Shri L.K. Advani, MP
Comments on the Union Budget 2018-19
February 1, 2018
I heartily compliment Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley for making India proud – and also the Bharatiya Janata Party proud – by presenting a budget that combines ambition and empathy of almost an unprecedented order.
I cannot recall any Budget in the past that set such high goals, targets and commitments for the growth of all sectors of the economy and also for securing people’s welfare.
I especially commend the Government for its announcement to unveil the ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme, which aims at ensuring health protection through an insurance scheme covering nearly 50 crore Indians, providing them up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year. This is the world’s largest health insurance initiative. Until now, ‘Health for All’ was more or less a slogan. Now it will become a reality.
The Budget has many other innovative provisions that address the needs and concerns of farmers, small and medium enterprises, women, senior citizens and youth. I am especially happy to see the sharp focus on improving the quality and learning outcomes in the school education system.
These commitments cumulatively show that India has a government that cares for the poor and the needy, and is faithful to the philosophy of ‘Antyodaya’ that was propounded by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.
Simultaneously, the Budget also seeks to accelerate the rate of growth of the economy, so that India, which has already become the seventh largest economy in the world, rises higher to become the fifth largest within the next few years.
Overall, the Budget makes me happy to see that my party, the BJP, is pursuing economic growth with a human face. I am sure India is headed towards a brighter future.