The 2023-24 budget offers no hope to the poor. This was stated by Elyas Thumbe, national general secretary, Social Democratic Party of India. The statement came after Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the 2023-24 national budget in the Parliament on February 1, 2023.

Thumbe said that the poor who have been hit by the pandemic and high inflation do not get full meals while the rich are getting richer. The budget offers no relief to the poor’s kitchen. It pleases the rich though, he said.

The zero tax slab of 0-3 lakh is an eyewish given the price increase of daily commodities. The full slab speaks for itself how citizens will be charged more.

The SDPI leader further said that the high sounding promise of technology-driven and knowledge-based economy lacks any ground work as students across the country are deprived of higher education with education becoming increasingly costly. While toys are made cheaper, it is ironical that books, pens and paper have become expensive.