Majority of Assam’s public not satisfied with the Assam Budget 2019-20: G Plus Poll

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Majority of Assam’s public not satisfied with the Assam Budget 2019-20: G Plus Poll

Harshita Himatsingka | February 09, 2019 13:46 hrs

#POLL | Are you satisfied with the Assam Budget 2019? 

Yes: 44%

No: 56%

2,200 Votes

State finance minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma had presented the Assam State Budget 2019-20 on February 6. He said that the thrust of the budget will be focused on people belonging to the lower-middle class and the middle-class groups of the society.

A total of 18 schemes were finalized for the budget, of which 5 are being retained from previous years, 5 are expanded versions of existing schemes and 8 are new schemes. Sarma said that these 18 schemes were inspired from the 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Gita. He also added that these schemes are broadly focused on “areas of capital expenditure and social security and display the sustained political and financial commitment of our government.”

Some major schemes announced by the finance minister include the Affordable Nutrition & Nourishment Assistance (ANNA) scheme where rice will be provided at a further subsidized rate of 1 rupee per kg, financial assistance of Rs 50,000 will be given to students who have taken education loans or will choose to take it in the years to come, one tola gold, valued at Rs 38,000 will be provided to brides belonging to various communities of Assam where it is customary to provide gold at the time of the wedding under the ‘Arundhati’ scheme, widows will receive Rs 25,000 under the Indira Miri Universal Pension scheme which is part of the Immediate Family Assistance scheme. These are just a few among many other schemes. 

The poll conducted by G Plus had over 2,200 participants and opinions and comments started flowing in on all our social media channels. Of the total number of participants, 56% people said that they are not satisfied with the Assam Budget 2019-20, while 44% people said they are satisfied with the budget. 

The majority of participants (56%) are of the belief that this budget by Himanta Biswa Sarma and his party, BJP has only been made so that the results are favorable for them in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. People have said that they are targeting categories of people as investment for yielding more votes and that it is nothing more than an act by the party to be seen as favorable for the people and of the people. 

“It’s just lobbying the people of Assam for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls for getting support and winning the elections. Sour mango cannot sell again, Himanta Da,” said Minisat Brahma, a citizen of the state. 

Respondents who said that they are satisfied with the Assam Budget 2019-20 (44%) said that they are happy because at least the government has taken some effort to help the people of the state. Since most of the schemes are aimed at the development of lower middle class and middle class people, they are not complaining. 

“All cannot be satisfied, happy with the efforts taken,” commented Rane Gunavant Nathu. 


#POLL | Do you think the Assam budget will help the BJP strengthen its position in the upcoming Lok Sabha (2019) polls?

Yes: 56%

No: 44%

1,400 Votes

The Assam Budget will help the BJP strengthen its position in the upcoming Lok Sabha (2019) Polls: G Plus Poll 
The poll conducted by G Plus had over 1,400 participants and opinions and comments started flowing in on all our social media channels. Of the total number of participants, 56% people agreed that the Assam Budget 2019-20 will help the BJP strengthen its position in the upcoming Lok Sabha Polls, while 44% people disagreed with this statement. 

The majority ofparticipants (56%) are of the belief that the schemes presented in the budget are nothing short of a political gimmick to win favors and votes from the innocent and gullible public of the state. 

“Assam budget is another jumla. Don’t forget it’s the BJP Party, making jumlas aren’t a big deal for them,” commented Hasne Alam, claiming that the BJP is all talk and no action. 

The respondents who disagreed with the statement and said that the Assam Budget 2019-20 will not help the BJP strengthen its position in the upcoming Lok Sabha (2019) polls genuinely believe in the budget and think that it will make a difference in people’s lives and help them in a positive manner. 

“Best budget so far. BJP=Development= No corruption=Welfare of the poor,” claimed Biru Biswas. 

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