nirmala sitharaman

Unless we give substantial incentive for renewable energy, particularly when it comes to the question of mobility...emissions from vehicles that use fossil fuel is main reason for suspended particles in air...So we wanted to make sure that if we have made a good commitment for improving air quality conditions we have to support electric vehicles

Union Budget 2019 meets the expectations and aspirations of the people of the country. This budget is for economic development and supports the farmers, youth, poor and other communities of the country

The GDP has not been mentioned at all, we don't have any real idea if they will match the figures given in the economic survey, last year's figures were not matched this year. I am not optimistic the figures will be matched. There is a gap between rhetoric and reality with this government

Transport and MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari said the promotion of electric vehicles and allied infrastructure is set to transform the economy and logistics sector. He termed it as one of the biggest steps to curb pollution and move towards sustainable development.

It is the maiden budget for Sitharaman. She is the second woman finance minister after Indira Gandhi to do so in the history of independent India. Indira Gandhi held the Finance portfolio while being the Prime Minister.

It was also the maiden budget for Sitharaman, who becomes the second woman finance minister after Indira Gandhi to do so in the history of independent India.

Concerted efforts have been made to boost education standards. Three institutes - two IITs and IISc (Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru) are in top 200. We will continue making concerted efforts

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.

Asserting that India will be made open-defecation free (ODF) on October 2, 2019, she said to mark this occasion, "Rashtriya Swachhta Kendra" will be inaugurated at "Raj Ghat, on 2nd October 2019