Sitharaman, in her pre-election Budget, which is technically a vote on account and popularly termed an interim Budget, said minimum support prices for ‘Annadata’ (farmers) have been increased periodically and appropriately.
The FM asserted that for the government, social justice is an effective and necessary model.
“The government is focussing on addressing systemic inequalities adding that the emphasis is on outcomes so that socio-economic transformation is achieved,” she added.
“We focus on outcomes and not outlays,” Sitharaman said. “Poor, women, youth and farmers are four castes for the government,” the finance minister said.
The interim budget, presented amidst the backdrop of impending elections, sets the stage for a vigorous debate on the nation’s economic direction and priorities in the coming months.
Indian economy witnessed positive transformation in last 10 years: FM
The Indian economy has witnessed a profound positive transformation in the last 10 years, Sitharaman said.
Sitharaman said people of India are looking ahead to the future with hope and options. She further said the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi covered all aspects of inclusivity.
“Structural reforms, pro-people programmes and employment opportunities helped the economy get new vigour,” the finance minister said.
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