FM done commendable job: PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the Union Finance Minister has done a 'commendable job' in containing the deficit while 'simultaneously addressing growth imperatives' as P Chidamabaram presented the Union Budget 2013-14 in the Parliament.
"The Finance Minister has done a commendable job in containing the deficit while simultaneously addressing growth imperatives," the PM said.
"There is plenty for every ministry. It is now up to my colleagues in the Cabinet to turn challenges into opportunities," he said.
"Multi-pronged strategy needed to deal with challenges of Fiscal Deficit, Inflation and Current Account Deficit," Singh said.
He said the Finance Minister has laid out a roadmap with regard to investments
"If India succeeds in achieving 8% growth, the winner will be the people of India, especially our youth," he said.
Kiran Bedi praises Union Budget
Former top cop turned social activist Kiran Bedi praised the Union Budget 2013-14.
"Three Cheers! Mr FM," Bedi tweeted.
"Focus on Skills Dev (development). And job creation. Covers all sections of society! Excellent," she said.
SP, BSP describe Budget 2013 as 'anti-poor', Mulayam vows to oppose it in Parliament
The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, outside supporters of the UPA government, on Thursday slammed the Union Budget, describing it as "anti-farmer, anti-worker and anti-poor" with Mulayam Singh Yadav vowing to oppose it in Parliament.
"This budget has completely ignored the farmers. It is only meant for 10 per cent population, while the interests of 65 per cent engaged in farming have been ignored. The SP will oppose the Budget in Parliament," Yadav told reporters outside Parliament.