"2014-15 का यह रेल बजट, देश को अधिक गति देने वाला, रेलवे को अधिक आधुनिक बनाने वाला,नागरिकों को अधिक सुरक्षा और सेवा देने वाला सिद्ध होगा। 

एक लम्बे अरसे के बाद देश अनुभव करेगा कि सच्चे अर्थ में हमारी रेलवे, यह भारतीय रेलवे है। पिछले कुछ दशकों से एक बिखराव महसूस होता था, टुकड़ों में सोचा जाता था। पहली बार समग्रतः भारत के विकास को ध्यान में रख कर, रेलवे बजट में बल दिया गया है - इक्कीसवीं सदी का भारत, इसकी नींव,इस आधुनिक रेल बजट में दिखाई देती है। विज्ञान और टेक्नोलॉजी का भरपूर उपयोग, आने वाले दिनों में हो। रेलवे जैसा तंत्र ad-hoc रूप से नहीं चल सकता। हर प्रकार के निर्णय प्रक्रिया के लिए, नए vision के लिए, नए initiative के लिए, institutional mechanism होना बहुत ज़रूरी होता है। रेलवे का यह बजटinstitutional mechanism को बल देता है। 

चारों तरफ भ्रष्टाचार के खिलाफ, सामान्य मानव का रोष है। यह बजट transparency को बल देता है, integrity को बल देता है। 

रेल का विस्तार भी हो। रेल का विकास भी हो। यात्रियों की संख्या भी बढे, यात्रियों की सुरक्षा भी बढे। 

रेलवे सिर्फ यातायात का साधन नहीं है। रेलवे भारत की विकास यात्रा का growth engine है। इस बार का रेलवे बजट, इस बात को सिद्ध करेगा कि देश के विकास में, रेलवे अहम भूमिका निभाता है। आज़ादी के बाद अगर रेलवे पर हमने बल दिया होता, तो आज विकास की नयी ऊंचाइयों को पाने में, रेलवे सहायक होता। देर आये, दुरुस्त आये। हमने 2014 से विकास की इस गति को, विकास की इस ऊंचाई को, आरम्भ किया है। मुझे विश्वास है कि रेल यात्रा में सफर करने वाले यात्रियों को, सुखद अनुभव होगा, और देश के विकास से जुड़े हुए लोगों के लिए यह विकास का विश्वास देगा। 

भारत में रेलवे विकास के कुछ नए आयामों को भी बल दिया गया है। 125 करोड़ का देश, यात्रियों का देश है। भिन्न भिन्न सम्प्रदाय, यात्रा करने के आदि हैं। उनके लिए विशिष्ट व्यवस्थाओं की ज़रुरत को रेलवे पूरा करने जा रहा है। 

वैश्विक economy का यह युग है। Globalization का जब era है, तब हमारे ports sector को rail connectivity की बहुत ज़रुरत है। विश्व व्यापार के लिए यह जो initiatives लिए गये हैं, वो भारत की आर्थिक संप्रभुता के लिए एक बहुत बड़ी ताक़त बनेंगे, ऐसा मेरा विश्वास है। 

यह rail budget, interim budget आने के बाद का बजट है। बहुत कम समय है। लेकिन जो initiativeलिए गए हैं, वो इस दिशा को दर्शाते हैं, कि हम रेल को कहाँ ले जाना चाहते हैं, साथ साथ रेल के माध्यम से हम देश को कहाँ ले जाना चाहते हैं। न सिर्फ रेल को कहाँ पहुंचाना है, यह हमारा मक़सद नहीं है, रेल के माध्यम से देश को किन ऊंचाइयों तक पहुंचाना है, यह भी हमारा मक़सद है। और यह सरकार का यह सपना पूरा होगा।" 

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Today's budget has brought new opportunities, new energy: PM Modi
July 23, 2024
“Budget For Viksit Bharat ensures inclusive growth, benefiting every segment of society and paving the way for a developed India”
“The government has announced the Employment Linked Incentive scheme. This will create crores of new jobs”
“This Budget brings a new scale to education and skill development”
“We will create entrepreneurs in every city, every village and every home”
“In the last 10 years, the government has ensured that the poor and the middle class continue to get tax relief”
“Budget opens up new avenues for StartUps and innovation ecosystem”
“Budget focuses on farmers in a big way”
“Today's budget has brought new opportunities, new energy, new employment and self-employment opportunities. It has brought better growth and a bright future”
“Today's budget will act as a catalyst in making India the third largest economic power in the world and will lay a solid foundation for a developed India”

I extend my congratulations to all my countrymen for this important budget that will elevate the country to new heights of development. I also extend my heartiest congratulations are due to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Ji and her entire team.


