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Amrut Mahotsav will be a true and meaningful tribute to our freedom fighters, says Jaitley

Amrut Mahotsav will be a true and meaningful tribute to our freedom fighters, says Jaitley

The government is planning to complete 2 crore houses in urban areas and 4 crore houses in rural areas under the scheme 'Housing for all'.

New Delhi: Adding futuristic approach to the Union Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the year 2022 will be the Amrut Mahotsav, the 75th year, of India's independence. "This will be our true and meaningful tribute to our freedom fighters," he said.

The government is planning to complete 2 crore houses in urban areas and 4 crore houses in rural areas under the scheme 'Housing for all'.

Jaitley said all the schemes should focus on and centre around the poor. "Each of us has to commit ourselves to this task of eliminating absolute poverty," he said.

The government has proposed extension of power supply to the the remaining 20,000 villages in the country, including by off-grid solar power generation.

Targeting 100 per cent literacy, the government will upgrade over 80,000 secondary schools and add 75,000 junior/middle, to the senior secondary level.

Jaitley said the increase in agricultural productivity and realization of reasonable prices for agricultural production is essential for the welfare of rural areas.

Emphasising on the spirit of entrepreneurship in India and new start-ups, he said Indian youth should be job-creators instead of job-seekers.

Talking about the development of Eastern and North Eastern regions of our country, the Finance Minister said, "They are lagging behind in development on many fronts. We need to ensure that they are on par with the rest of the country."

first published:February 28, 2015, 21:44 IST