A vague & visionless budget, says opposition

A vague & visionless budget, says opposition
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Budget reflects achievements of NPF-led DAN Govt: Zeliang

Kohima, March 23: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has termed the Nagaland Budget 2018-19 of the new People’s Democratic Alliance government as “empty vessel and vague” and without vision for the welfare of the State.
Interacting with section of media persons at the Opposition lobby in the Assembly here, former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition, T R Zeliang claimed that Chief Minister Rio’s budget presentation mostly reflects our achievements, while the new Government does not have any new programme.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio presenting Rs 1630.67 crore deficit budget for the fiscal 2018-19 in the Assembly estimated the gross receipts at Rs 18,232.51 crore and expenditure at Rs 18305.40 crore.
“Whatever they have reflected in budget is mostly our achievement so we appreciate in one way but on the other hand there is no new programme… what they propose to do or envision for the future nothing is reflected and there is no concrete plan for the coming year nor there is any vision for the future,” Zeliang said.
Zeliang claimed that his Government during the last tenure had brought sanctions for Dimapur roads, including four-lane from Purana Bazaar to Chumukedima, two-lane road from Golaghat Gate to Purana bazaar and Dimapur bye-pass road from Khatkati junction to Patkai junction. He also claimed that sanctions were brought for Kohima including City road and Bye-pass by the last government.
He said that there are so many other roads in Kohima, Dimapur and other district headquarters of the State, which are not reflected in the budget.
“Do they (government) think that by allocating mere Rs 50 crore they can improve all the roads of the district headquarter,” he queried.
He said even if they do repair works with such meagre amount, the road won’t be sustainable and it will be washed away during the rainy season.
The PDA government’s budget is a visionless budget and it is very vague as there is no concept of their own as they have only projected whatever we have done in the past, the Opposition leader said.
There is no new perception in the budget while it is almost like an empty vessel because this is collection of Government from the market and they have no common minimum programme, Zeliang added.
Debate on Governor’s address
Meanwhile, the third day of the Assembly session witnessed the members debating on the motion of thanks to the address of the Governor P B Acharya.
Minister Neiba Kronu also BJP MLA Dr Longrineken spoke in support of the motion of thanks while affirming that the Governor’s address has been one of the best in the recent past.
They said that the PDA government will be serious in maintaining transparency and good governance. He appealed to all the members to be sincere and honest in their assignments.
Opposition bencher, NPF MLAs, Imkong L. Imchen, Kuzholuzo Nienu, C L John, Yitachu and E E Pangteang criticized the speech, wherein the Governor had mentioned “My Government has come back to power…”.
They demanded for correction saying that the last 15 years was ruled by NPF-led DAN government while PDA government had come to power for the first time.
They were also of the view that since the alliance partners NDPP-BJP, which had gone to the elections with the slogan “Election for Solution”, is now in power, should persuade the Central government towards achieving an honourable and acceptable solution to the vexed Naga political issue.
The opposition members also assured to provide constructive criticism to the government for the general welfare of the people of the State.
They expressed hope that PDA will live up to the motto “Deeds, Not Words” stating that the composition of the new government is like “Old win in a new bottle” and many of them were in last government, which had failed because of internal crisis.
Discussion on the Governor’s address will continue on Saturday. (Page News Service)