In an exclusive interview with India news, Union Minister of sports, Youth Affairs and Minister of Information and Broadcasting talked about the Union Budget 2023. Here is what he has to say:
TDG NETWORK: The opposition is not approving the Union Budget 2023. Former FM P Chidambaram termed the budget as insensitive. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge termed FM’s budget speech as an election speech. What is your take on this?
Anurag Thakur: Congress’ former FM is saying something while the national head of Congress is saying something else. Congress is a confused party. It is failing at deciding what to say. This budget is the budget for making India a developed country. This budget is for taking India from ‘Amrit Kaal’ to ‘Swarnim Kaal’. This budget is for women, labourers, farmers and youth. This is a far-sighted and transparent budget.
TDG NETWORK: Shashi Tharoor, who is considered an expert, has said that the budget didn’t include unemployment and inflation.
Anurag Thakur: Talking about inflation, I will say that if we see the global markets from Europe to Japan to Pakistan, the inflation has increased many folds; whereas in India, it has decreased continuously. The Congress government didn’t face any pandemic; even then the inflation was at 12%. The BJP government has faced severe pandemics but still, the inflation rate is less than 5.5%.
TDG NETWORK: As the budget is revealed, now what will be the main focus of the government?
Anurag Thakur: The first point is how to implement the budget. The budget which used to be announced in March, our government has started announcing it a month prior in February. This has made the implementation of the budget simpler. We can see its impact across the nation.