Name: Shivi Goyal
Occupation: Social Media Expert and Content Writer
Annual income: Rs 5 lakh per annum
What have been your biggest worries recently - money-wise?
Hailing from a middle-class family, I understand that everything from food, vegetables, grocery, pulses, clothing, education to travel when they turn costlier hurt us. The major worries though are providing good education for our children and the reservation issue which has again cropped up recently.
What are your biggest expectations from this budget?
No matter how hard we try, the corruption does not cease. Money does not stop its flow, need a check on it so that the tickets are not in black. The Government needs funds for several schemes to be implemented but I hope the Finance Minister and Revenue Secretary are hopefully working to make the budget bright for all. For the common man, certainly the taxes and fares should not be increased, as that hampers the "mango" people's living standards. The keenness is palpable in the startup community. Let us see what the budget does to implement the action plan of Modi Government.
How would you rate the Modi government so far? Have they been all talk and little action?
The overall term till now for me is not very satisfactory. That said, there are certain reforms that I might call great initiatives. The contributions such as structural changes, overall economic growth, the emphasis on foreign affairs and new agreements for the economy's development and for defence will be good for all if executed the way they are talked about. In fact the issues of reservations and intolerance should have been dealt with diplomatically rather than politically.
However, there are some areas which really need expansion - especially, the agriculture sector. The Government needs to focus more on saving the land under cultivation as about 50% of total workforce are employed in agriculture sector. But, yes of course we cannot deny the Startup India, MakeInIndia, and Digital India initiatives.
Any novel ideas for the finance minister?
Nothing specific as such but for a more realistic sustenance of social economic agendas, I hope Arun Jaitley has read The Arthashastra (The Science of Wealth), written by the legendary Indian courtier Kautilya . It is a 2000-year-old dissertation on economics - wealth, whose influence on Indian history is so enormous that scholar Thomas Trautmann memorably called it a book-killing book.