This budget empowers every segment of society. It paves the way for prosperity in our villages and for the poor and farmers. Over the last 10 years, 25 crore people have come out of poverty. This budget continues the empowerment of the neo-middle class, offering new opportunities for education and skills development. It provides new strength to the middle class and includes robust plans to empower the tribal society, Dalits, and backward classes. Additionally, this budget will enhance the economic participation of women and create new avenues of progress for small traders and MSMEs, or small industries. By focusing on manufacturing and infrastructure, the budget will invigorate economic development and sustain its momentum.


Creating unprecedented opportunities for employment and self-employment has been a hallmark of our government. Today's budget further strengthens this commitment. The country and the world have witnessed the success of the PLI scheme. Now, in this budget, the government has announced the Employment Linked Incentive scheme, which will create crores of new jobs across the country. Under this scheme, our government will pay the first salary of young people starting their first job. Whether it's assistance for skill development and higher education or the internship scheme for 1 crore youngsters, this will enable young people from villages and impoverished backgrounds to work in top companies, opening new doors of possibility for them. We aim to foster entrepreneurship in every city, village, and household. To support this, the limit for Mudra loans without collateral has been increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. This will bolster self-employment among small business owners, especially women, Dalits, and families from backward and tribal communities.


Together, we will make Bharat a global manufacturing hub. The country's MSME sector is closely linked to the middle class and provides substantial employment to the poor. Strengthening small industries is a crucial step in this direction. This budget announces a new scheme to improve the ease of credit for MSMEs. Additionally, there are important provisions to enhance the manufacturing and export ecosystem in every district. E-commerce export hubs and 100 units for food quality testing are among the initiatives that will boost the One District One Product campaign.


This budget has introduced many new opportunities for our startups and the innovation ecosystem. Whether it is the Rs 1000 crore fund to promote the space economy or the decision to abolish the Angel Tax, several significant steps have been taken.


Record high capital expenditure (Capex) will drive the economy forward. With 12 new industrial nodes, the development of new satellite towns, and transit plans for 14 major cities, new economic hubs will be established across the country, creating numerous new jobs.


Today, defence exports are at a record high. This budget includes many provisions to make the defence sector self-reliant. Global interest in Bharat has surged, creating new possibilities in the tourism sector. Tourism offers numerous opportunities for the poor and the middle class. This budget places special emphasis on developing the tourism sector.


Over the past 10 years, the NDA government has consistently provided tax relief to the poor and the middle class. In this budget, income tax reductions and increased standard deductions have been introduced. Additionally, TDS rules have been simplified, resulting in extra savings for every taxpayer.


The comprehensive development of Bharat's eastern region is crucial for the nation's progress. Our campaign will gain new momentum and energy through the vision of Purvodaya. We will accelerate development by constructing essential infrastructure such as highways, water projects, and power projects in eastern Bharat.


This budget places significant emphasis on the country's farmers. Following the world's largest food grain storage scheme, we are now establishing Vegetable Production Clusters. This initiative will open new markets for small farmers to sell their fruits, vegetables, and other produce at better prices. Simultaneously, it will increase the availability of fruits and vegetables for the middle class, ensuring better family nutrition. It is essential for Bharat to become self-reliant in the agricultural sector. Therefore, support has been announced to boost the production of pulses and oilseeds.


Today's budget includes major initiatives to eradicate poverty and empower the poor. The decision to construct 3 crore new houses for the poor has been made. The Janjatiya Unnat Gram Abhiyan will connect 5 crore tribal families with basic amenities using a saturation approach. Additionally, the Gram Sadak Yojana will link 25,000 new rural areas with all-weather roads, benefitting remote villages in all states across the country.


Today's budget has introduced new opportunities and has infused fresh energy. It has created numerous jobs and self-employment prospects, fostering better growth and a brighter future. This budget will serve as a catalyst in the process of making Bharat the third-largest economic power in the world, laying a solid foundation for a developed nation.

Best wishes to all the countrymen!