What BJP wants in Budget: Not tax cut, but solutions



Sources said much has been done to ease the tax burden of the middle classes in the last five years, and that such a measure affects only a limited segment of people when the focus should be to put money in rural areas. Archis Mohan reports.



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Sitharaman kicks off Budget process with halwa ritual



The ‘halwa ceremony’ marks the beginning of the lockdown of several officials in the finance ministry, who remain cut off from their families until the presentation of the Budget by the finance minister in the Lok Sabha.



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Slowdown set to worsen, but Budget may help: CEO poll



Most CEOs say fear is the main reason for the slowdown and spending on the ground by retail consumers is worsening the economic crisis as evident in the falling auto and consumer products sales.



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Budget will play a role in reviving growth: Economists



Measures that quickly boost demand and increase employment are needed to push up growth. Moreover, without announcing new planss, the government should strengthen schemes such as PM KISAN, MNREGA and programmes to build rural roads.



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Modi to review ministries work in quest for turnaround



Starting today, Modi and top officials in the Prime Minister’s Office will be briefed by various central ministries and departments on their plans as well as agenda for the next five years. They will also apprise the PMO of the work they have done so far in realising the agenda of government’s second term in office.



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