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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

The Union Budget 2023-24 has been prepared keeping growth in focus and also external economic challenges such as fuel prices, Finance Minister Niramala Sitharaman said on Thursday. In an interactive session on the Budget, she said the focus was on the common man and weaker sections and to ensure that their businesses are supported, their education is supported, the opportunities which are available for them to skill themselves are also given enough provision. "The priority is to keep the growth momentum as it is and also to make sure that the further support measures for sustaining growth...And be conscious of the fact that challenges which are extraneous to India. External challenges will have to be kept in mind. We should be ready for any unpredictable events from outside of our border," she said when asked what the priorities were when the budget was given a final shape. Sitharaman said the budget was prepared keeping in view every section of the society including SC, ST, OBC and other backward classes.

More than 69.96 per cent voters cast their votes till 3 pm on Thursday in the Tripura Assembly polls which is in progress in all the 60 constituencies amid heavy security, election officials said.

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First Published: Feb 16 2023 | 7:56 AM IST

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