Interim Budget 2024: On Wednesday, February 1, Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the interim budget for 2024 in Parliament; it was also her sixth budget as Finance Minister. The honourable Finance Minister started his budget address by highlighting the government’s achievements in the last ten years.
After this, she also mentioned how India will develop under the guarantee issued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Apart from this, she also discussed many important points like the government breaking barriers for Nari Shakti, the contribution of NEP 2020 to the development of the country, and how India is emerging as a world leader in the new world order after the Corona epidemic.
Flight to women empowerment
The government has continuously made every possible effort to promote women’s empowerment, and the government has also brought new schemes for women every year. Figures supporting women’s power in the Finance Minister’s statement,
- 30 crore Mudra loan to women
- Nearly 70 per cent of the houses allotted to the PM in rural areas are in the name of women.
- Within the last ten years, there has been an increase of about 28 per cent in the registration of women in the field of higher education, which is the highest in the world.
Revolution in education
Steps taken by the government to improve education in the last nine years are following.
- Creation of 3000 new ITIs under the Skill India Mission, which has provided skills to 1.4 crore youth of the country and also upskilled 55 lakhs
- Creation of 7 IITs, 16 IIIT’s, 15 AIIMS, 7 IIMs and 390 new universities.
Electricity to every village and street
Reaching electricity to every household in India was one of the main objectives of the government, for which the government is making every possible effort,
- 300 units of free electricity per month under solar energy to 1 crore families
- Due to this, the saving is approximately Rs 15000 to 18000
Poverty free India
Eradicating poverty in India has always been the agenda of every Indian government; steps of the government to make India poverty-free
- Freed 25 crore people from multidimensional poverty
- Direct Benefit Transfer of Rs 34 Lakh Crore deposited directly into beneficiary accounts
- Through this, the government also saved Rs 2.7 lakh crore
Prosperity of Farmers
To build a developed India, the development of the farmer is most important; Sakar has played a decisive role in enriching the farmer by implementing PM Kisan Samman Nidhi.
- Financial assistance to 11.8 crore farmers
- Annual aid of Rs 6000 to farmers in 3 instalments
- Crop insurance to 4 crore farmers
Building a healthy and strong India
- Formation of a committee to build modern medical colleges in India
- Unveil the Ayushman Bharat Scheme and make every ASHA worker in India its beneficiary.
- Cervical cancer vaccine for girls aged 9 to 14 years
Every Indian gets their dream home
Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, houses were given to 3 crore families in rural areas; taking this scheme forward, the government is constructing two crore more houses. The government will also implement a new scheme for the middle class to buy and build homes.
Journey of becoming a world leader
The coronavirus pandemic changed the environment of the entire world and created a new world order, which also redefined the concept of globalisation. When the whole world was troubled by the global pandemic, the developed countries were only engaged in protecting themselves. India played the role of Vishwaguru by implementing Vasudev Kutumbakam’s policy and helping every country that needed help, whether it was free vaccines or food grains.
While presiding over the G20, India proved that the twenty-first century is India’s century by building new economic corridors and including the African Union in the G20.