Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

The Union Minister also said that faceless and anonymous assessment system for income tax will be rolled out in phases this year. While PAN is used to ensure that every citizen pays their taxes, an Aadhaar Card is a unique identification (UID) number issued by the government.

This government firmly believes, particularly in the last decade, India's women's role is distinct. The recent election has shown record turnout of women voters at par with men. We have also a record number of 78 women MPs in the house. This reinforces our approach of going beyond just women-centric policy making to building women-led initiatives and movements

9.6 crore toilets have been constructed since October 2, 2014. More than 5.6 lakh villages have become open defecation free. We have to build on this success. I propose to expand the Swachh Bharat mission to undertake sustainable solid waste management in every village

Global FDI flow slipped by 13 per cent in 2018 to USD 1.3 trillion, from 1.5 in the previous year. However, India's FDI flows in 2018-19 remained strong at USD 54.2 billion, six per cent higher than last year

Currently, those with income of upto Rs 2.5 lakh are exempted from tax net. However, this limit may be raised to 3 lakh in the upcoming Budget. The proposed tax will put at least Rs 2,500 more money in the hands of taxpayers, thereby giving an indirect impetus to the economy.

My own experience of two years while chairing the GST Council was that finance ministers of states, notwithstanding the political position their parties take, have displayed a high level of statesmanship and acted with maturity. The council worked on the principle of consensus. This has added to the credibility of the decision-making process. I am sure this trend will continue in future