Panaji: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said that the new Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will lay the foundation for a modern, self-reliant and strong India.
Speaking to reporters in Panaji, Fadnavis also said that the budget will put India on the global digital map with its strong initiatives in the digital currency sector and use of better technology for governance and popular gains.
Fadnavis, Goa’s in-charge for the February 14 assembly elections, said the objective of the budget is to make India a modern, self-reliant and strong country.
This is an inclusive budget and will take the country on the path of development. Most importantly, the budget is projected to grow by 9.2 per cent even after the pandemic, indicating that India could become the fastest growing economy. This is the proof of self-reliant and strong India.
The budget has given a boost to the digital ecosystem. India will formally issue its first digital currency.
Fadnavis said, trading done through cryptocurrencies will now be done with a digital rupee, which will eliminate underhand dealing. The concept of Digital University will help many people.
The senior BJP leader also said that the introduction of 5G technology will reduce the geographical location gap between Indian villages and cities.
The biggest advantage is that with this technology, the current 4G technology gap will be erased. The government would be able to provide healthcare to ensure that such facilities reach the last person. Most importantly, Digital Gateway will be available in cities as well as villages.
The former Chief Minister said, Rs 2.37 lakh crore has been earmarked for the agriculture sector. This is the largest allocation in history. The budget has set a record of purchasing 1 lakh metric tonnes of paddy. This budget is dedicated to farmers.
Farmers should get access to the market and get the right price without any middlemen. The budget has focused on increasing investment in agriculture start-ups and agriculture sector especially in irrigation, micro-irrigation, farm equipment.
Fadnavis also said that the budget has laid great emphasis on indigenous production of defense equipment manufacturing, which will result in employment generation and saving of valuable foreign exchange.
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