New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told Rajya Sabha on Friday that the Union Budget 2021-22 was a step towards the Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Replying to the debate on the Union Budget, she said the poor, farmers, tribal, women and people from disadvantaged societies were in the centre of the welfare schemes under this Budget.
Responding to the three-day discussion in the Upper House on the Union Budget, Ms Sitharaman said that this Budget was entirely dedicated to strengthening the economy which emphasized economic reforms.
Noting that the economic reforms have been a continuous process, she further said that those reforms have been carried forward in this budget. The interests of a common man have been made focal points which will use honestly the tax payers’ money.
“With an aim to give a boost to the economy in the post-Corona pandemic, the government has announced several packages to achieve short, medium and long term goals, which are 13 percent of the total size of the Indian economy. This has given a boost to the economy and is poised to become the fastest growing economy in the world”, she added.
Rejecting the Opposition’s rhetoric ‘Budget of the rich’, Ms Sitharaman said that this was an aspirational budget of 130 crore Indians. “The process of economic reforms continued even during the Carona epidemic, which increased foreign direct investment. The government provided assistance to small industries which increased employment and helped people to earn a livelihood”, she added.
Recounting the steps taken by the Government during Covid 19 pandemic, the Finance Minister said that the Centre took decisions in view of the ground reality and requirements which yielded much relief to the people.
During this period, 80 million people were provided free food items and direct financial assistance to 40 crore people through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) directly to their accounts, incorporating middle and lower income group.