BJP ministers hail Jaitley over budget

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New Delhi, Feb 28: Ministers from the Bharatiya Janata Party were all praise for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday, for presenting a budget which is "historic", "pragmatic" and "in the interest of people".

Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said the union budget has given the "highest priority" to infrastructure that will boost employment in the country.

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"This is the first time in the Indian history the FM (finance minister) has given highest priority to the infrastructure," Gadkari told reporters outside parliament house.

"Investment in infrastructure will boost employment opportunities, give priority to rural development and agriculture," he added.

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar termed the budget as a "historical budget", saying: "It has given social security to all. It's of the poor, for the poor."

Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani praised Jaitley for giving importance to girls' education. She said it is "a pragmatic budget that gives lot of thrust on infrastructure, skill India, innovation, girls' education."

According to Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu, the budget is in the interest of people of the country. "Steps have been taken to control inflation and increase investment."

IANS

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