Jaitley had last year taken an unprecedented break during his budget speech due to back pain and had continued reading it after a brief adjournment of the house. The 62-year-old politician is known to suffer from recurring backaches.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan Saturday asked Jaitley in between his speech if he needed to sit. Jaitley said he will sit down when needed and conveyed his gratitude to her.Jaitley sat down about half an hour after beginning his speech.

India's gross domestic product (GDP) in the fiscal year 2015/16 is expected to grow between 8 and 8.5 percent, the Finance Minister said in his presentation to Parliament.

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