Based on Modi’s vision, Jaitley while presenting the budget sought to strike a proper balance between economic reforms and social interests.

In spite of not coming up with any revolutionary or path-breaking step, Jaitley has made it clear that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government will make all possible efforts to implement Modi’s agenda in a full-fledged manner.

The Uni0n Budget presented on Thursday not only bears an overwhelming influence of Modi but also gives a glimpse of direction of long-term development shown by Modi.

Especially, the urban middle class is hopefully looking at Modi and the government’s brand of politics is also focusing on gaining the support of rural and backward section.

While on one hand, the industries got relief of sorts in the Budget, the common man also received a favourable tax exemption. At the same time, there is also a commitment to not compromise with the politics of development.

It’s from this very point of view, apart from initiating attempts to bring economic reforms, focus has extensively been laid on taking care of fundamental areas like electricity, water and road and farmers.

Apart from health and education, the government has also given priority on issues related to safety and security of women and their development.

In order to reduce the burden on big cities, tier-2 cities will be developed as smart cities and the Finance Minister has moved ahead along with this very vision of Modi in his maiden budget.

In the same way, the government has also started working on Modi’s ‘Rurban’ plan i.e., making facilities available in cities in villages as well. In this context, Jaitley has announced his plan of coming up with different feeders for villages based on the lines of Gujarat model.

Focus on developing unconventional power sources

Similarly, the government is also looking for avenues of generating power from unconventional sources in order to lessen dependency on the conventional sources.

The entire nation, which is grappling with the problem of power crisis, was provided the instance of Gujarat model and Modi was vouching for modernizing the sector and drawing electricity from no-traditional sources.

Now, the Finance Minister has allocated Rs 500 crore for installation of ultra mega solar power units in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir. Besides, the minister has also set aside an amount of Rs 400 crore for farming sector and pumping facilities.

Apart from that, the Finance Ministry has also allocated an amount of Rs 100 crore for setting up of solar park along the banks of lakes and the ministry has decided to give a direction to the concept of developing Green Energy Corridor in this fiscal.

In the same way, Modi’s vision of coming up with express highways, an account of the health of farms and water ways has also made Jaitley allocating funds to these programmes.

The government also did not show any misery in spending on upgrading infrastructures along borders of neighbouring nations including China and based on the announcement made by Modi during his trip to Bhutan, a Himalayan Study Center will be set up.

By organizing cross cultural programmes and sporting events, emphasis will also be given on strengthening relations between Himayalan states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh along with Northeastern states.  


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