New Delhi, Feb 1: If reports are to be believed, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley is likely to deliver his Budget speech in Hindi on Thursday. If he does so, Jaitley will become the first finance minister of the country to deliver his speech in Hindi since independence.
According to a report by Deccan Chronicle, the decision to deliver speech in Hindi is to reach out to the rural population, especially the farmers, who are mighty miffed with the Narendra Modi government.
The Indian farm sector is in mess currently--with regular droughts and farmers' suicide.
In the Budget 2018, the Modi government is likely to give impetus to farm sector by providing bigger allocation for food subsidy to widen MSP-based intervention, new scheme to pay difference between MSP and market price to farmers, nationwide loan waiver for farmers and bigger allocation for farm sector to improve infrastructure, to name a few.
By deciding to break from tradition and speaking in Hindi during the speech, Jaitley is sending a clear message that the budget is an aam aadmi budget for the common man of India.
Moreover, this is the last full budget of the Modi government. The populist way of deciding to speak in Hindi is likely to strike a chord with the voters ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019.
It's not an easy job to be the country's finance minister, especially at a time when India has been hit hard by slow growth rate, lack of job opportunities, crisis in the farm sector and high inflation rate, to name a few problems in the economic front.
Amid all these bad news, Jaitley is all set to present the much-awaited Union Budget 2018 from a few hours from now. Thus the burden on Jaitley to present an 'all-pleasing budget' has increased many times.