After presenting the Price range in parliament this morning, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed questions from journalist at a post-Price range press convention – but it surely was her intervention on behalf of a lady journalist who was reprimanded for asking two questions as a substitute of 1 that grew to become the spotlight of the occasion. “Why do you say that solely to her? You did not cease the blokes,” Ms Sitharaman mentioned to a colleague who had requested the journalist to ask just one query.
Nirmala Sitharaman’s comment drew laughter from the viewers and even from members of her workforce, who have been seen sitting on both aspect of the finance minister.
The incident unfolded when the journalist – who recognized herself as herself as Gulveen from The Financial Occasions – acquired an opportunity to ask the finance minister a query. By this time, Ms Sitharaman had already answered a number of journalists on the press convention which was streamed dwell on the federal government’s Press Info Bureau YouTube channel for over three hours. A number of journalists had requested her greater than a single query.
When the Financial Occasions journalist mentioned that she had two questions for the finance minister, Ms Sitharaman’s colleague interrupted her to say “No, just one… others are there.”
On listening to this, Ms Sitharaman intervened in assist of the journalist. Her remarks drew appreciative chuckles from the viewers and the journalist was heard thanking the minister earlier than persevering with.
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In her shortest ever Price range speech, Ms Sitharaman introduced a soar in capital expenditure, extra spending on infrastructure and the doubling of the spending on well being.
The Finance Minister introduced ₹ 35,000 crore for COVID-19 vaccines this yr. “Solely thrice has the Price range adopted a contraction within the economic system This time, not like earlier than, the scenario is because of a world pandemic,” she mentioned. She added that two extra COVID-19 vaccines will arrive.
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