The Union Budget of India for the financial year 2020-2021, presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, was one of the most highly anticipated presentations for this year.
It promised an aspirational India where everyone can enjoy a higher standard of living, economic development, and a caring society. Additionally, Sitharaman's second budget presentation, shared a slew of corrective measures addressing all sectors including agriculture and farmers, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and drones, among other things.
As the budget took place, netizens were quick to make their opinions heard on social media, some funny and others that take a dig at the problems that were addressed and unaddressed.
Here is a collection of posts that reflects what women had to say:
Climate activist Licypriya Kangajam’s plea to accord due importance to climate emergency:
This one highlighted the lack of efficiency and execution.
Last year Nirmala Sitharaman presented budget with 10 years vision in mind and was most of it was roll backed within 6 months.
She learnt her lesson and this year presented budget with no vision.#Budget2020
— Nirmala Tai Halwe wali (@Vishj05) February 1, 2020
A few tweeted what was on the mind of the middle-class:
— Sohini Guharoy (@sohinigr) February 1, 2020
— S☆ (@sassyfeIine_) February 1, 2020
A very corporate concern:
— Surbhi Prasad (@surbhiprasad4) February 1, 2020
Journalist Neelam captured the struggle of sitting through the speech:
It’s been more than 2 hours and the budget is still going on!!! #Budget2020 Even Indian movies are now shorter!
— Neelam Pandey (@NPDay) February 1, 2020
Activist Anjali Bhardwaj put the spotlight on how the budget does not address poverty in the country
Whopping ~70,000 crore reduction in food subsidy by @BJP4India govt in #Budget2020
This comes at a time when India ranks 102 out of 117 countries in global hunger index, unemployment is at a 45 yr high & poor are the worst hit by economic recession. Sabka saath, sabka vikas??? pic.twitter.com/3WiZLiFXQC
— Anjali Bhardwaj (@AnjaliB_) February 1, 2020
A few more demanded transparency:
5 new smart cities, what about the ones previously announced? #Budget2020
— Supriya Shrinate (@SupriyaShrinate) February 1, 2020
— Aarti Tikoo Singh (@AartiTikoo) February 1, 2020
The government does not believe in reforms and certainly not in structural reforms. The FM has outright rejected every — and I repeat, every — reform idea contained in the Economic Survey. Did the FM read the Economic Survey? : @PChidambaram_IN sir#SeedhiBaatBudgetBakwaas
— Ruchira Chaturvedi (@RuchiraC) February 1, 2020