In process of presenting the Interim Budget for the fiscal year 2019-20 on February 1, Union Minister Piyush Goyal listed the achievements of the Modi-led government and while doing so identified itself as a 'corrupt free government'
Like every year, during his address in the budget session, the Finance Minister is scheduled to announce an annual report on expenditure and revenue plans of the government for the next financial year.
He said, "We ran a corruption-free government"
Goyal claimed how the poor have the first claim to the resources of the country, and while doing so he acknowledged the Reservation Quota bill directed to eliminate poverty.
He said, "The poor have the first claim to India's resources. Sustaining the previous ST/SC reservations, the government has not reserved 10% for the poor in government education and jobs. We made sure that every person gets food grains and no one sleeps empty stomach."
"We have worked to bridge the urban-rural divide in the country. Many would agree, in the past, only empty promises have been made," he added.
He further announced how the Modi-led government has conducted 'transparent transactions' and ascertained to prosecute the fugitive economic offenders who fled the country.
He said, "It's a new era of graft-free regulation by bringing out Real Estate regulation Act and Benami Act. We conducted a transparent transaction of natural resources, like coal. The fugitive economic offenders' bill will prosecute economic offenders who have taken the money and never returned them and fled the country. Number of measures implemented to ensure clean banking, a resolution friendly mechanism has been instituted for the recovery of non-performing loans"
Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged all lawmakers to utilise Parliament's Budget Session for having constructive debates. Speaking outside Parliament before the start of the session, the prime minister said there is awareness among the people in the country and all citizens watch the proceedings closely.