Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held a meeting with trade and industry representatives, economists, academicians and policy experts in Guwahati on February 27th, 2020.
During the interactive session, the minister said that the Government is committed to steadily move towards the less regressive regime and to help close all disputes pertaining to taxation. Her visit is part of her Union Budget 2020-21, presented in Parliament on February 1st, 2020, outreach programme.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were also present at the session.
“The interactive session is an initiative to simplify the Union Budget so that it can benefit the common populace,” said Sonowal.
He added, “The reforms announced in Budget 2020 will go a long way towards realising PM Narendra Modi’s dream of making India a $5 trillion economy, reiterating Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas.”
The Union Finance Minister was accompanied by Finance Secretary Rajeev Kumar, DEA Secretary Atanu Chakraborty, SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar, and Revenue Secretary AB Pandey. She also interacted with bankers.
Sitharaman said that the traditional industries in the Northeast should have facilities to exhibit themselves. She mentioned that the local Self Help Groups will be given greater access to credit to supplement the economy.
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