Budget Session 2024: Key highlights of interim budget

Indian economy witnessed profound positive transformation in last 10 years, said Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her sixth straight Budget ahead of the Parliamentary elections. She said that the people of India are looking ahead to the future with hope and options. Structural reforms, pro-people programmes & employment opportunities helped the economy get new vigour, she said. 

Sitharaman in her pre-election budget, which is an interim Budget, sought Parilament`s nod for a grant in advance to meet the expenditure for the first four months of the new fiscal year ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. After the new government comes into power, they will present the full budget.

“When we assumed office in 2014, the country was facing enormous challenges. With `Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas` as its mantra, the government overcame those challenges,” she added. 

Govt focusing on addressing systematic inequalities: NS

Sitharaman said that minimum support prices for `Annadata` (farmers) have been increased periodically & appropriately. She said that social justice is an effective and necessary model for the government. “The government focussing on addressing systemic inequalities,” she said and added, “We focus on outcomes and not outlays.”
Poor, women, youth and farmers are four castes for the government, she added

Empowerment of Women

Empowerment of Women through entrepreneurship, ease of living and dignity has gained momentum in the last 10 years; 30 crore MUDRA Yojana loans have been given to women entrepreneurs. Female enrollment in higher education has gone up by 28 per cent in 10 years In STEM courses, girls and women constitute 43 per cent of enrollment, one of the highest in the world. All these are reflected in the increasing participation of women in the workforce, said the Finance Minister.

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