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The focus on smart cities was satisfying: Firdose Vandrevala

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Firdose Vandrevala

While waiting for the finance minister (FM) to start his speech, I kept reminding myself not to expect too much. My only expectation was it should not be a kacha (please-all) It is not supposed to be a single pill for all our problems.

The addressed all sectors, sections and regions. Like the thali (platter), no one item dominated and different tastes were there.


The six most satisfying parts are: One, the thrust on creating The developed world has an of more than 50 per cent, China is at 50 per cent and India at 33 per cent. Gross domestic product growth is closely related to urbanisation, so would sustain India's growth. Two, the financial inclusion of all households in the banking system. Three, the focus on developing Four, linking the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Scheme to asset-creation. Five, the focus on rural areas, Jammu & Kashmir and the Northeast. Six, not forgetting our armed forces. Let us not question if this is the right Instead, let us act to make the right.

Firdose Vandrevala
Executive Vice-Chairman, Essar Steel India

First Published: Fri, July 11 2014. 00:11 IST
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