Budget: Cong for Providing Relief to the Common Man

New Delhi
Budget: Cong for Providing Relief to the Common Man
Congress wants the government to provide some kind of relief to the common man in the upcoming Union budget to ease their burden from rising prices.

"The budget exercise this year is very important as we have been facing a rise in inflation and prices over the last two years....Although food inflation has come well under control, the budget has to ensure that some kind of relief is provided to ease the burden faced by the Aam Admi," the party said in the editorial of the latest issue of Congress Sandesh, the party mouthpiece.

Ahead of the budget session beginning March 12, the party hoped that the exercise would have a balanced approach.

The party's message has come at time when the Opposition has been planning to corner the government on the issue of rising prices.

Noting that the UPA has an "experienced" Finance Minister in Pranab Mukherjee and an economist as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the editorial hoped that "they must be doing all that is possible to balance the budget in the interest of the progress of the country."

While flagging that global economic meltdown has not totally escaped affecting the country's finances, it said, "The fiscal deficit has also to be kept in control while providing for Government's ambitious social programmes."

It said the party was looking forward to a budget which will spur the economy once again on its road to progress.

Amid speculation of a possible rise in fuel prices after the Uttar Pradesh elections, the party mouthpiece noted that the continuous rise in the international crude prices has been a cause of concern to the government.

Petroleum Minister Jaipal Reddy today sought to downplay such contentions saying the speculation is "not correct".

"At this point of time, we are not contemplating it," he said.

Asked whether he is ruling out the possibility of a hike in next few days, the minister said, "I can only speak for the day."
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