One thing is clear — elections are in sight! Besides projecting numbers, the Finance Minister’s opening speech flags key achievements too. He emphasizes on honesty and good governance, and then elucidates how. Digitalization riding on demonetization, ease of doing business an outcome of focused changes in policies and archaic procedures and inclusive growth through likes of direct beneft transfer. There is deserved chest thumping on disinvestment, which exceeded the planned target by more than 20 per cent! Then he moves to his crystal ball for 2018, with a sight on GDP growth of 7.5-8 per cent.
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