Union Minister for Women and Child development, and for textiles Smriti Irani has lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for the Union Budget presented in the Lok Sabha on July 5.
Amethi MP Smriti Irani, who had defeated former Congress President Rahul Gandhi in the recent 2019 Lok Sabha elections, took to Twitter to express her hearty congratulations to the duo while applauding many aspects of the budget by calling it a progressive, pragmatic and inclusive budget which not only fulfills aspirations of the common man but also strives towards strengthening the Indian economy.
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In a second Tweet, she further extols the budget for its effort to work towards the empowerment of Women through the introduction of various schemes. She writes "#BudgetForNewIndia proposes measures to encourage and facilitate the role of women in India’s growth story"
The Former Defence Minister, while presenting her maiden Budget, had proposed to expand Women SHG (Self-help group) interest subvention program proposed to all districts. She also emphasised on the availailbility of an Overdraft of Rs. 5,000 to every verified women SHG member having a Jan Dhan Bank Account and that one woman per SHG will be eligible for a loan up to Rs. 1 lakh under the MUDRA Scheme.
The 2019 Union Budget also promised a shift in approach from women-centric-policy making to women-led initiatives and movements and the formation of a Committee proposed by the Government and private stakeholders for moving towards Gender budgeting.
From connectivity to women's role in the economy to boosting of startups, the Union Budget for Modi 2.0 presented the Government's 360-degree view.