The Annual State Budget 2012 met with controversy even before it was presented in the Legislative Assembly. Many prominent newspapers had already started the debate about raising the pension age even before Finance Minister K M Mani had announced it in the budget. In the midst of this controversy, the bigger argument is on the verdict of the budget. While the opposition parties are doing what they are supposed to do, what do the subjects say...
“This year's budget has given a lot of importance to the education
sector. A total of Rs.10 crores has been allotted to the Vocational
Higher Secondary Schools and the Higher Secondary Schools. Each district
is to have a Medical College. Even the veterinary colleges weren't left
out. It is a farsighted budget with a lot of funds issued to implement a
centralised education policy in Kerala,” Dr. C Pradeep, Faculty Member
of IGNOU and Economics teacher at Mulamana Higher Secondary School,
opines about the budget.
“The Finance Minister has given more importance to the agriculture sector. Funds have been allotted for green houses, which allow cultivation even in adverse conditions and precision farming. It is a happy budget for the agriculture sector. But the interesting fact is that the number of farmers is on a steep decline; so we should wait and see how the funds are going to be utilised,” says an employee of Agri-business department, State Bank of Travancore.
Regarding the IT sector, Anil Philip, Special Correspondent of Kerala ITNews.com, says: "The annoucements look good on paper. It's the execution of these plans and annoucements that matter. I don't think there was any mention of Technopark Kundara and Infopark Chertala in the Budget. Starting another Technopark in Kottayam would just dilute the brand 'Technopark'. What happened to the Rural IT Parks announced as part of the 100 days programme of the UDF Government?"
"Personally I feel the State Goverment should focus on giving sops and incentives to the IT Industry in Kerala rather than building IT Parks. The IT industry in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai did not grow from Government owned IT Parks. Basic infrastructure like good roads (connectivity), power and water in existing and established places is more important than starting more parks in new places."
However, for many, especially government employees, the budget was all about the increase in pension age.
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