Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today welcomed the Union Budget 2019-20 saying it speaks of medium to long-term vision of the Union Government which is good for the country.
“The Union Budget, 2019-20 speaks of medium to long-term vision of the Government. However, these need to be backed by commensurate budgetary allocations. The imposition of cess and surcharge by the central Government which remain outside the divisible poll further reduces the resources available to the States,” said the Chief Minister.
Though the CM welcomed higher allocation for sectors like Health, Education, Skill Development, Drinking Water, Livelihood Mission, Women and Child Development, but express concern for the decreased allocation for MGNREGA, core schemes for SC, ST and other vulnerable groups and pension under NSAP.
“Increased allocation for Railways projects is a welcome step. I hope, the railway projects in Odisha would be fast-tracked with adequate allocation. However, reduced allocation for National Highways would adversely affect the inter-State connectivity,” said Patnaik.