Finance Minister Piyush Goyal is presenting the NDA government’s last Budget. Coming just a few months ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Interim Budget is likely to focus majorly in the Agriculture, banking, real estate sectors and the Railways.
While addressing the all-party meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Thursday said that the government’s focus lies on finding solutions to problems of people. “The country expects from all of us to perform our duties as Parliamentarians in a positive manner and we must deliver to the expectations of the people,” he said.
The interim Budget, also known as a vote on account, will seek the Parliament’s nod for meeting the expenditure for the first six months of new fiscal 2019-20. A full-fledged Budget will be presented in Parliament once the new Central government is formed after the general elections, due in March-April.
Talking about Digital India, he said that the move will create job opportunity in the country. “To build a #DigitalIndia that reaches every citizen, our youth will lead us in this, by creating innumerable startups and jobs,” Piyush Goyal said.
Listing clean and renewable energy as another important focus area of the government, Goel said: “An India that drives electric vehicles, with renewables becoming major source of energy, will bring down import dependence and increasing energy security for our people.”
He mentioned expanding of rural industrialisation by using modern industrial technologies, based on Make in India approach, using grassroot MSMEs and startups across the country.
He listed cleaning of rivers in order to provide with safe drinking water to all Indians and sustaining and nourishing life using micro-irrigation techniques. He also said that long coastline can be pivotal for the economy, using strength of blue economy and Sagar Mala. “Oceans and coastlines is the sixth dimension of our vision for 2030,” Goyal said.
Highlighting that the government will have high focus on the outer space programmes, Goyal mentioned the Gaganyan project that aims to send Indian astronaut into space in an indigenously made space shuttle. “India is becoming launchpad of the world and placing an Indian astronaut in space by 2022 is a priority,” Goyal said.
He also listed self-sufficiency in food and improving agricultural productivity with emphasis on organic food as an important dimension and added that healthy India, with distress-free and comprehensive wellness system for all as the ninth dimension of government’s vision for 2030.
In the last he listed the concept of Minimum Government, Maximum Governance with proactive, responsible and friendly bureaucracy, electronic governance.