Kolkata: The Budget speech of interim finance minister Piyush Goyal resembled an election manifesto with the minister reading out a 10 dimensional vision of the incumbent dispensation for the next decade.
While the ‘first dimension’ of the ‘Vision’ talked of building physical and social infrastructure for a $10 trillion economy and providing ease of living, mentioning next generation infrastructure of roads, railways, seaports, airports, urban transport, gas and electric transmission and inland waterways, the ‘second dimension’ suggested creating a Digital India reaching every sector of the economy. The third dimension of the Vision will be to make India a pollution free nation. To do that, India will drive on electric vehicles with renewables being a big source of energy.
“Fourth dimension of the Vision is ‘Make in India’ approach to develop grass-roots level clusters, structures and mechanisms encompassing the MSMEs, village industries and start-ups spread in every nook and corner of the country,” the FM said.
The fifth dimension is clean rivers, with safe drinking water to all Indians, sustaining and nourishing life and efficient use of water in irrigation. “Our coastline and our ocean waters powering India’s development and growth is the sixth dimension of our Vision,” he said.
The seventh dimension of the Vision aims at the outer skies with space programme like Gaganyaan, placing an Indian astronaut into space by 2022.
Making India self-sufficient in food is the eighth dimension of the vision.
“A healthy India is the ninth dimension of our Vision,” he added.
Finally, the 10th dimension of the vision will be to have a proactive and responsible bureaucracy.