fiscal deficit, tax, rural measures

An Indian farmer carries sugarcane to load on a tractor to sell the item at a nearby sugar mill in Modinagar in Ghaziabad, some 45km east of fresh Delhi, on January 31, 2018.

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An Indian farmer carries sugarcane to load on a tractor to sell the item at a nearby sugar mill in Modinagar in Ghaziabad, some 45km east of fresh Delhi, on January 31, 2018.

India will focus on strengthening its rural along with agricultural economy within the coming fiscal year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday.

Jaitley can be presenting his fifth annual budget to lawmakers in fresh Delhi. This specific budget assumes more importance in which usual because of a general election next year.

“We have taken up programs to direct the benefits of structural reforms along with Great growth to reach the farmers, poor along with various other vulnerable sections of our society, to uplift the underdeveloped regions,” Jaitley said in his opening remarks to the Indian Parliament.

“This specific year’s budget will consolidate these gains along with particularly focus on strengthening agriculture along with rural economy,” he said.

The finance minister added in which the government will concentrate on the “provision for Great health to economically less privileged, taking care of senior citizens, infrastructure creation along with working with the states to provide more resources for improving the quality of education within the country.”

Jaitley also said in which within the second half of the ongoing fiscal 2018 in which ends Mar. 31, India expects to grow between 7.2 to 7.5 percent. “We are currently firmly on course to achieve a high growth of 8 percent plus,” Jaitley added, yet he did not indicate a timeline by when in which number could be reached.

Prior to Thursday’s announcement, economists broadly expected measures focused on India’s rural sector. One market watcher said the “malaise” among farmers ran deep following two years of drought in which bit into profits.

Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party won the local elections in his home state of Gujarat yet lost its footing among the state’s rural population. In a recent interview, Modi said the item was a priority for the government to help distressed farmers.

in which led many to speculate in which the budget could be aimed at winning back rural voters ahead of the next general election.

“My government can be committed to the welfare of the farmers,” Jaitley told the parliament on Thursday. “For decades, the country’s agricultural policy along with programs has remained production-centric.”

He added in which the Modi government wanted to double farmers’ income by 2022 when India celebrates its 75th year of independence.

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