Bengaluru, February 14: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said, Central government is keen to enhance the income of the rural poor and thereby improve their living standard through various budgetary measures including better road connectivity and additional income through subsidiary activities.
Speaking of the budget for 2017-18 at a meeting organised by the Karnataka BJP, Jaitley said, the infrastructure allocation of 3,96,000 crore rupees for rural India was aimed at in this direction. He said, rural roads alone will get 2900 crore rupees and the intention of the government was that by 2019 every village should have road connectivity and by 2018 each village should be electrified.
"Not a single sound or even whisper of protectionism is now being heard in India. It is only being heard in developed economy outside the country. And that itself is a tribute to the fact that India is willing to accept investment from wherever the investment wants to come in and tuning its policy in support of that investment."