Defensive strikes, dropped catches, no balls in the budget: Shashi Tharoor

NEW DELHI: The Union budget has unnecessarily defensive blows, falls of capture and quite a few balls, leader of the Congress Shashi Tharoor said in Lok Sabha on Monday, while criticizing the alleged failure to address the key problems facing the economy, including the distress of the farms, and rising fuel prices.

Tharoor, who was initiating discussion on the Union Budget for 2019-20 in Lok Sabha, used cricket lexicon to target the Center.

Given that cricket is in our minds these days with the semifinals of the World Cup tomorrow, let me say that instead of the bold limits that we expected in this first budget after the elections, what we have are unnecessary blows of defense, falls and many do not Pelotas and wide, said the leader of the congress.

He said that the budget was characterized by a mediocre set of announcements, distinctive failures and a deafening silence in matters of substance.

We are left with a kind of 'trishanku' budget, neither here nor there, he said.

The country's GDP growth rate was barely mentioned, he said, adding that the word 'GDP' appeared only once.

Hurrying and bad thinking through demonetization carries the great part of the responsibility of closing hundreds of thousands of small businesses and microenterprises, throwing many more people out of work, he said.

Tharoor also raised the issue of agricultural problems and farmers' suicides.

Our nation's farmers who provide food security have received a step-mother treatment in this government over the last five years that has resulted in a record level of farmer suicides, he said.

Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi, in his current form, is far from the reality of the serious agrarian crisis facing the country, Tharoor said, referring to the plan to provide Rs 6,000 per year in cash to small and marginalized farmers.

The government's announcement that it was aiming again at a fiscal deficit target of 3.3 percent does not inspire confidence, as it is the same figure that the government announced last year and did not comply, Tharoor said.

Now the government expects lakh of crore (rupees) by selling losses Air india . But the much more successful Jet Airways you have failed to find buyer. Who is going to bid for Air India? He questioned.

Meanwhile, the common man, he said, was already paying the world's highest fuel prices because of government taxes on gasoline and diesel at a time when fuel prices were falling all over the world.