Budget 2023: Tharoor gives thumbs up to digital library; short speech duration

| Updated: 01 February, 2023 1:40 pm IST

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor gave his nod to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcement of of setting up a National Digital Library for children and adolescents on Wednesday in her budget speech. “As a writer, I definitely appreciate this,” he said in his post budget media interaction with The New Indian. 

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today announced in her Budget speech that a National Digital Library for children and adolescents will be set up for facilitating the availability of quality books. The digital library will provide quality books across geographies, languages, genres, and levels, and device-agnostic accessibility, Ms Sitharaman said as she presented her fifth straight Budget today. “States will be encouraged to set up physical libraries for them at panchayat and ward levels and provide infrastructure for accessing the National Digital Library resources,” she said.

Tharoor also said that the entire budget presentation was wrapped up in one and a half hour and that it did not have any poetry(shayri) was a welcome change. He also welcomed tax rebates and new tax rates under the new  regime, announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday.

However, he said that the budget had nothing for rural unemployed. “It is too early to say I was satisfied with the budget. We will see in a year’s time what has been achieved. Further, they did not mention anything about MNREGA. There was nothing about rural employment in the speech.”

The Budget for 2023-24 Sitharaman’s fifth straight Budget.

She was appointed as the finance minister when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was re-elected in the 2019 General election. She presented her first budget on July 5, 2019. This year’s Budget has much importance as nine states go to polls this year, while the  Lok Sabha elections are scheduled for April-May 2024.

 

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