Budget 2023: FM concludes all pre-Budget meetings

Nirmala Sitharaman chaired the pre-Budget consultation meetings for Budget 2023-24 held in virtual mode from November 21-28
Budget 2023: FM concludes all pre-budget meetings
Budget 2023: FM concludes all pre-budget meetings

New Delhi: Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman chaired the pre-Budget consultation meetings for Budget 2023-24 held in virtual mode from November 21-28. The pre-Budget meetings were concluded on Monday, stated an official statement. "More than 110 invitees representing seven stakeholder groups participated in eight meetings scheduled during this period. The stakeholder groups included representatives and experts from agriculture and agro-processing industry, infrastructure & climate change, financial sector and capital markets, services and trade, social sector, trade unions and labour organisations and economists," stated the statement.

Pre-Budget meetings were attended by ministers, secretaries & senior officials in online mode

"Union Ministers of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary and Dr Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad, Finance Secretary T.V. Somanathan, Secretary, DEA, Ajay Seth, Chief Economic Advisor, Dr V Anantha Nageswaran, Secretary, DIPAM, Tuhin Kanta Pandey, Secretary, Financial Services, Vivek Joshi, Secretary, Corporate Affairs, Manoj Govil, OSD, Revenue, Sanjay Malhotra, and senior officers from Ministry of Finance were also present during the meetings. Secretaries of other ministries/departments concerned participated through online mode," it added.

Representatives of stakeholder groups made several suggestions

"The representatives of the stakeholder groups made a number of suggestions for the forthcoming budget including, mechanism for green certification to help MSMEs, urban employment guarantee programme to boost employment generation in urban areas, rationalisation of income tax, creation of innovation clusters, schemes for improving domestic supply chains, reduction of taxes on electric vehicle, introduction of EV policy, measures to promote India as a hub for Green Hydrogen, social sector entrepreneurship fund for social impact companies, training and accreditation of care economy workers, portable social benefit for children, National Regulatory Authority for Water and Sanitation, coverage of unorganised workers under ESIC, continuation of Public Capex, fiscal consolidation and lower customs duties," the statement said.

"The Finance Minister thanked the participants for sharing their valuable suggestions and assured that suggestions would be carefully considered while preparing the Budget 2023-24," said the statement.

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