News Nation's 'Modi Budget 2.0' Sammelan has taken place in New Delhi, a day after India's first full-time woman Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Modi 2.0 government's Budget for the financial year 2019-20. Some of the key speakers at the conclave are - Minister of State (MoS) for Finance Anurag Thakur, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari among others. The top leaders from the Modi 2.0 Cabinet will be assembling at the our 'Modi Budget 2.0' Sammelan to discuss on a wide range of topics, including employment, farmers, education, health and small-scale industries among other ongoing issues concerning the nation today.
Here are the LIVE Updates:
The session concludes.
Kumar said that the Union Budget is picture on a huge canvas without going into nitty-gritty. It should be seen as hallmark of new vision, says Kumar.
On population dividend, Kumar explained that women empowerment is the key to resolve the issue. He cited the southern states, where population growth has stabilised. He also rejected the idea of new policy for population control. He said that rather the focus should be on educating and nurturing women population.
We need to change our cropping patterns, says Rajiv Kumar.
Don’t take showers for daily bath, use bucket, don’t wash your cars, Kumar on ways to solve water crisis.
On so-called ‘tax terrorism’, Kumar says that such individuals should give honest feedback to government.
Offshore investment must be curbed, Niti Aayog will tackle this, says Kumar.
Taxation scrutiny has been made online, more efforts are being made for greater transparency, says Kumar.
On water crisis, Rajiv Kumar says that maximum water is used in irrigation. Crops that use minimum water should be encouraged, Kumar says.
Issues of all investors will be resolved, says Rajiv Kumar.
There are many sectors in which we can easily achieve double-digit growth, says Rajiv Kumar.
Talking to News Nation's Ajay Kumar, Niti Aayog vice-president Rajiv Kumar says the focus is on 8.4% growth.
Modi Budget 2.0: Panel discussion concludes.
Growth can only be delivered by building more hospitals and infrastructure: MK Venu
Infrastructure is expanding in country, this shows governments commitment towards development, says Sachin Chaturvedi.
There is a focus on entrepreneurship, start ups: Sachin Chaturvedi
PM Modi made paradigm shift in policies: Sachin Chaturvedi
For growth, leasing out land to industries needs to be made easy: NC Saxena
We delivered in last five years, we will continue the development work: Zafar Islam
Policy direction was changed this Budget promising growth for everyone, says Zafar Islam
GST needs intervention. Proper taxation needs to be in place: M K Venu
Macro economic stabilisition missing out this budget: M K Venu
Growth missing out in this Budget, says MK Venu
Modi 2.0 Budget was interesting: Sachin Chaturvedi
Macro economic stability must for development: Sachin Chaturvedi
There should be a disciplined growth, says Sachin Chaturvedi.
Women empowerment overlooked this budget, says N. C. Saxena
Total number of jobs have gone down. Section of society jobless, says N. C. Saxena
Argarian distress needs our immidiate attention: N. C. Saxena
Need to increase number of doctors and nurses in rural areas: N. C. Saxena
Rate of growth of bottom 50 per cent need to be looked into, says N. C. Saxena
Modi Budget 2.0: Session 2 with Anurag Thakur concludes.
People participation important in creating US dollar 5 trillion economy.
Talking about World Cup 2019, "Hope that India wins tournament. We have a balanced side."
Team India Budget for New India, says Anurag Thakur on Budget 2019.
We had very less time to prepare Budget: Thakur
Youth empowerment, argarian distress was main focus of Budget 2019.
India will be the fastest growing economy: Thakur
Ensuring that every house in India has water supply: Thakur
Rs 18,000 crore electricity bill reduced by PM Modi's government. We will continue the efforts, says Anurag Thakur
None corrupt will be spared. We have come up with strict laws: Thakur
Less than 3.5 crore people used to pay tax earlier. It is only because PM Modi's efforts that the tax payers have doubled: Anurag Thakur
Government proposed a 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the insurance intermediaries in the Union Budget 2019: Thakur
PM Modi's government never compromised on corruption: Thakur
Many corrupt bank officials languishing in jails, no one will be spared in this government: Anurag Thakur
Banks were allocated Rs 70,000 crore in the budget. This will result in stronger banks: Anurag Thakur
Government working at employment opportunities: Thakur
Unemployment has gone down. Government working with dedication: Anurag Thakur
Want to move away from colonialism, named the budghet Bahi Khata: Anurag Thakur
Stay tuned for next discussion in News Nation conclave on Modi Budget 2.0.
Conclave with Nitin Gadkari concludes.
Plastic waste management needs intervention. In counsultation with local adminstrations for building up segregation plants: Gadkari
There will be a massive development in next two years: Gadkari
There will be electric buses in next six months in Delhi: Gadkari
Mahindra and Tata have come up with some quality electric vehicles.
Never said there will be EVs in next 2 years. The process takes time. The government is working hard: Gadkari
There will be a clean Ganga before the end of March 2020: Gadkari
We have Rs 20,000 crore in store for Ganga cleaning. We are running multiple projects to ensure cleaning at the earliest: Nitin Gadkari
New projects will ensure employment: Gadkari
Planning to work on double decker bus with air hostess like conductors: Gadkari
Everyone should understand London Transport Model. It can help understand people what I am dreaming about: Gadkari
Electric automobiles will be choice of people soon, will cut their expenses: Gadkari
I am in touch with foreign companies for better roads: Gadkari
Green Highways necessary for curbing pollution menace: Gadkari
Working on electric Highway. There will be playgrounds, restaurants on road sides: Gadkari
Have started planting 1.25 crore plants in India: Nitin Gadkari on Green Highways.
Proper garbage dumping, recycling needed to curb Delhi pollution, says Nitin Gadkari. Have spoken to Delhi LG.
Road grid project has been initiated. There will be a massive connectivity soon: Gadkari
The government is committed to curb pollution. New highways will ensure that, says Nitin Gadkari
Making roads at an expense of Rs 50,000 crore in Delhi: Gadkari
In next five years there will be a massive development in India: Nitin Gadkari
Making roads that ensure less accidents: Gadkari in News Nation Conclave.
There are 6.5 lakh villages in India. We are prioritising our work. There will be a throughout connectivity soon: Nitin Gadkari
Working towards better roads in Mumbai: Gadkari
Public investment, Foreign investment necessary for development. Only government funds can't help: Nitin Gadkari.
Budget showed the development vision: Garkari
I have started 2-wheeler taxi system. Now motorbikes will work as taxis, says Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari.
Government's vision for development is very clear: Nitin Gadkari
News Nation conclave commences.
Gadkari, who is one of the major successes in the Modi 1.0 Cabinet between 2014 and 2019, has retained the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in the second term of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government as well.
The Union Minister is credited to increase the pace of road construction in the country from 2 km/day to 16.5 km/day in his first year and to 21 km/day in the second year and end of 2018 30 km/day.
During her marathon Budget speech at Parliament, Sitharaman on Friday said there will be a comprehensive restructuring of National Highways Programme to ensure creation of National Highways Grid of desirable capacity.
Conclave to begin shortly