Women in Ahemdabad welcome budget proposals

February 29th, 2008 - 6:37 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of P. Chidambaram

Ahmedabad, Feb 29 (IANS) Working women and housewives in Ahmedabad welcomed the union budget Finance Minister P. Chidambaram presented Friday, but said it lacked any measures to control the price rise. Sushma Desai, resident of Navrangpura who with her friends watched the live telecast of the finance minister’s budget speech, said: “We expected the government to hike the price of cooking gas. We are happy that it did not happen.”

Sulakshana Sheth, working with an educational institute, welcomed the raising of the income tax exemption limit for women from Rs.145,000 to Rs.180,000 but felt that it could have been raised up to Rs.200,000.

Sujatha Iyer, working in a pharmaceutical firm here, said the hike in the exemption limit would have no impact and that there was nothing in the budget to bring down rising prices. “The price-rise is hurting every day,” she said.

Many welcomed the possibility of the prices of two- and three-wheelers and small cars coming down with reduction in the excise duty, but felt that what could deter new buyers is the possibility of fuel prices going up.

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