Former United National Congress MP Vasant Bharath says he would like to see the Minister of Finance not treat the Budget in a cold hearted dispassionate way.
Commenting on the Budget Presentation carded for 1:30 this afternoon, Bharath told the Power Breakfast Show this morning whatever Colm Imbert says today will positively or negatively impact the lives of thousands of people.
He said he wants to see more than just the Government trying to balance the books.
If this happens he believes the Government would deal with many of the ills facing society.
He said most people are so far behind the curve with respect to their living situations, that any little ‘sweetener’ given in the budget will not greatly enhance the lives of many in the population.
He said for example if the Finance Minister raises the minimum wage to $20 how will it positively affect the public servant living on 2013 salaries, or the pensioner living on a fixed salary or the single mother struggling to take care of her children with while simultaneously dealing with high prices?
He also explained that it’s not about the amount of money thrown at the various sectors, but rather taking a detailed look at the various sectors and prioritising.