Middle class has been strengthened by this year’s Budget: Modi


Mumbai, Feb 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said this year's Union Budget has strengthened the middle class and given it more relief than was given by the UPA regime.
For income on which the UPA government imposed as much as 20 per cent tax, this budget has zero tax, Modi said, after flagging off two Vande Bharat trains from Mumbai to Solapur and Shirdi.
"Be it the salaried class or the middle class earning from trade and commerce, this Budget has made them happy," the PM said, speaking after the flag off ceremony at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in south Mumbai.
"The middle class has been strengthened in this budget", he said.
Modi said people with an income of more than Rs two lakh rupees were taxed before 2014, but his government initially increased the limit to Rs 5 lakh and now to Rs 7 lakh in this year's budget.
"Those who paid 20 per cent tax during the UPA government pay zero tax today", Modi said.
Those with new jobs now have an opportunity to save more, he said.
The PM expressed confidence that this budget that promotes the spirit of Sabka Vikas Sabka Prayas' will give strength to every family and encourage everyone to build a Viksit Bharat (developed India). The PM flagged off Mumbai-Solapur Vande Bharat and Mumbai-Sainagar Shirdi Vande Bharat trains. He also launched two road projects, the Santacruz Chembur Link Road and Kurar underpass project, aimed at easing road traffic congestion and streamline the movement of vehicles in Mumbai. After reaching Platform No. 18 of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, the PM inspected the Mumbai-Sainagar Shirdi Vande Bharat train and interacted with the train crew and the children inside the coach. He said it is a huge day for Railways in India, especially for advanced connectivity in Maharashtra as this is the first time that two Vande Bharat trains have been flagged off on the same day. He said these trains will connect economic centres such as Mumbai and Pune to centres of faith, thereby benefiting those traveling for college, office, business, pilgrimage and agricultural purposes.
Travelling to sacred places like Shirdi, Nasik, Trimbakeshwar, and Panchvati will be made easier with the new Vande Bharat trains which will give a boost to tourism as well as pilgrimage, he said.
"The pilgrimages of Pandhar-pur, Solapur, Akkalkot and Tulja-pur will also be made more accessible with the Mumbai-Solapur Vande Bharat Express", he said. Calling Vande Bharat train a grand picture of modern India, Modi said, “It is a reflection of India's speed and scale.”

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