Chawla went on to clarify on steps taken or not taken in the Budget in the post budget session. “The over arching priority of the Union budget of 2009-10 is growth, which takes precedence over fiscal containment," he said.
He also pointed out that in spite of the estimated 40 lakh burrowing on part of the government the fiscal deficit will be phased out. He said that current deficit of 6.8 pc of GDP will be reduced by 1.5 pc every year.
Further, Chawla said that the disinvestment of share holding of PSU"s will take place in a systematic manner and that government approves of systematic appraisal of subsidies making them only merit based.
P V Bhide, Revenue Secretary, also spoke in the session and spoke on GST. Since all the states have agreed on having a common rate, there won't be differential rate and also said that the structure and the mechanism on which the rates will be decided will soon be finalized.
Maintaining CII's earlier stance, Mr. Hari S Bhartia, Vice President praised the budget which made space for all sectors.