On the agenda, on the record

On the agenda, on the record
Comment E-mail Print Share
First Published: Sun, Feb 25 2007. 07 34 AM IST
Updated: Sun, Feb 25 2007. 07 34 AM IST
A.B. Bardhan , CPI general secretary
Wishlist: “The Left has given a joint note of proposals to the government. We have stressed on the unfulfilled commitments made in the CMP.”
Key demands: “We want a pro-people, pro-farmers Budget. We want the government to boost agriculture production and ensure food security. We also want greater allocation for education and health care.”
Resource mobilization: “The Left has even given a detailed proposal on resource mobilisation. We’ve recommended a hike in the effective corporate-tax rate, besides a hike in capital gains, securities transactions and inheritance taxes.”
Disinvestment: “We are opposed to any dilution of government equity in PSUs. We’re also against the backdoor disinvestment in the navratnas through the IPO route, as the government has started doing again.”
FDI in retail: “We oppose the entry of foreign players in retail on their own as well through tie-ups with domestic players.We also want the government to regulate the growth of domestic retail chains since they will have a similar adverse impact on the small stores.”
Jayanti Natarajan
Congress spokesperson
Wishlist & expectations: “The Congress hasn’t given a Budget wishlist to the finance minister. But we expect the Budget to help control the impact of inflation, to contain rising prices and benefit the aam aadmi. We expect the Budget to focus on agriculture and farmers. We expect it to increase the social security net for the most disadvantaged sections of society. And we expect the Budget to do more for infrastructure development.”
Broad Budget focus: “We expect the FM to deliver a balanced Budget, in terms of boosting growth along with social justice.
Growth: “9% GDP growth is something we should be proud of, but the price rise is a challenge.”
FDI in retail: “The party has made its position clear. The small kirana stores should not lose out as organized retail expands. So, we want the policy on FDI in retail to reflect this concern.”
Rajiv Pratap Rudy
BJP spokesperson
Growth: “9%-plus growth is welcome, but the government must realize that its impact is not percolating down to 60 crore Indians, who have to subsist on just about Rs50 a day so there’s a clear disconnect between growth and the majority of our population.”
Wishlist: “We have outlined our concerns and demands in the 21-page note written by BJP president Rajnath Singh to the PM.”
Key demands: “We have three. First, bring in real investment in agriculture. Second, revive small and medium enterprises. This is important because the shift from agriculture will take time. But the shift from agriculture to manufacturing can be easier with the requisite training and investment. Third, boost infrastructure and generate employment.”
Specific measures: “We have left the micro management to the government. It is up to the government to decide whether it squeezes liquidity or increases supply of essential commodities.”
Comment E-mail Print Share
First Published: Sun, Feb 25 2007. 07 34 AM IST