Vande Bharat trains can't replace SilverLine - Thomas Isaac

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Thiruvananthapuram: Former Finance Minister of Kerala Thomas Isaac asserted that the 400 Vande Bharat trains announced in the Union Budget cannot be an equivalent to the SilverLine corridor. The speed of Vande Bharat trains are incomparable with the SilverLine, added Thomas Isaac.

The declared budget will only increase inequality in the nation. The proposal of increasing the wages distributed through the rural employment programme is inaccurate as the share granted for the programme this year is low compared to the previous budget.

A comparatively lower budget has been set aside for the agricultural sector. The health sector which demands more focus this time was allocated only Rs 86,000 crores. It was the same amount last year too.

No measures have been constituted to control inflation. Isaac warned of a protest bigger than the farmer’s strike if the Centre attempted to put Life Insurance of Corporation of India (LIC) on sale.

Budget neglected agricultural sector- Minister

When 3.53 per cent of the total budget of the Union Budget 2021-22 was allocated for agriculture sector, the figures of the same shrinked to 3.35 per cent this year. The Central government which promised to double farmers’ income has not rolled out any programme or benefits for them, opined Agriculture Minister P Prasad.

No need of SilverLine now- BJP state president

The Kerala government should renounce its excessive pride and scrap the proposal for SilverLine project with the launch of Vande Bharat trains which are faster than the SilverLine trains, said BJP state president K Surendran. He stated that the budget will make an extraordinary contribution to the basic development of the country and ensure equal justice to all states.

Neglects Kerala- CPM

CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that the Union Budget neglected the major proposals of Kerala. The Centre did not recognise the state’s demand for AIIMS and railway zone. The budget has not mentioned K-Rail also.

Centre let slip Covid and unemployment- KPCC president

K Sudhakaran slammed the budget as having nothing to provide relief for the public who are strangled by Covid crisis. He said that there are plans to hand over LIC to corporate and foreign powers.

Forsakes rural India - CPI

CPI secretary Kanam Rajendran opposed the Centre’s claim of an economic growth of 9 per cent in the country. The budget may leave the common people in utter distress while safekeeping the corporates, he said.

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