Decision on jab funding will be made by 31 March: TV Somanathan4 min read . Updated: 02 Feb 2021, 11:00 PM IST
A lot of the commentary looks only at cash support. In our system, we provide income support in kind. We provided free food including pulses to 800 million people for eight months till November. That is a big fiscal push.
A day after finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented a reform-oriented Union Budget with focus on pushing spending on infrastructure to put the economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic back on growth track, expenditure secretary TV Somanathan, in the Ministry of Finance explains the rationale of the Budget and initial hesitancy of the government to push spending. Edited excerpts:
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