The government is likely to present a White Paper on the mismanagement of the economy prior to 2014 with an aim to draw lessons. Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government came to power in May 2014 after a 10-year rule by the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.
“It is now appropriate to look at where we were then till 2014 and where we are now, only for the purpose of drawing lessons from the mismanagement of those years.
“The government will lay a White Paper on table of the House,” announced Finance Minister Nirmala Sithraman while presenting the interim Budget for the next financial year on Thursday.
According to a senior government official, the white paper may be presented next week.
The Budget session of Parliament which began on Wednesday is scheduled to be the last session of the 17th Lok Sabha before the General Elections in the next couple of months.
The current Budget session would end on February 9 with the passage of the Interim Budget 2024-25.
Sitharaman said when the Modi government assumed the reins, the responsibility to mend the economy step by step and to put the governance systems in order was enormous.
The need of the hour, she said, was to give hope to the people, to attract investments, and to build support for the much-needed reforms.
“The government did that successfully following our strong belief of ‘nation-first’,” Sitharaman said.
She further said the crisis of those years has been overcome, and the economy has been put firmly on a high sustainable growth path with all-round development.
Sitharaman began her nearly an hour-long Budget speech emphasising that the Indian economy has witnessed profound positive transformation in the last ten years.
The people of India are looking ahead to the future with hope and optimism, she said.
“With the blessings of the people, when our government under the visionary and dynamic leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi assumed office in 2014, the country was facing enormous challenges,” the senior minister said.
Sitharaman, who was presenting her sixth Budget, said that with ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ as its ‘mantra’, the government overcame those challenges in right earnest.
Structural reforms were undertaken, pro-people programmes were formulated and implemented promptly, and conditions were created for more opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship.
“The economy got a new vigour. The fruits of development started reaching the people at scale. The country got a new sense of purpose and hope.
“Naturally, the people blessed the government with a bigger mandate (2019),” she added.
With the ‘whole of nation’ approach of ‘Sabka Prayas’, Sitharaman said the country overcame the challenge of a once-in-a-century pandemic, took long strides towards ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, committed to ‘Panch Pran’, and laid solid foundations for the ‘Amrit Kaal’.
“We expect that our government, based on its stupendous work, will be blessed again by the people with a resounding mandate,” the minister said.
The general elections to elect the next Lok Sabha are likely to be held in April-May this year.