Open to tweaking inside & outside of Budget for growth

New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said that she is open to more tweaking inside and outside the Budget for economic growth based on the feedback given by economists and experts.

“If more has to be done beyond the Budget 2020, we are willing to do that. I am open to take steps beyond it. We are open to hearing from all of you so that as and when tweakings have to happen or more has to be done beyond the Budget, we are willing to do that, the Finance Minister said in a panel discussion.

Participating in an interactive session on ‘Budget & Beyond’, organised by the NITI Aayog, the Finance Minister said that the immediate feedback to the Budget has been motivating, as it has had a “positive impact” on the currency, bond and equity markets. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said, “In order to take India to a high trajectory growth rate, we will discuss on forward-looking measures regarding the Budget and Beyond.”

Livelihood of 80 mn households at stake with PM’s dairy push

The Narendra Modi government is wooing US President Donald Trump with offers of duty concessions on dairy products and chicken to seal a trade deal with the United States during the upcoming visit of Trump and his entourage. India, the world’s largest milk producer, has no need to import milk or other dairy products, and has traditionally restricted such imports to protect the livelihoods of 80 million rural households involved in the industry. But the Trump administration is challenging all hurdles to US exports across the world, more importantly to nations that nurture a trade surplus with America and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to pull all stops to make the 24-25 February visit pleasant for the US President.