K Palaniswami, Tamil Nadu
is fairly balanced, growth-oriented, that focuses on development of agriculture, rural development and health sector. The reduction in allocation in some sensitive schemes like post-matric scholarships for Scheduled Castes, Pradan Mantri Mathru Vandana Yojana could have been avoided.
Nitish Kumar, Bihar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
I want to congratulate the Finance Minister for his focus on agriculture, education and health services in the Union Budget.
He deserves special praise for raising minimum support price by 50 per cent to protect farmers' income. To boost health care, the centre has promised national health protection scheme
It would provide health insurance to 10 crore families or 50 crore individuals. It's a welcome step.
This budget is vision-less, growth-less, not people-oriented. No allocation for housing for all or the health sector. Unless allocations are made, there is no use of new schemes. It means 99% of them won't be implemented. Farmers were expecting Loan waiver. Karnataka not happy with allocations made to states
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Madhya Pradesh
Agriculture is the lifeline of our country. I welcome the decision to provide 1.5 times of cost as minimum support price for crops. Specialised agri processing will help us utilise our surplus production well. The health protection scheme for the poor will provide significant relief from high medical expenses