Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday slammed the national budget for 2013-14, saying that it belied the expectations of the common man and bypassed the developmental needs of his state.
"The Union budget has belied the expectations of the common man. It is totally disappointing. It has bypassed the developmental needs of the people of Odisha," the chief minister told reporters in Bhubaneswar.
He said the budget, presented by union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, does not have any special measures to contain inflation.
It was unfortunate, he added, that allocation for Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) has been drastically curtailed in the revised estimates of the current financial year and in the budget estimates for 2013-14.
According to Patnaik, the budgetary allocation for implementation of the Food Security Bill was grossly inadequate. "It will only remain as an expression of intent without any commitment," he claimed.
Patnaik, who is also president of the state's ruling Biju Janata Dal, said the budgetary allocation for central assistance to the state plan has been drastically reduced in the revised estimates and only marginally increased in the budget estimates for 2013-14.
"Unfortunately, full provision has not been made for central sales tax (CST) compensation to the states. The Union budget 2013-14 contains no significant policy intervention to revive growth in the economy, tackle inflation and ensure food security for the poor," he added.