Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi has termed the budget for the financial year 2023-24 as ‘Mitra Kaal Budget’. He said that this proves that the government does not have a roadmap for building the future of India. Rahul tweeted, ‘Mitra Kaal budget has no vision for job creation, no plan to tackle inflation and no intention to remove inequality.’
Rahul Gandhi claimed, ‘1 per cent richest people have 40 per cent wealth, 50 per cent poor people pay 64 per cent GST, 42 per cent youth are unemployed. Even after this the Prime Minister does not care. The budget proved that the government has no roadmap to build the future of India.
Efforts to help all sections
Ahead of next year’s general elections, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tried to woo all sections in the last full budget of the Narendra Modi government presented on Wednesday. While on the one hand he announced relief to the middle class and employed people on the income tax front. At the same time, by increasing the investment limit under small savings schemes, the elderly and women have also been given a gift through the new savings scheme. Along with this, it is also proposed to increase the expenditure on infrastructure by 33 percent.
‘Unemployment-poverty missing from budget speech’
Congress MP P. Chidambaram said that the Finance Minister did not mention words like unemployment, poverty, inequality or equality anywhere in his speech. He said the budget shows that the government does not care about the livelihood of the people, their concerns, the growing disparity between the rich and the poor. It may be known that under the new tax regime, the personal income tax exemption limit has been increased to Rs 7 lakh from April 2. This means that if a person’s income is seven lakh rupees, he will not have to pay any tax. Till now this limit is 5 lakh rupees. Also, the tax ‘slab’ has been reduced from seven to five.
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