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Watch video,pics Apart from Reload which also stars Jacqueline Fernandez Sidharth also has Ittefaq lined for the release this year and the actor is excited for both the projects as they have pushed him to try something which he has never done before “I have a lot to look forward to this year I have two releases lined up Both the films are different genres and something which I have not tried before “There is also the ‘Skill India’ campaign I am part of So I feel this year is a great combination of giving it back to the society the industry and entertain different categories of audience For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Brinda Karat | Updated: March 4 2016 12:19 am Finance minister Arun Jaitley Related News Gamlina Soren an elected panchayat member in Jharkhand sounded upset She had been told by a local BJP functionary that gas cylinders were going to be “gifted” to poor women by the Centre but that they must have a BPL card “But most poor Adivasi women here don’t have BPL cards” she said I told her that the cylinder was not free but would be sold at less than market rates “Is that a gift” she asked “At present the subsidised cylinder here costs more than Rs 600; we don’t have that kind of money to spend every month They should bring down the price if they want to really save us from the chulha smoke” Gamlina’s response is just one example of how distant this government is from the lives of the poor and how tokenistic its schemes are Budget speeches notoriously conceal more than they reveal This year political compulsions of forthcoming electoral battles forced the finance minister to adopt a camouflage technique which seems to have been quite successful going by the headlines: Pro-farmer pro-poor pro-women and even a left-of-centre budget A major claim is of a 128-per cent increase in allocations to the department of agriculture Several analysts have pointed out that Rs 15000 crore of the Rs 35000 crore allocated is actually just a shift from the earlier head under the finance ministry to the department of agriculture for subsidy for crop insurance The actual increase is around 25 per cent Why stoop to such deception The government has hit farmers hard by a Rs 2000 crore cut in fertiliser subsidy It has refused to address the major problem of high input costs and low MSPs On the contrary by emphasising the importance of APMC reforms it is signalling its commitment to handing over the agricultural market including procurement to the private sector This is not pro-farmer and is at variance with the interests of the majority of India’s farmers who have small landholdings The MGNREGA allocation of Rs 38500 crore is not the highest ever which was Rs 41000 crore in 2010-11 At a time when India’s rural poor were desperately looking for work this government starved the act of funds which led to an average of just 38 days of work created last year A “new system” restricts advanced fund transfers to the states The lack of funds has converted a demand-driven programme to one based on “quotas” besides resulting in a huge backlog of wages The allocation is far below what is required The same is true for most social sector allocations which are either stagnant in real terms or have decreased as a proportion of the GDP There has been a savage cut of close to Rs 5000 crore in food subsidy at a time when food prices are high The ICDS has seen a cut of over Rs 1000 crore compared to the revised estimates There’s nothing pro-poor about compromising with malnutrition Look at the callous approach to Dalits and tribals Once again the guideline to make allocations to the SCs and STs equivalent to their proportion in the population were violated Instead of 25 per cent of total plan expenditure the allocation was just 11 per cent a shortfall of Rs 74000 crore to the SC special component plan and the tribal sub-plan A law is urgently required to make the allocation norms mandatory For the minorities the “sabka saath” slogan translates into stagnant allocations For women the gender budget remains at just 45 per cent or so of total expenditure The whole concept has been reduced to that of accounting with no transparency or monitoring as to whether the actual expenditures directly benefit women or how and where the money is spent The biggest example of this is the Nirbhaya fund for which there is no increase But there is no record even of what happened to the Rs 653 crore given to the road transport ministry for a women’s security scheme So casual is the approach that money from this fund was used to pay for India’s contribution to Unicef There is no increase for pensions for widows senior citizens and the disabled Instead of using the opportunity provided by a low current account deficit and availability of food stocks to increase capital expenditure and create jobs the government stuck to the neoliberal framework of fiscal fundamentalism As a proportion of the GDP capex has actually declined Nor have the benefits of low global oil prices been passed on to consumers The FM spoke of nine pillars The only pillar that determined the fate of this budget was not mentioned by him The pillar of corporate interests and India’s wealthy The budget papers reveal that in the last year the revenue foregone in tax concessions was a high of Rs 611 lakh crore an increase of 7 per cent Of this corporate tax concessions amounted to Rs 68711 crore Taken together with concessions on income tax the generosity to the top 1 per cent amounted to Rs 128 lakh crore But this is not all Undisputed tax arrears (as opposed to those under litigation) add up to Rs 56 lakh crore of which half is owed by corporates The arrears mount up year after year but governments don’t act The UPA did not Nor is it different with the Modi government In fact as far as black money is concerned far from bringing it back the Modi government is actually promising the guilty yet another amnesty In contrast the main thrust for revenue mobilisation has been on indirect taxes including a new cess introduced in the name of the kisan of 05 per cent on all services which common people including kisans will have to pay In further contrast is the attack on the savings of the working people through the proposal of levying a tax on 60 per cent of the amount withdrawn from the employees provident fund The outrage and protest against this has now led to the government issuing contradictory explanations Think of how much could have been done with the money the government refused to collect from the rich Think of women like Gamlina think of Rohith Vemula and the consequences of such policies The writer is a member of the CPM politburo For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: January 6 2017 12:50 pm Jennifer Lawrence says she came to admire Chris Pratt’s amazing attitude while working with him on sci-fi drama Passengers 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