Union Budget 2019: Presenting her first Union Budget for Modi Government 2.0, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman set tone for the government’s pro-reform roadmap. In what can be called a green budget, Sitharaman announced several steps to boost environment-friendly practices. Sitharaman Friday announced a slew of steps to scale up India's infrastructure including augmenting 1,25,000 km of rural roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana at a cost of Rs 80,250 crore and and creating a national highways grid. Tabling the Modi 2.0 government's maiden budget in Parliament, Sitharaman said that steps were taken to boost infrastructure in sectors like roads, waterways, metro and rail. She also emphasised on the measures for a self-reliant aviation industry.
"We need to invest in infra, digital economy and job creation in small and medium enterprises...Schemes such as Bharatmala, Sagarmala and Udaan are bridging rural urban divide and improving our transport infrastructure," Sitharaman said presenting the full Budget for 2019-20. In the second phase of Bharatmala project, states will be helped to develop roadways, she said.