Punjab Budget on March 10
It will be for the first time that AAP will be presenting its full fledged Budget.
It is time for various State Governments to present their Budgets for the next fiscal year. While Haryana Assembly is already in session, the Punjab Government has also decided to convene its Budget session early next month by announcing March 10 as the date for the presentation of the Budget for the year 2023-24 on the floor of the State Assembly.
It will be for the first time that AAP will be presenting its full fledged Budget. Though it came to power in March last year, it had little time to prepare and present a full fledged budget. As such it had to get a vote on an account passed in March before coming out with its Budgetary proposals later.
Finance Minister Harpal Cheema has a challenging time in presenting a Budget that can meet strong criticism from not only a weak opposition but strong public aspirations and expectations. Many of the promises the ruling party had made on the eve of the State Assembly elections in 2022 are expected to get their due in the March 10 speech of Harpal Cheema. One of the foremost of these promises is monthly financial assistance to all eligible women of the State.
Though the AAP government has honoured some of its commitments, including “zero electricity bill”, it is still grappling with a plethora of problems facing the State. In its fight against the sand and gravel mafia, it has achieved some success in supplying these essential building raw materials at controlled prices in some parts of the State. But the task is still far from the dome.