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Pandemic didn’t deter govt from taking up reforms for sustaining long-term growth: Sitharaman

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NEW DELHI: Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said that a challenging situation like Covid-19 pandemic didn’t deter the government from taking up reforms that are going to be necessary for sustaining long-term growth.
Sitharaman, while replying to the discussion on the Union Budget 2021-22 in Lok Sabha, stated that the Union Budget 2021-22 has set the pace for India to become ‘Atmanirbhar‘ (self-reliant).
“In the budget speech, I very clearly said, we’re taking a holistic approach to health. It’ addressing preventive health, it is addressing curative health, it is also addressing well-being. Otherwise, you are not going to get holistic health-related governance,” the finance minister added.
“This budget draws from the experience of the Prime Minister when he was Chief Minister – on the ground in Gujarat, seen so many revivals happening at a time when the license quota raj was going away post-1991 and then based on that experience, commitment to reform was blended into this Budget,” Sitharaman further mentioned.
She also slammed the opposition for “spreading a false narrative”. In response to the opposition’s crony capitalism remark, she said that “our cronies are the common janta (people) of this country.”
(With inputs from agencies)

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