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Budget 2018: Govt targets rural voters with focus on agriculture, health

Farm incomes have fallen and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration has failed to deliver enough jobs to employ the mass of Indian youth joining the labour market

Reuters  |  New Delhi 

India said on Thursday it expected economic growth to surge above 8 percent as it announced a 2018/19 budget that allocated billions of dollars for rural infrastructure and unveiled a health insurance programme for around 500 million poor. In his last full year budget before a national election that must be held by May 2019, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley spoke of massive spending on rural infrastructure, to win over voters in the countryside where two-thirds of India's 1.3 billion people live. Farm incomes have fallen and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration has ...

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First Published: Thu, February 01 2018. 14:41 IST
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