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Budget 2018 – Opinion

By GovernanceToday
In Governance Watch
February 6, 2018

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

The New India Budget strengthens the hopes and aspirations of over 125 crore Indians, belonging to every section of the society. “The New India Budget is a farmer-friendly, common citizen friendly, business environment-friendly and development friendly. It goes beyond ‘Ease of Doing Business’ and focuses on ‘Ease of Living.”

He said to further ‘Ease of Living’ and to give a boost to development, the Budget accords utmost importance to the Next-Gen Infrastructure.

Amit Shah BJP Chief

It a pro-farmer budget. “This budget gives new wings to the aspirations of the poor, farmers and the middle class. The New India Budget will truly empower all sections of the society to attain prosperity.”

Ratul Puri, Chairman of Hindustan Powerprojects Pvt Ltd,

I think this is a completely different Budget. At some point, we have to develop rural India, and this Budget seems to be focused on it. Building rural India is certainly populist, but it is also the right thing to do.”

Naresh Trehan, Chairman and managing director of Medanta,

The Budget is “responsible” and “forward-looking”. He said, “it’s a very good Budget, addressing the needs of many people, especially the ones on the ground like the rural sector and healthcare, where 50 crore people have been brought under the safety net of healthcare.”

Gagan Rai, Managing Director & CEO, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited

This is a budget for the masses due to following reasons.

  1. 10 crore families will receive health insurance coverage.
  2. Thrust on education by teachers’ training on a mass scale.
  3. Agriculture has been encouraged and focus would be given to double farmer income by 2022.
  4. Allocation of 1 lakh crore rupees in promoting learning based outcomes and research sector will give a further boost to the education
  5. The Government has also announced various benefits for students and the education sector in India.

Shreekant Somany, chairman and managing director of Somany Ceramics,

There wasn’t anything about Budget 2018 that overshadowed the last four presented by the NDA. “This year’s Budget has been more or less the same as the past budgets, except we’ve heard more on the rural sector and the farmers,

Rahul Gandhi Congress president tweets – “4 years gone; still promising FARMERS a fair price. of but gone; FANCY SCHEMES, with NO matching budgets. 4 years gone; no JOBS for our YOUTH. Thankfully, only 1 more year to go.”

Nitish Kumar  Bihar Chief Minister

The Budget, saying it contained appreciable initiatives for the agriculture and health sectors. “I could not listen to the entire budget speech of but heard the parts relating to agriculture, health, and education. The Finance Minister deserves applause on these counts,”

Derek O’Brien Trinamool Congress’

Super-flop show, big bluff show; no mechanism to implement announcements.

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