DW BUREAU / Chandigarh
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday hailed the state’s budget 2018-19 as a milestone one, with its focus on multi-sectoral growth, and expressed the confidence that it would put the state on the path of high growth.However, opposition Akali Dal and AAP dubbed the budget as “directionless”.
Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal dismissed the budget as “directionless, meaningless and devoid of vision”.
Dismissing as totally unfounded and misleading the statements of SAD-BJP on the budget, the Chief Minister told mediapersons that this budget would lead the state back on the path of growth and prosperity to bring it out of the vicious cycle of fiscal mess into which the previous government had plunged it.
The budget proposals for 2018-19 were presented before the Assembly here today by Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal.
Amarinder challenged the Akalis and the BJP to list even one tangible success they had achieved in terms of development and prosperity of the state “during their decade-long misrule”.
“They had completely ruined the state’s economy with their ill-conceived policies,” he pointed out, adding that the current budget was not only progressive, balanced and people-friendly but provided a roadmap to put the derailed economy on the track by ensuring all-round development of the state. The current budget had taken due care of all sectors of state, be agriculture, industry, health, education, employment generation or, above all, the welfare of disadvantaged sections of the society, said the Chief Minister.