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A bridge to the future

There were no major outlay announcements, but the Budget broke convention by announcing sops for rural households and the middle-income population

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R Shankar Raman 

In an election year, the finance minister has tried to balance fiscal discipline and rural welfare in the interim Union Budget presented in Parliament on Friday. The need to bridge the rural-urban divide and drive middle-income consumption while staying on track for fiscal consolidation dominated the Budget exercise.

There were no major outlay announcements, but the Budget broke convention by announcing sops for rural households and the middle-income population. The PM Kisan Samman Nidhi will ensure a direct cash transfer to 1.2 million farmers' bank accounts. Income-tax rebates to the ...

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First Published: Sat, February 02 2019. 22:52 IST