01 February, Bhubaneswar
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik welcomed the decision of increasing the minimum support price to 1.5 times of the cost of production of crops as announce by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the budget presented today.
In his reaction Patnaik said “it has been our constant demand top increase the minimum support price to 1.5 times of production cost of crops”.
” I am happy that it looks like that our demand has been accepted” he said adding that the cost of production must take into account the actual cost incurred by the farmers on a realistic basis.
” I welcome the intent of the central government but at the same time I am keenly waiting the modalities of the calculation, Patnaik remarked.
The Chief Minister also expressed his happiness that the National Health Protection has been announced to cover 10 crore poor people in the budget .
He however said it would have been better that instead of a target of 10 crores ,universal coverage extending to all eligible poor families was incorporated .The state government, the Chief Minister said will fully support if such a step is taken.
Patnaik said he was however disappointed that the central government has missed out the focus for the KBK and other tribal areas .The allocation on SC, ST and other vulnerable section and social sector is grossly inadequate,he remarked.
The Chief Minister said he was concerned about the low allocation of MGNREGA, Mid day Meal scheme , National Health Mission, reduction in allocation of PMGSY and inadequate emphasis on drinking water .
There has been also a marginal increase in the allocation on Irrigation which is a major concern as irrigation will play a major role in doubling the farmers income, Patnaik said.
Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said the people of Odisha will be more benefited in the budget as the Centre has extended helping hand to the share croppers to avail government loanHe said priority has been given on Agriculture,Rural Development,Small and Medium Industries, Employment, Education and Health adding that there has been an all time record in the allocation of Rs.14 lakh crores in Agriculture and Rural Development.
Odisha Pradesh Congress Chief Prasad Harichandan dubbed the budget as “unrealistic ” and said the government has not made any provisions form where it would generate the resources. The budget proposals are election oriented ,he remarked.
Odisha Samajwadi Party President Rabi Behera described the budget as anti-poor, anti-farmer and anti-youth while Utkal Bharat President Kharavela Swain, has welcomed the budget.