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Nirmala Sitharaman will reply to Budget debate in Parliament

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's budget has been debated since it came out earlier this month. She plans to respond to her critics, at the Parliament.

Updated: Jul 10, 2019, 02.41 PM IST
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, with the bahikhata that contains the Union Budget for 2019-20
NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will, on Wednesday, reply to the debate on the Union Budget which she presented to Parliament on July 5.

The Budget, which aims to make India a USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years, has faced criticism from various quarters including the Opposition.

Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury have called the Budget disappointing. "There is nothing new, it is a repetition of old promises. They are talking about new India but the Budget is the same old wine in a new bottle. There is no plan for employment generation, no new initiatives," Chowdhury said.

Tharoor had expressed unhappiness over the government's decision to hike fuel prices.

"We are already paying the highest petrol rates in the world and they now want us to pay Rs 2 more for every litre. This will affect the 'aam aadmi' (common man) as prices of all items of consumption will become expensive with the rise in petrol price," Tharoor said.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had described the Budget as "anti-people, anti-youth, anti-poor and farmers".

"Modi ji's new government is against people, youth, poor and farmers. The Finance Minister not even once mentioned about the plight of farmers. She did not mention as to how the income of farmers will be doubled or how employment will be generated?" Surjewala said.

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