Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union budget 2017-2018 in Lok Sabha on Wednesday, the fourth budget, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the budget reflects the commitment to eliminate corruption and black money.
Claiming that the Finance Minister has presented an uttam, or excellent, budget, Modi said “In many ways this budget will facilitate the changes that our country is going through.”
This budget is “yet again devoted to the well-being of the villages, farmers”, and the “empowerment of women”, Modi said, referring to the fact that the Centre said last year’s budget had a similar focus.
“The aim is to double farmers’ income,” he said.
This Budget was the first one ever that included the railways’ budget as well.
“The merger of the Railway Budget with the General Budget will give an impetus to the transport sector’s growth. The establishment of the Rail Safety Fund is a huge, very important step to increase capital expenditure in rail infrastructure,” the PM said.
PM also appreciated that the housing and small business sectors “stand to gain immensely” with Budget 2017, the PM said.
Similarly, BJP Ministers also appreciates the budget.
Union Mininster Nitin Gadkari said that the no black money will be eradicated form the political parties. “Political parties mein kala dhan nahi aaega, imaandar log politics mein aaenge,” he said.
“It’ll bring our economy at no.1 position,it’s revolutionary change.This budget will bring transparency in politics,” he said.
BJP president Amit Shah said “This budget is women, poor-friendly budget, PM Modi has fulfilled his promise made in 2014 to bring in transpanecy in politics.”
However, Congress Vice president Rahul Gandhi said that the Union Budget lacked vision and was a damp squib.
“We were expecting fireworks, instead got a damp squib. The budget lacked vision. Any step to clean political funding will be supported by us. It was a budget of sher-o-shayari. There was nothing for the farmers and the youth,” Rahul said.
Congress MP Mapanna Mallikarjun Kharge said that the railways budget has lost its sheen as it merged with with General budget.
“Rail budget ko main budget mein merge karne se uski identity chali gai. Badi machhli chhoti macchli ko nigal gai,” he said.