Prime Minister Narendra Modi terms Union Budget 2018-19 as development-friendly


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today termed the Union Budget 2018-19 as farmer, common man and business environment-friendly as well as development-friendly.

In a televised address on Doordarshan News after budget presentation in Parliament, Mr. Modi said that it focuses on issues ranging from agriculture to Infrastructure.

He said, the budget covers aspects such as health plans to address the concerns of the poor and middle class. It has plans to increase the wealth of small entrepreneurs.

The Prime Minister said, the budget is expected to give a boost to hopes and aspirations of 125 crore people of the country.

It is expected to accelerate the development process of the country, Ease of Doing Business as well as Ease of Living.

Stating that medical treatment and its cost has always been a cause of concern for the lower middle class and poor sections of the society, he said, the new scheme ‘Ayushman Bharat’, will address this serious concern.

The Prime Minister said, the scheme will be available to nearly 10 crore poor and lower middle class families and under it, the families will get free treatment up to five lakh rupees per annum in the identified hospitals.
Mr. Modi said the Budget will fulfill the aspirations of people.

He stated that this budget has devoted attention to all sectors. He added the Budget will bring new opportunities for rural India and farmers, Dalits and tribal communities will gain a lot from it.

The Prime Minister congratulated Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the decision to give 1.5 times the cost incurred to farmers as MSP and expressed confidence that this will help farming community.