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Early Budget to help kick-start projects from April 1: Sitharaman


Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has exuded confidence that early Budget will help various departments move ahead with their developmental projects from April 1 itself.

The government is planning to unveil the Budget for 2017-18 on February 1 instead of the general practice of presenting it on the last working day of February.

Sitharaman said that the broad idea of presenting the Budget early is that “you will gain complete one month before its implementation starts from April 1”.

The usual practice of unveiling Budget on the last working day of February, she said, delayed the whole process as the Budget was actually passed after much beyond beginning the new financial year.

“…The departments which have to spend the money do not get the money in the hand (on time) and as a result of which everything gets pushed by 2-3 months…So actually, you lose out 2-3 important months in a financial year,” she said.

“Therefore, this step has a definite objective of getting it well on time. Now from April 1 itself, every department (will have) its money and the intention is not to go park the money in a concerned area and keep waiting to act, it should be steady flow of work get done and then move forward,” the Minister said.

Finance Ministry is gearing up to present the Budget for next fiscal around February 1, advancing the scheduled date by a month so as to complete the entire process by March 31.

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