‘Lots of Aims, No Allocations’: Twitterati Dissect Budget 2019
And of course, there were memes.
Angel tax, import duty, income tax, Aadhaar and PAN card, were a few of the highlights Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the budget for 2019-2020 on Friday, 5 July.
Twitter users soon took to the micro blogging site with their reactions. While some were of the opinion that the Budget was vague, others pointed out what issues should have been addressed and how the middle class was left scratching their heads trying to figure out what the Budget meant for them.
Economist Rupa Subramanya said the problem of “economic slump” wasn’t addressed enough in the Budget.
One Twitter user said there was “nothing about crop price realisations, nothing about agrichain investments, rural jobs and health”.
“Lots of aims, no allocations,” said journalist Mihir Sharma.
Another Twitter user criticised the minister for not being able to pass 33 percent reservation for women.
"Lot of unanswered questions about suitable infrastructure,” said another Twitter user.
Another Twitter user was disappointed as there is “no relief for tax payers in general”.
One Twitter user alleged that the Budget presentation is “less of a financial exercise and more of BJP propaganda”.
Twitter users were left wondering why there was no mention of unemployment, one of the biggest issues the country is facing.
Journalist Srivatsa said nothing major or radical was done to revive growth and create jobs.
Journalist Siddharth Singh said one of the craziest steps this year was the 5 percent customs duty on imported books. “Books are not an industrial item that levying an import duty will encourage domestic production,” he tweeted.
“A budget speech that has very less numbers,” said one Twitter user.
And then there were the memes...
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