Maharashtra: opposition attacks government for failing to cut fuel taxes
The opposition criticized the state government for failing to cut “a single rupee” on state taxes on diesel and gasoline, and said the budget had disappointed farmers, young people, women and the backward class.
“Members of the ruling party carried signs about gasoline and diesel prices every day, but the state has not cut a single rupee from its fuel price taxes,” Devendra Fadnavis said. , Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, referring to the Shiv Senarecent protests against the Center for high fuel prices.
Fadnavis also said that no provision was made in the budget for an incentive program or a one-time settlement program for farmers who regularly repay their loans. “About 45 percent of farmers have been denied the farm loan waiver program. This proves that the Thackeray government’s farm loan forgiveness is a deceptive loan forgiveness system, ”he said.
The opposition leader added that agricultural loans of up to Rs 3 lakh at a zero percent interest rate would not benefit 80 percent of the state’s farmers. “Because these farmers with non-irrigated land never borrow more than Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh. The ad is therefore for the namesake, ”he said.
Chief Deputy Minister and Finance Minister Ajit Pawar admitted there were a lot of expectations, but pointed to the revenue shortfall for not reducing state taxes on fuel. “Due to the state’s financial situation, expectations could not be met. There is a huge revenue gap, which can increase further. But the Center should have reduced its fuel taxes. I admit we couldn’t make a concession on this, ”Pawar said.
He added that the interest-free crop loan program would benefit a large number of farmers in the state.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said the budget was a relief for all sections of society while speeding up infrastructure development in the state. “Despite the difficult situation due to the pandemic, we have presented a budget that relieves all layers of society and we will move the state forward, ”Thackeray said.