Union budget 2022: Nothing new for Northeast, says Ninong Ering

Arunachal, Feb 3: Former Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering said that there was nothing new in the union budget.

Ering, a Congress MLA from Pasighat- West LAC, observed that the union budget tabled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday “did not focus on the major problems of the northeastern region and it does not emphasize on the education sector.”

“The union government should pay special attention to states like Arunachal Pradesh and the serious unemployment problem, which in fact has not been done. Apart from Hollongi and Tripura airports, the budget did not include any major issues of the region,” he said.

The MLA, however, said that the taxpayers of the state might be delighted about the budget “as it has not forced them to pay additional taxes.”

Senior Congress leader and MLA Lombo Tayeng termed the union budget as ‘election centric’ and said that it is nothing but mere eyewash of the BJP led Central government to hide its failures.

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Tabi Mize, an organizer of the farmers association in Siang district, said that the budget has no focus on the agriculture and allied sectors.

He said, “The State has rich potential for agriculture, horticulture and allied activities, which are yet to be harnessed. But, the union budget has no concern to boost the agri-horti sectors of Arunachal and other Northeastern states.”

The business communities of historical Pasighat town in East Siang district have also expressed their dismay over the union budget.