three per cent in three years. Counting the gains for the agriclture sector, the Chief Minister said the Rs 8.5 lakh-crore credit to be given to the farmers in 2015-16 would give a decisive boost to agriculture. While taking care of the unemployed, the government will ensure that no one who is poor is without a job. The allocation of funds has been increased to Rs 5,000 crore for MGNREGA which is very encouraging, the Chief Minister said. Also, provision of Rs 15,000 crore has been made in the Rural Credit Fund and a national market would be set up for marketing of farmers’s produce. He appreciated the announcement for setting up a National Agriculture Market. The provision of Rs 5,300 crore for micro-irrigation, watershed development and the ‘Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana’ would strengthen the irrigation infrastructure. Mr Manohar Lal said the states would for the first time get 62 per cent of the total resources and GST would be put in place by April 1, 2016. He also appreciated the announcement made by Mr Jaitley to keep inflation below six per cent and agreed that the credibility of the India economy had been re-established. Mr Manohar Lal hailed the announcement on setting up of an Apprenticeship Training Institute for Women in Haryana for imparting practical and employable training to women. He thanked the Union Finance Minister for constituting a high-level committee for finalizing details for establishing a Horticultural University for which the state government has already prepared DPR. Four crore new houses would be built in villages of the state by 2020. He also welcomed the launch of National Skills Mission through the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry. The Mission will consolidate skill initiatives spread across several ministries and allow us to standardize procedures and outcomes across our 31 Sector Skill Councils. The Chief Minister appreciated that employee's contribution to EPF below an income threshold will be made optional without reducing employer's contribution. The proposal of a new scheme of providing physical aids for senior citizens living below poverty line is also encouraging. Equally good is the decision to implement the Prime Minister’s Surakhsha Bhima Yojana to increase access to insurance. It will be linked with Jan Dhan Yojana. He also welcomed the steps announced in the Budget for enacting a comprehensive new law on black money to specifically deal with such money stashed away abroad. Mr Manohar Lal lauded the decision to bring Yoga in the ambit of charitable purposes under the Income Tax Act, and said that this would further help in the promotion of Yoga, one of the oldest holistic health care systems, not just because of its fundamental healing approach, but also because of its many benefits for physical, mental and spiritual well being. The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, had appealed to the world community that India's yoga should be celebrated as World Yoga Day following which, the United Nations has declared June 21 as the World Yoga Day, he added.