‘Budget date will not clash with States assembly elections in 2017’

Photo of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

New Delhi: The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said that the date of General Budget will not clash with the dates of upcoming five states assembly elections in 2017.

The government is considering to present Union Budget little earlier for next financial year (2017-18), the finance minister said that the efforts were on to avoid presentation of Budget with assembly poll dates.

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Jaitley told media persons, “As we have decided in principle to advance the presentation of the Union budget for implementing it from April 1, we are trying to see its day does not clash with poll dates to assembly elections in five states.”

As alongside the meeting of presenting the budget on February last day every year over the decades, the central government wants to present it earlier to ensure the passage of the finance bill in Parliament so that its proposals can be implemented from Apirl 1, when the next fiscal (2017-18) year begins.

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Though the legislative assembly elections in phases are due early 2017 in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur, the poll panel has not announced the dates.

The tenure of Punjab, Manipur and Goa assemblies will end on March 18, 2017, that of Uttarakhand is on March 26 and Uttar Pradesh on May 27th.


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