Budget to stimulate investment, growth: FM

Written by Agencies | New Delhi, February 29: | Updated: Feb 29 2008, 18:25pm hrs
Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said the Union Budget for 2008-09 would stimulate investment and consequently growth, while pointing out that he had done the best through the budgetary exercise by providing credit facilities to the farm sector.

"Credit is only one element of the story in the farm sector. I provided more credit. Budget can only address credit side... the farm sector has not done too bad this year," he said in his post-Budget comments.

The Finance Minister had announced debt waiver and relief worth Rs 60,000 crore to small and marginal farmers in the Budget, the last full financial statement before the general elections next year.

"This Budget will stimulate investment and growth and that growth will create wealth... the economy is growing by 8 per cent, people have become more tax compliant and they are willing to pay taxes," he said on the buoyancy in government's revenues.