Chennai, Apr 5 : CPI today asked the Centre why it was not publishing the names of corporates who have Rs 2.60 crores lying in their bank accounts as non-performing assets (NPA).
"Blackmoney promise was given. But nothing has been done so far. But, there is a larger question of NPA of Rs 2.60 lakh crore. Who has taken the money. Why Government is not publishing their names", CPI National Secretary D Raja said during a discussion on Union Budget, organised by VIT University, here.
Terming the budget as a "failure" in many aspects, Raja said "this budget really protects the interest of Corporate houses. It does not protect the interest of young people. Time has come to discuss fiscal federalism comprehensively", he said.
CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury said the proposed land bill was not in the interests of the country and farmers.
BJP had supported the earlier Land Bill and Left parties also wanted to make some improvements in it. But, now the saffron party is coming with a new Land Bill. When Left parties wanted some clarification in the Bill, it was defeated in the Parliament, he said.
DMK Rajya Sabha MP 'Tiruchi' Siva flayed the Centre for not allocating sufficient funds to departments and said the budget has left the common man "disappointed".
"It is a big disappointment for the common man. In specific, for some of the departments like health, education, the allocation of funds has come down," he said.
Opposing the points putforth by the political leaders, BJP Tamil Nadu unit President Tamizhisai Sounderrajan said amid the discussion in parliament, a senior Opposition leader of the Congress party was missing, she said without naming Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.
On criticism that the budget was "pro-orporates and not pro-poor", she referred the Jan Dhan scheme and Swachh Bharat scheme introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"Is Jan Dhan scheme and Swachch Bharat schemes are for Corporates? five lakh toilets are to be built. Is this for Corporates? I am totally denying the point raised here", she said.