So What Does Sitharaman’s Budget Ramayana Really Say?

Who is our budget's Ravana?

So What Does Sitharaman's Budget Ramayana Really Say?
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Every year the Indian Government presents its budget in the parliamentary houses. Recently, the NDA government rolled out it’s budget for 2019 which was presented by the present Finance Minister- Nirmala Sitharaman. The budgetary Ramayana of India is for a year unlike Ram Ji’s exile of 14 years. Nevertheless, this Ramayana is not behind in its drama, politics, emotions, powers, duties, and everything else.

The Ram & Sita

The Indian Union Finance Minister and our story's protagonist, Nirmala Sitharaman.
The Indian Union Finance Minister and our story’s protagonist, Nirmala Sitharaman.

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As the name would suggest, Nirmala Sitharaman is the only standing protagonist of this story. She is both our Ram and our Sita. She has written this story and she has the responsibility to execute it. It is her duty to live up to the promises she has made to her people. Now, you see Ram Ji used to follow the principle of “Praan Jaye par Vachan na jaye”. But the leaders of this Ramayana do not care about the promises they make. All they care about is whether or not the people fall for those promises. And trust me, we always do!

The PanchvaTrillion

In the original Ramayana, Panchvati is the place where Ram, Lakshman, and Sita decide to live within the forest. Our budgetary Ramayana aims to recreate that greenery in the form of lots of MONIESSS. Yes, the crurrent budget has set the target of making Indian economy a $5 trillion economy. Currently, the Indian economy stands $2.7 trillion strong.

Indian Railways And Vanar Sena

Indian Railways with modern vanar sena :P
Indian Railways with modern vanar sena 😛

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Indian Railways would have made travelling so much easier for Ram Ji’s Vanar Sena. But Indian Public’s vanar sena like usage and poor maintenance of Indian government since years has left Railways underdeveloped. As per current estimates, Railways need an investment of ₹50 lakh crores by 2030 in order to be effective. Hence, the budget proposes PPP (Public Private Partnership) to achieve faster development and delivery of passenger freight services.

Ganga Mayya For All

Water access was really easy and plenty for the people of Ram Rajya. They had many wells as well as flowing rivers with drinkable water. The people used to worship every river like we still worship Ganga. The budget of 2019 has come up with an important initiative to ensure “har ghar jal” (water to every household) by 2024. This will be done under Jal Jeevan Mission, which will focus on integrated demand and supply side management of water at the local level, including creation of local infrastructure for source sustainability like rainwater harvesting, groundwater recharge and management of household wastewater for reuse in agriculture.

The Ravana Of This Budget’s Ramayana

Petrol and Diesel hike got us like...
Petrol and Diesel hike got us like…

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The Petrol and Diesel is going to be costlier 😭 Like Ravan’s actions practically changed everything for India during Ramayana’s era, the costlier person and diesel makes almost everything costlier. The budget 2019 has raised special additional excise duty and road cess on petrol and diesel by ₹1 per litre each. However, their could be a Hanuman to our rescue in the form of reducing market prices of crude oil.

This was the Ramayana style Budget highlights for you. Let’s hope the government delivers all the promises. Otherwise, so far in the 60+ years of independence, the Indian government has been all about “Praan bhi jaye (of people), vachan bhi jaye (of leaders)” unlike Ram Ji’s “Praan Jaye par Vachan na jaye”.