New Delhi, Feb 1: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the Centre after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented his last full-fledged budget in the Lok Sabha. Taking to Twitter, Gandhi said the NDA government led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after four years of rule, is still promising fair prices to the farmers. He added while the centre has presented many “fancy” schemes, it failed to give budget for the same. [Also read: Union Budget 2018: List of Items That has Become Costlier] Also Read - Tripura Congress Chief's Car Attacked Allegedly by BJP Workers, Party Calls For Strike
He further emphasised that it also failed in generating jobs for the youth in previous four years. “4 years gone; still promising FARMERS a fair price. 4 years gone; FANCY SCHEMES, with NO matching budgets. 4 years gone; no JOBS for our YOUTH. Thankfully, only 1 more year to go,” tweeted Gandhi. [Also read: Budget 2018: Aadhaar-like Unique ID For Business Soon] Also Read - Shatabdi Roy Meets Mamata's Nephew Abhishek Banerjee, Says She Is Not Leaving TMC
In Union Budget 2018-19, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley brought cheers to the rural economy and agricultural sector. However, he left the salaried class a bit disappointed as he decided not to tinker with the income tax rates. Jaitley’s budget has targeted a fiscal deficit of 3.3 per cent in the 2018-19 fiscal but also announced the National Health Protection Scheme, which will be the world’s largest government-funded universal healthcare programme. [Also read: Budget 2018 Most Disappointing in last 60 years, say Central Govt Employees] Also Read - Subhra Kundu, Wife of Rose Valley Group Chief Gautam Kundu, Arrested By CBI
Fisheries, aquaculture and animal husbandry sectors, too, have benefitted from Jaitley’s largesse as Rs 10,000 crore have been allocated for them. He also announced said Kisan Credit Card will be extended to the fisheries and animal husbandry farmers.
An agricultural market fund of Rs 2,000 crore will also be set up while Operation Green will be launched a fund of Rs 500 crore. “Operation Greens shall promote Farmer Producers Organizations (FPOs), agri-logistics, processing facilities and professional management,” he announced.