Chief Statistician hails steps taken for sustainable, equitable growth in Budget

Chief Statistician and Secretary, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, Pravin Srivastava has hailed the 10-point vision for the decade announced in the Union Budget 2019-20 encompassing all aspects of holistic development.

According to the Chief Statistician, the Budget provides the necessary inputs to realize the vision given in the Economic Survey and will boost investment.

The Budget outlined several steps to attain $3 Trillion economy in the current year. The Budget is well structured and focuses on interventions in both rural and urban areas for a more inclusive growth.

He added that creation of payment platform for MSMEs, the PM Karam Yogi Maan Dhan Scheme and the Interest Subvention Scheme will further boost the MSME sector, thereby creating more jobs and foster formalization of the economy.

He further mentioned that the Budget has also addressed the participation of women in the economy by moving the focus from women-centric-policy making to women-led initiatives recognizing their contribution in Nation building and extending the benefits to SHGs. This will simultaneously bring a better balance in gender disparity. He also added that the Government’s focus of developing infrastructure and its emphasis on education, agriculture and allied areas will facilitate India’s march towards a progressive sustainable economy. The digital push to the economy by way of leveraging technology will boost the availability of data as a public good to the people.

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