Podcast | Budget feedback

Podcast | Budget feedback

Pranab Mukherjee on Monday for the third time presented the Union Budget 2011 with the UPA government in power. Experts consider this to be as a fair budget, with minimal changes.

Others think that he just expanded the scope of already existing plans and policies to include the current changes.

Mint spoke to N R Bhanumurthy, associate professor at Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. He commends finance minister Pranab Mukherjee for a job well done at containing the fiscal deficit at 4.6% ,against estimates figures of 4.8%. Though he thinks that the current government is over emphasizing on IT projects and mass projects like Adhaar (UID Mission) for transparency.

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We also spoke to Yamini Aiyar of Centre for Policy Research who thinks that instituting Group of Ministers for tackling corruption is a small step in right direction of addressing issues of accountability. Also, increased allocations for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan was expected as the free compulsory education has been made a fundamental right.

Listen to them for what they have to say about the Union Budget 2011.