CHENNAI: Actor-politician Kamal Haasan on Tuesday described the union budget 2019-20 as 'self-serving’ and said it sounded in parts ‘like the legitimate version of money for votes’.
"All the promises in this interim budget made to the middle class and the farmers might look impressive prima facie but if broken down to per diem/day allowance, it would amount to a paltry sum", Kamal Haasan tweeted.
"Economic experts will easily be able to pick holes in this budget. But what is obvious even to the common man is that this budget sounds in some parts like the legitimate version of money for votes," he added.
“While the party in power might reap the benefits of this dole, what if the People of India choose another party? Why would the new party in power continue with this budgetary idea, which they are already critical of?”, he asked.
“The bottom line is, it is a very “self-serving” budget by the Government. And more importantly, the budget doesn’t address any of the critical issues that “Affect the People of Tamil Nadu”, he tweeted.
Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal had presented the NDA government's interim budget last Friday.
Goyal had announced that farmers would be provided Rs 6,000 per year in three instalments under a scheme to be fully funded by the central government, under the scheme called ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi’.
According to this, Rs 6,000 will be transferred into bank accounts of farmers holding up to 2 hectares of land in three equal instalments.