Nirmala Sitharaman’s Reply to Budget Discussion in Rajya Sabha

Nirmala Sitharaman asserts Union Budget 2021 will provide the required stimulus to the economy.  Claims it’s a sustainable solution and not just a band-aid fix while replying to the parliament’s Budget discussion.

Sitharaman’s Reply To Budget Discussion In Rajya Sabha

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman asserted that Union Budget 2021 is a long term solution. While replying to the budget discussion yesterday in Rajya Sabha, she said that the government quickly provided the Covid relief package. Further, she added that the government respects honest taxpayer, and hence it ensures that money is appropriately utilized. Highlighting the Food Corprations’s improvement in the balance sheet, she said that the government is transparent about spending money.

Addressing concerns over PM Kisan Samman Yojana, she said that more than ten crore families’ benefitted with 1.15 lakh crores. Countering the opposition’s allegations, she said that the government has created more than 1.76 crore houses under  PM Awas Yojana which will benefit the poor and not rich. Besides, the government has removed most ills from MNERGA by ensuring highest ever utilization of funds. Similarly, BJP’s Ashwini Vaishnaw responded to Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s remarks and hailed 2021 Budget as the most realistic budget.

Dinesh Trivedi of Trinamool Congress resigns

Dinesh Trivedi, All India Trinamool Congress MP, expressed his gratitude to the party. However, he said that he could not continue like this. “It feels unnatural for me to sit quietly when there is so much violence in my State and I feel suffocated,” said Trivedi.  With this, he submitted his resignation from Rajya Sabha.

Earlier, PM Modi hardened the government’s stance on three farm laws during his reply to the President’s address. He asserted that the government would not repeal them. However, it is open to negotiations over clauses that farmers believe won’t benefit them.

In all, BJP defended the Union Budget 2021 in budget discussion, claiming it pragmatic and suitable for economic recovery.

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