Budget a step towards modern, self-reliant India: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday lauded the Union Budget 2022-23 as a step towards a modern, self-reliant India with its focus on providing basic amenities to the poor, middle class, and youth.

Addressing BJP workers at ‘Aatmanirbhar Arthvyavastha’ event, Modi stated that post-pandemic, the possibility of new world order is emerging and the initial indicators of it are already visible. “People, globally, want to see an empowered and strong India. It is imperative for us that we take our country forward at a rapid pace and strengthen it across several sectors,” he said.

Modi said the Budget proposes to make a four-fold increase in public investments as compared to those in the UPA regime and that the measure will open up immense opportunities.

 “In the last seven years, the decisions taken are continuously enlarging the Indian economy,” Modi said. He added, “Seven-eight years ago, India’s GDP was Rs1.10 lakh crore. Today, our GDP is nearly Rs2.3 lakh crore. Even the country’s forex reserves have increased to $630 billion from $200 billion. All of this is due to our government’s effective policies.”

Highlighting the various aspects of the Budget, the Prime Minister said it has provisions to develop ‘vibrant villages’ on the border. “Migration from border villages is not good for national security,” he said, adding that the vibrant village program will benefit border villages in Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, and Ladakh. The government will impart National Cadet Corps training to youth in border villages and will help them join the armed forces, he added.

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