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January 31, 2021 / 11:03 PM IST

Budget 2021: FM Sitharaman to present Budget tomorrow

Budget 2021: The first half of Parliament's Budget session be held till February 15.

Budget 2021: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget for 2021-22 on February 1. According to PTI, the CCPA has said the Budget will be presented on February 1. President Ram Nath Kovind will address a joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament on January 29. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) also recommended that the budget session be held from January 29 to February 15. The second part of the budget session will be held from March 8 to April 8.

On January 29, The Economic Survey 2020-21 was tabled in Parliament. The survey pegged India's real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth at 11 percent in FY22, and said the economy is witnessing a V-shaped recovery after being hurt by COVID-19 pandemic.

Budget 2021 - Expectations

COVID-19 and its spread have left a devastating trail of destruction across the economic landscape, blowing into smithereens the very framework of orthodox fiscal policy planning. The lockdowns and the prolonged restrictions have forced many a company to shut or curtail operations, lowering the government's tax collections. Gross domestic product (GDP)—the total value of goods and services produced in the country—fell 23.9 percent in April-June 2020, and then again by 7.5 percent in July-September.

India has now slipped into a technical recession, which takes place when real or inflation-adjusted GDP contracts in two successive quarters. From being toasted as an engine for global growth with the status of the world's fastest-growing major economy, India's GDP has fallen for two successive quarters. The bigger question now is: how long will the impact last?

Expectations are running high on the Budget 2021-22 for "big-bang measures." The Union Budget may just be the right occasion to be a little more courageous and to press the foot on the accelerator.

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