Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

In the longest Union Budget speech in history, Sitharaman talked about tax regime, finance, agriculture, irrigation, water, sanitation, healthcare, education, infrastructure, women, digital connectivity among others.

Ahead of Sitharaman’s assurance to bank employees, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the state of the economy was deeply worrying and insisted that last quarter’s GDP growth rate of 5% signals that the country is in the midst of a prolonged slowdown.