Budget Has No Relation With Reality: Bengal Opposition

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Kolkata: Opposition Congress and Left Front described West Bengal’s budget for 2016-17 as having no connection with the ground realities in the state.

Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Abdul Mannan said that the statistics given in the budget presented in the assembly today was “baseless”.

“Baseless statistics have been presented in the budget to fool the people,” he alleged, adding that “in this budget, they have tried to encourage drinking in order to increase their revenue. This is ridiculous”.

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West Bengal, already grappling with an acute financial stress, today unveiled a full-fledged budget for 2016-17, proposing a 9.1 per cent rise in tax collection against the revised figure of the previous fiscal.

State Finance Minister Amit Mitra proposed a tax revenue of Rs 50,773 crore as against Rs 42,919 crore achieved in 2015-16.

CPI-M legislative leader Sujan Chakraborty said the state government has started a competition of presenting small budgets and small speeches.

“The state has started the competition of presenting small budgets and small speeches. First, it was Governor’s speech and now a small budget. There have been no clear indication of increasing employment and revenues,” Chakraborty said.