During the ongoing discussion of the Appropriation Bills in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, the Opposition criticised the Centre, accusing it of making “gross miscalculations of expenditure” in the Budget and asking whether there had been any “misplaced attention” when the money was distributed.
The Appropriation (No. 5) Bill-2022 and the Appropriation (No. 4) Bill-2022, which were submitted for consideration and return on Monday, December 19, by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, were intended to authorise the payment and appropriation of an additional Rs 3.25 lakh crore from the Consolidated Fund of India for the current fiscal year (2022-23).
“The first question that comes is how come there is so much planning inaccuracy,” Gujarati Congressman Amee Yajnik stated. When the funds were given, was there a lack of priorities or an improper focus? I would like to know from the honourable finance minister.
Whatever it is or maybe, Yajnik continued, “it clearly suggests a massive underestimation of spending.”
In order to address the worries of women affected by the Covid epidemic, she also called for gender budgeting. “Compared to men, it is now more difficult for women who have lost their careers to find new employment. The MGNREGA sector is also experiencing this, she claimed.
Yajnik demanded a “multi-fold” increase in funding for the fight against violence against women. “Due to Covid, women were forced into the home domains. Data indicates that women who were forced into domestic spheres experienced domestic abuse even if the Covid phase is now gone. They were unable to contact counselling centres, and there was no way they could receive assistance via the helpline numbers, she claimed.
Dola Sen, a TMC member, also called for increased funding for women in the budget. She emphasised the need for greater planning on agricultural spending while stating that one in every four MSMEs in West Bengal was run by women. When it comes to funding sustainable agriculture, she claimed that there wasn’t enough being done, even if it was urgently needed to combat the climate catastrophe.
The Bharat Rashtra Samithi’s K Keshava Rao suggested that this might be the result of a “lack of oversight in preparing the Budget.” However, he asserted that the Center’s “pulling back criticism of the revised” is the only reason the additional budget will be supported. “I indicated from the outset that I only welcomed this since you were relying more on the subsidies. Subsidy is retracting your own critique of the RWDI, according to Rao.
Manoj Jha of the RJD questioned the administration about its efforts to combat unemployment. According to Jha, “Mandir-masjid cannot be synonymous with employment.”
The CPI(MJohn )’s Brittas criticised the reduction in government spending. “If there is stagnation, then government spending and interest rates ought to have increased. This should have been this government’s two goals, yet they did the opposite. According to the most latest GDP figures, government consumption spending decreased by 4.4% in Quarter 2. Alarmingly, it has fallen by approximately 20% from its pre-Covid level, according to Brittas.