Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget for 2016-17 and reaffirmed that the economy is on the right track. The budget is aimed at strengthening India's firewalls by ensuring macroeconomic stability and prudent fiscal management; driving growth through domestic demand; and economic reforms and policy initiatives to change lives for the better. With measured focus on social sector reforms and recapitalising India's banking system, this Budget has an overarching focus on improving agriculture, and scaling infrastructure, all of which bode well for the country. The government is now planning to rationalise and channel subsidies to the poor by increasing the burden on the rich, and by increasing spending on public welfare through its own kitty.
Mr. Jaitley said the Union Budget is aimed at improving rural infrastructure and increasing rural income, as the biggest challenge to the economy is agrarian distress. Applauding the budget presented by the Finance Minister, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Budget is pro-village, pro-poor and pro–farmers, and is focused on bringing about qualitative changes in the country through a slew of time-bound programmes.
The attached note captures key highlights and summarises major announcements in the Budget.
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