Mukherjee hopes Budget will be presented in due time

May 23rd, 2009 - 11:03 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday expressed optimism that the government would be able to present the financial budget in due time.

“Indian economy is resilient, strong and we shall have to build up and come back to the growth track as early as possible. We will be able to, I hope, present the budget in due time so that uncertainties can be avoided and time of spending can be renewed,” Mukherjee said after getting the portfolio of Finance Ministry in the newly formed UPA Government.

Mukherjee will take charge of the office on Monday.

“We will address all major issues. Various efforts will be made to insulate the Indian economy from the adverse impact of financial meltdown”, he said.

Mukherjee had presented the vote-on-account in view of the general elections, after taking charge of the Finance Ministry in the previous UPA Government.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, while briefing medias about the first meeting of the Union Cabinet, Home Minister P Chidambaram said the new government would strive to get the budget approved by Parliament by July 31, the day when the vote-on-account approved by the interim budget expires.

“We hope we will be able to pass the full Budget by July 31″, Chidambaram said, adding that in case the government was not able to get the Budget passed by then it would go in for another vote-on-account for a short period. (ANI)

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