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Virbhadra Singh terms Union budget 2017 as disappointing
Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has termed the Union budget presented by Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley today as disappointing and disheartening for the people of the country especially Himachal Pradesh.
He said it seems to be the budget of mere promises and commitments in which interests of the common man had been completely ignored.

He said the people of the country were expecting some respite after passing through the phase of hardship due to demonetisation process but the Union government had failed to come up to their expectations.

He said there was nothing in it for the farmers and unemployed youth and fails to create an impact on the masses. He added that not much had been offered to the middle and lower middle class.

The Chief Minister said the salaried class and employees were looking forward to relief in income tax slab but the new provision made by the Union government would benefit low income group only.

Virbhadra Singh said it was unfortunate that Himachal Pradesh had been again ignored in rail budget and no mention had been made of strategically important Bilaspur- Bhanupalli-Leh rail link. For more than twenty years, the execution work of Nangal-Talwara rail line was in limbo. 

The matter had already been raised with Union Railway Minister for extension of existing rail lines and for new ones too but nothing had been done by the Union government.

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