At the core are ideas of corruption-free, policy-driven good governance, clean and sound financial sector
GN Bureau | February 1, 2020
“Our prime minister has laid before us ‘Ease of Living’ as a goal to be achieved on behalf of all citizens,” said minister for finance Nirmala Sitharaman while presenting the union budget 2020-21 in parliament Saturday. With this backdrop, our government shall work towards taking the country forward so that we can leapfrog to the next level of health, prosperity and wellbeing,” she added.
This budget, with the central tenet of Ease of Living for all citizens, is woven around three prominent themes:
* Aspirational India in which all sections of the society seek better standards of living, with access to health, education and better jobs. Its components are Agriculture Irrigation and Rural development; Wellness, Water & Sanitation; and Education & Skills.
* Economic development for all, indicated in the P’s exhortation of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas”. This would entail pervasive economic reforms and yielding more space for the private sector to ensure higher productivity and greater efficiency. Three components of which are Industry, Commerce and Investment; Infrastructure; and the New Economy.
* A Caring Society, based on Antyodaya, which is both humane and compassionate. Three components of which are Women & Child, Social Welfare; Culture and Tourism and Environment & Climate Change.
These three broad themes are held together by corruption-free, policy-driven good governance and a clean and sound financial sector. The finance minister also said that this budget was being presented against the backdrop of two cross-cutting developments; namely, proliferation of technologies like Machine Learning, Robotics, AI, Analytics, Bio-Informatics; and the highest ever cohort of productive age population (15-65 years). Consequently, the digital revolution has placed India in a unique leadership position globally. The government aims to:
* Achieve seamless delivery of services through Digital governance
* Improve physical quality of life through National Infrastructure Pipeline
* Mitigate Risks through Disaster Resilience
* Boost Social security through Pension and Insurance penetration.
The FM also said that the budget reflects the government’s firm commitment to substantially boost investment in agriculture, infrastructure, social sector, education and health. This is substantiated by increase in expenditure of Rs 3,43,678 crores over Revised Estimates (2019-20) while keeping the fiscal deficit at 3.8% of GDP, she added.
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