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Interim Budget 2019 to be growth-oriented futuristic: Dharmendra Pradhan

We have fulfilled whatever we promised, he said

Interim Budget 2019  |  Dharmendra Pradhan  |  2019 Interim Budget

Shine Jacob & Jyoti Mukul 

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

A prominent achievement the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is highlighting ahead of the Lok Sabha (LS) elections this year is Ujjwala, the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) programme for the poor. Days before this government’s last Budget is presented, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, and Skill Development DHARMENDRA PRADHAN speaks to Shine Jacob and Jyoti Mukul about spearheading the programme, his unfinished task, political challenges, and Priyanka Gandhi’s entry into active politics. Edited excerpts:

What have been the major achievements of your tenure?

No economy in the world can work without giving priority to the energy sector. Our per capita energy consumption is still one-third of the world average. Our government recognised this and hence, from Day One, we focused on availability, accessibility, affordability, and sustainability — we talked about energy justice.



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First Published: Mon, January 28 2019. 01:55 IST