All eyes are on Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as she is set to present her fourth budget in three weeks from now. With a target to become a $5 trillion economy by 2025, the focus will be on economic growth and employment generation.

Disinvestment, rationalisation of import duties for raw materials, micro small and medium enterprises, agriculture and start-ups with a focus on unicorns are likely to be the drivers of the forth-coming budget. Sources also said that though the minister is unlikely to wind up the stimulus package, announced in the wake of the deadly Delta variant of Covid 19 last year, in a hurry, a roadmap to the path of fiscal consolidation is expected.

The government has projected a fiscal deficit of 6.8 percent for the current financial year.

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Despite the sharp rise in the Covid 19 cases in India, policymakers said that the country’s growth story may not be severely impacted by the current wave though several states have imposed restrictive measures to contain the spread. The silver lining for India is that the hospitalisation rate has remained in control.

Sources also said that with the changing scenario amid the pandemic, the government will also introduce measures and economic policies as and when required depending on the situation and the feedback from industries.

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