Budget session begins in India, focus on inclusive growth

The crucial budget session of the Indian parliament began on February 23 with President Pranab Mukherjee stressing on the government’s unflinching commitment to inclusive growth, protecting the interest of the poor and tackling pressing national challenges like terrorism, black money and corruption.

“The fundamental tenet of my Government is Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas– All Together, Development of All. Within a span of nine months, my government has articulated and embarked on a comprehensive strategy for unleashing the full potential of our country and its precious resource of 125 crore people,” Mr Mukherjee said in his address to the joint session of Indian parliament.

Alluding to a host of pioneering initiatives taken by the BJP-led NDA government to stimulate national resurgence and economic rejuvenation, the president said: “A strong beginning has been made. A promising future awaits us.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his part, reached out to the opposition and hoped that the budget session will be an opportunity to work together and produce constructive outcomes for the nation.

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