January 31, 2018 / 1:17 PM / 4 months ago

TAKE A LOOK-India Budget: Tight rope walk for Jaitley on Feb. 1

    Jan 31 (Reuters) - India's finance minister Arun Jaitley presents the last full federal
budget of his tenure on Thursday, as he seeks to strike a balance amid a widening fiscal deficit
and falling tax revenues, while looking to raise spending in key sectors to revive a faltering
economy.
    The federal budget is expected to step up funding of rural development programmes and help
small businesses as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nationalist government heads into a national
election in May 2019.
    Click on the story links below for our budget coverage:
        
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For our online budget coverage, click: reut.rs/2nlHhBC    

 (Compiled by Malini Menon in NEW DELHI)
  
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