Bud­get 2017 Cal­i­brated to Con­sol­i­date Gains

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Fi­nance Min­is­ter Arun JaitleX re­frained from mak­ing a dash for a pop­ulist ‘make or break’ bud­get as the Naren­dra Modi-led govern­ment in In­dia reaches mid point of its five Xear term. Bud­get 2017 em­phasiYed ‘busi­ness as usual’ dis­plaXing com­mend­able re­straint in the face of 690 seats across 5 states of UPH GoaH Pun­jabH Ut­trak­hand F Ma­nipur at stakeH as elec­tions are due in th­ese states. “It is no­table that the govern­ment main­tained fis­cal dis­ci­pline and re­sisted the urge to come up with a pop­ulist bud­get given the up­com­ing elec­tions in a num­ber of statesH saXs

Partha Iyen­gar, VP and Gart­ner Fel­low, In­dia for the In­dian IT Sec­tor.

“This will al­low com­mer­cial ac­tiv­itX to ex­pand to the ru­ral seg­ment in a much more ef­fi­cient man­nerH if the aim of achiev­ing the broad­band con­nec­tiv­itX tar­gets bX 2018 is ac­tu­allX metH” saXs IXen­gar. Bud­get 2017 will en­able and de­liver e-gov­er­nance to 150H000 In­dian vil­lages bX March 31H 2018. LaXing of about 155H000 km of high speed op­tic fi­bre is al­readX throughH JaitleX re­ported in his Bud­get speech in the Par­lia­ment to­daX.

The con­tin­ued fo­cus on mov­ing In­dia to­wards a more trans­par­ent and dig­i­tal economX is en­cour­ag­ingH in or­der to re­allX cap­i­tal­iYe on the long term gains of the painful de­mon­etiYa­tion ex­er­cise. The move to curb the black economX

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