With less than a month remaining for budget presentation, Finance Ministry invited suggestions from Twitterati on what should be the focus of the Budget for 2017-18 to be unveiled on 1 February.
“Please give your suggestions… Which sector (Infrastructure/Manufacturing/Agriculture/IT and Services) needs more focus in Budget 2017-18?” the Finance Ministry said in a tweet.
Although voting would remain open for a week, initial pattern suggested netizen’s preference for agriculture, followed closely by infrastructure. Manufacturing was the third in preference followed by IT and Services.
In November 2016, the Finance Ministry had invited suggestions from public on myGov portal for Budget 2017-18 in order to encourage public participation and bring in greater transparency.
Government has decided to present the Budget for 2017-18 on 1 February, instead of the usual practice of unveiling it on the last working day of February, so that all allocations are available before the start of financial year from 1 April.
It has also decided to merge the Rail Budget with the Union Budget.
Many would view the exercise similar to that of presented by the Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party government, which had presented its first budget after seeking inputs from residents of the national capital. The government then had billed this as Swaraj Budget.
(With inputs from PTI)