“It is a budget for the common man. I also see it as a progressive growth budget. However, Goa as a State will not gain much from the budget; firstly the 20 per cent export duty on iron ore will directly affect the mining industry and the levy of service tax on hotels and fine-dining air-conditioned restaurants serving liquor will affect the tourism business,” said Nationalist Congress Party president Surendra Sirsat.
He said the budget has tried to address certain issues on agriculture and other social sectors and admitted that inflation has not been addressed.
“However, I personally think Goa lost out on special benefits that it did receive last year on account of 50 Years of Liberation but this year the Goa Government failed to lobby for more benefits for the state,” he said.