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Opp calls Budget directionless

SHILLONG: Opposition has slammed the state budget as ‘directionless’ saying “There is nothing cheer about.”
“There is nothing new in the Budget since it is just the repetition of the old schemes,” NPP legislator James K Sangma said on Wednesday while terming the budget as ‘directionless’.
According to him, the Budget, presented by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, has failed to meet the aspirations of the people and “it clearly reflects the gloomy future of Meghalaya in the days to come.”
Echoing a similar view, UDP legislator Paul Lyngdoh said that the important sector which is road was not been given the necessary support with the proposed development outlay of only Rs 555.20 crore which is difficult even to meet the outstanding dues.
“It is really sad to see that there is no attempt on the part of the Government to synergies the various departments to optimize economic growth,” Lyngdoh said.
He further said that Integrated Basin Development and Livelihoods of Promotion Programme (IBDLP) will remain to be distant dream of the Government since there is very little chance of meeting its target.
With the revenue lost of over Rs 600 crore due to the NGT ban, UDP legislator said that till date, the State Government is yet to come with alternative sources of revenue to mitigate the situation.
“Difficult days await the State,” Lyngdoh added.

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