A day after Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tabled the Budget 2021-22 in Parliament, a panel of top ministers decoded how this year's Budget will help revive the pandemic-hit economy and help the aam aadmi in India TV's special show Budget Sammelan 2021.
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari described the Budget 2021 as one which will give a bigger push to the infrastructure and economy of the country. Gadkari also stressed that the three farm laws are for the benefit of the farmers while slamming Congress for trying to confuse people over the issue.
INDIA TV BUDGET SAMMELAN 2021: Highlights
What Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said:
03:12 PM: People don't like to listen to what the Congress party says. They did nothing when in power and now when the world is recognising India's resurgence under PM Modi, they are indulging in spreading lies over every issue. They should rather come up with suggestions and discuss with the government over issues people of the country, says Ramesh Pokhriyal. | READ MORE
03:10 PM: Mamata Banerjee is set to lose power in Bengal. She is panicking as the BJP's popularity is soaring with each passing day. The lotus (BJP's symbol) will bloom in Bengal, says Ramesh Pokhriyal.
03:08 PM: Despite COVID-19 pandemic, the Modi government ensured that students don't lose their academic year. We assured all help to schools and students, says Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal
03:06 PM: It was the Congress that established capitalists in India: Ramesh Pokhriyal
03:04 PM: Budget 2021 gives great emphasis on strengthening the education sector in the country. Rs 50,000 crore has been allotted for research and development only, says Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
What Ravi Shankar Prasad said:
12:41 PM: How much Rahul Gandhi knows about agriculture and farming is an open secret. I invite him to speak in Parliament over the issue, says Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. READ MORE
12:37 PM: People of West Bengal will soon respond to Mamata's way of governance: Ravi Shankar Prasad
12:32 PM: A structured dialogue is underway with the farmers. But I would also like to mention the breach of trust that took place on January 26. Farmer Unions had promised there will be a peaceful protest. However, the government is committed to listen to farmers and address their grievances, says Ravi Shankar Prasad.
12:30 PM: I should praise the Delhi Police and other security forces for the restraint they showed. Policemen were attacked brutally, but they didn't react: Ravi Shankar Prasad
12:26 PM: Did Rahul Gandhi condemn Red Fort breach incident on January 26? The Tricolour was dishonoured, but the Congress leader kept mum. For over 40 years, people of his family unfurled the national flag from Red Fort, but he didn't utter a word over the incident, says Ravi Shankar Prasad.
12:20 PM: India is going to play an important role in global manufacturing and supply chain. The government has invited global companies to India, says Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
What Smriti Irani Said:
12:15 PM: Mamata Banerjee has been making false allegations against the Modi government. I want to ask her if she was so worried for the poor and aam aadmi, why West Bengal has not implemented Ayushman Bharat Scheme till now: Smriti Irani | READ MORE
12:11 PM: I want to ask both Shashi Tharoor and Rahul Gandhi to discuss any one specific issue. The fact is that they don't make any responsible comment ever, says Smriti Irani
12:09 PM: What Rahul Gandhi says should not be taken seriously. Neither economists pay attention to what he says, nor should you, says Smriti Irani over the Congress leader's criticism of Union Budget 2021.
12:06 PM: The Budget should not be seen from a narrow point of view. I am unable to understand why the Opposition is complaining when the Budget has not put any new burden on the aam aadmi: Union Minister Smriti Irani
What Nitin Gadkari Said
10:36 AM: The vehicle scrappage policy will be a win-win solution for all, will help in fighting pollution, says Nitin Gadkari. | READ MORE
10:33 AM: Political violence is not acceptable in a democracy. Whatever is happening in Bengal is sad. Political ideologies may be different, and everyone has the right to express them but bloodshed in the name of politics has no place.
10:32 AM: It is for the people of Bengal to decide. If they are happy with Mamata Banerjee government, they will vote for her again otherwise they have options: Nitin Gadkari
10:28 AM: I appeal Rahul Gandhi to come and discuss all the grievances with the government. If he has some solution to offer, he must come and discuss, says Nitin Gadkari
10:26 AM: There is no prestige issue, the Modi government is committed to help the farmers, all issues can be resolved through dialogue, says Nitin Gadkari.
10:24 AM: Whatever happened in Delhi at Red Fort was definitely a political conspiracy. There are some anti-national elements that have infiltrated the farm protests. The farm protests have lost credibility after January 26 violence.
10:22 AM: The Modi government wants to improve the condition of farmers and increase their earnings: Nitin Gadkari
10:21 AM: Congress is in opposition and it is every right to question government's policies, however, it should not play politics over issues concerning the common man and poor. The Farm Laws are not against the farmers, says Nitin Gadkari.
10:16 AM: The Congress has not been able to convince people over farm laws, hence it is confusing them, says Nitin Gadkari.
10:15 AM: Air India is now on the verge of being sold due to massive debts, this is due to Congress party's wrong policies. They have ruined the economy: Nitin Gadkari.
10:09 AM: Country's growth is directly related to industries. We are undertaking several big infra projects and aim to build world-class infrastructure in the country. I can assure you that India's infrastructure will be similar to countries like US, Japan etc. in the coming years. Nobody can accuse the Modi government of any corruption.
10:01 AM: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari joins India TV's Budget Sammelan 2021 as the first speaker.
Earlier, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in an exclusive conversation in Aaj Ki Baat with Rajat Sharma, Editor-In-Chief and Chairman, India TV, on Monday discussed the key highlights of the Union Budget 2021.
"Putting money right in the hands of the people is not the only solution. Budget 2021 will help generate employment," the Finance Minister said.