"This budget tells the tale of fiscal mismanagement. The state's debt liability is projected to go up from Rs 1,41,792 crore to Rs 1,61,159 crore," former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda said in his reaction to the budget.
He said the budget does not mention any big project.
"There is nothing for farmers, traders, youths, employees and labourers to cheer about in this budget. This budget has also disappointed the deprived sections," he said.
Describing the budget as one which will break the back of common tax payers, Leader of Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala, who is a senior INLD leader, said this budget is "directionless and disappointing".
"It has disappointed all sections," Chautala said, even as he also criticized the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government for mounting debt.
The BJP government in Haryana today proposed no fresh tax in its fourth budget for 2018-19, while keeping its size at Rs 1.15 lakh crore with focus on raising expenditure in key sectors, including farm, education, health, industry, skill development and infrastructure.
The revenue deficit has been projected at Rs 8,253.51 crore for 2018-19 as against revised estimates Rs 8,226.17 crore for 2017-18. The fiscal deficit, another key fiscal indicator, has been proposed at Rs 19,399.34 crore as against Rs 17,240.45 crore in 2017-18.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has hailed the budget presented by Finance Minister Abhimanyu as one which will further propel growth, make it inclusive, push employment, and turn farming into more remunerative proposition.
Reacting to the budget proposals, the chief minister said that the emphasis on economic services and skill development, reflected in higher outlays, will not only help generate jobs but also boost employability of the youth.
The effort made to combine fiscal prudence with sagacious use of resources to optimize their effect is laudable, he said.
"That 28.7 per cent of the total budget (Rs 1.15 lakh crore) has been allocated to economic services, including rural development, and 33.89 per cent has been allocated to social services more than underscores the attempt to lace growth with social welfare," Khattar said.
Besides, the thrust on agriculture rural development will better the lot of the farmers and make life in the rural areas better by creating more opportunities, he added.
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