After Rail Budget on 25th February 2011, Union budget was also presented today by Union Finance minister. Incidentally, this year both finance minister and Railway Minister are from West Bengal and of Bengali origin. Union Railway budget had offered few announcements about connecting Manipur as well as few trains.
The new trains announced connecting North Eastern towns are aimed at carrying Indian defence forces as well as outsiders than local population in North East India. For example, Railway Minister had started one train from Guwahati to Dimapur and a train from Guwahati to Jaipur. There are already daily trains running between Guwahati and Dimpaur while except Marwaris living in North East India, not many North Easterner travel to Jaipur.
There have been no announcement on any gauge conversion for Rangiya-Murkongselek railway track or about the much needed Bogibil railway bridge.
But the provision of a trans-Asian railway network and a railway link between India and Bangladesh are two welcome steps which may benefit North Eastern region.
In the general Union budget presented by Pranab Mukherjee, Rs.93.48 crore has been earmarked for development of airports in the northeastern states.
There has been allocation of Rs. 8000 crore for social sector in North East India.
So, there is nothing exciting for North East India in both the budgets. Due to coming Assembly election in Assam, it was expected that some major announcements would be made by Congress ruled Union government.