He said special attention has been paid to agriculture, village infrastructure, healthcare and employment generation besides entrepreneurship aspirations of Dalits and Tribals..

"I want to assure the countrymen that this Budget is close to your dreams. To fulfill your dreams, this government has presented its commitment along with programmes," he said.

"The biggest focus of this Budget is village, poor, farmer, women and youth. "To bring a qualitative change in their lives, several schemes have been kept in the Budget," the Prime Minister cited.

He said the Budget has laid a roadmap to alleviate poverty in a time-bound manner. "Several steps have been taken for the farmers. The most important is Pradhan Mantri Krishi Yojana," he said.

Noting that electricity and roads are crucial for villages, the Prime Minister said by 2019, all villages of the country will be connected by roads, while all of them will be electrified by 2018.

"This will give new energy to rural economy, new impetus and bring about a big change in the  common man's life," he said, adding the biggest ever allocation has been made for rural job guarantee scheme MNREGA.

Talking about housing, PM Modi said every poor man dreams of owning a house and efforts will be made to strengthen this sector to ensure that the poor people realise their dreams.

At the same time, exemptions have been given to those living in rented accommodations, he noted. Referring to the problems faced by the poor, he said "there has been a lot of politics over the poor".

Pointing to the use of 'chulha' (earthen stoves and firewood for cooking) by the poor, he said poor families use these which adversely affects the health of the women as well as their children.

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