GUWAHATI, March 13 – Ruing that the Budget failed to reflect any effort on the part of the State Government to address the State’s burning issues, AIUDF leader Sirajuddin Ajmal today called for foolproof monitoring of the utilisation of budgetary allocations.
Taking part in the discussion on the Budget, Ajmal said that the Government had a history of failing to utilise the budgetary allocations while the amount utilised served little purpose due to widespread corruption.
Ajmal also alleged that the Budget violated provisions of the Assam Budget Manual from 2002 to 2010, as pointed out by CAG reports.
“We expected a performance and result-oriented Budget but the Government is casual in its approach to the Budget…it is silent on burning issues like price rise, inflation and rampant corruption in implementation of government schemes. Price rise and inflation are at their peak, and the Government has no control over the market,” Ajmal said.
Rapping the Government on the poor law-and-order front, Ajmal said that crimes of all sorts registered an unprecedented rise across the State, with the State capital Guwahati transforming into a crime hub.
“Even for lodging an FIR, one has to bribe the police…the police too has serious constraints concerning manpower, facilities and training, making them more vulnerable to greed and fear,” he said.
Ajmal said that the issue of ‘D’ voters and NRC did not figure in the Budget speech.
Lamenting that “not a single penny” was earmarked for the tea-tribes, Ajmal said that agriculture was another critical front being neglected. “Over 85 per cent of cropland does not have irrigation facilities, and agriculture’s share in the State’s GDP is declining.
The AIUDF leader alleged that little was being done to improve the educational scenario in char areas, tea garden areas, and hill areas. “The Government should develop a comprehensive and inclusive education policy,” he added.
Ajmal said that in spite of the potential, power generation in the State remained far from adequate. He, however, opined against mega dams in view of its adverse downstream impact and the region’s location being on the highly seismic Zone V.
Ajmal said that access to health care was another area where the Government was not making adequate interventions which was reflected by the abysmal human development indices. Abdul Muhib Majumdar, Manoranjan Das, Imauel Mushahary (BPF), Dr Rumi Nath, Ranjit Das, Bismita Gogoi and Rajen Barthakur also participated in the Budget discussion.