11 Mar ,Gangtok : Opposition Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) has slammed the General Budget passed by the State Legislative Assembly (SLA) in the recently concluded Budget Session terming it as “anti youth” and “anti farmer”.
Speaking during a press conference, SKM Spokesperson Jacob Khaling protested that only
79 crore had been earmarked for the youth oriented Chief Minister’s Start-up Scheme from the sanctioned 7132.59 cr budget which he said is less than one percent of the total budget.
Khaling expressed that the earmarked amount was not sufficient and more fund was needed to solve the growing problem of unemployment in the State.
“Almost quarter percent of the budget has been kept for the Finance Department which is under the charge of the chief minister. This indicates that the CM wants to assert financial dictatorship of some sorts,” Khaling alleged.
He further maintained that the budget was not beneficial for the people as it lacked special plans and provisions for the poor.
He also alleged the ruling legislators of having turned deaf ear to the questions raised by SKM MLAs K.N. Lepcha and Sonam Lama during the Assembly session.
The party also demanded temporary employees who have been working for more than 5 years to be regularized.