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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said that the ongoing Covid pandemic did not deter the Central government from taking measures for reforms that are necessary for sustaining long term growth for this country.
"I would like to highlight - stimulus plus reforms. The pandemic did not deter us from taking up reforms that would sustain long term growth. We have taken not just one-off reforms, not just now and then, but reforms rivetted in a policy which will give a neat background, a layout spread before the Parliament for people to know that this is a reform that will lay a path for India to be one of the top economies of the world in the coming decade and further," the Finance Minister said while replying to the discussion on the Union Budget in Lok Sabha.
In other news, as many as 2,786 panchayats in Andhra Pradesh are set to go for polls in the second phase today. The panchayat polls began from February 9 and would go on till February 21 in four phases. The polling will go on till 3.30 PM while counting of votes would begin at 4 PM. As many as 7,507 candidates are contesting for sarpanch posts and 44.876 are in fray for ward members.

Meanwhile, ahead of the coming Assembly polls, the ruling CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front will take out two processions across Kerala from today, explaining developmental activities of the government and to counter various charges raised by Opposition Congress and BJP.

The first procession from Uppala in Kasaragod, to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, will be led by LDF convener and CPI(M) state secretary in-charge A Vijayaraghavan and cover the northern districts.

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First Published: Sat, February 13 2021. 07:46 IST