New Delhi: Lauding the Union budget, 2017-18, presented a year ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described it as “farmer friendly, common man-friendly, business environment-friendly and development-friendly”.
“I congratulate the Finance Minister and his team for presenting a Budget that will help strengthen the government’s vision for a ‘New India,’” Modi said.
He said this budget is all-encompassing as it adds to both “ease of living” and “ease of doing business”.
“This budget has devoted attention to all sectors, ranging from agriculture to infrastructure, and will accelerate economic growth.”
The PM said the Finance Ministry’s decision to raise the minimum support price for a majority of crops to 1.5 times the production cost would help the farmers “tremendously.”
Highlighting some of the key announcements by Jaitley, Modi said: “From food processing to fiber optics, roads to shipping, youth to senior citizen, rural India to Ayushmaan Bharat, Digital India to Start Up India, this Budget strengthens the hopes and aspirations of crores of Indians.”
“Farmers, Dalits and tribal communities will all gain from the Budget, which will create new opportunities for rural India,” he added.