• Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today held pre Budget discussions with agriculturalists in New Delhi.
  • What were the suggestions from thje farmers side?
  • The agricultural experts urged the government to increase investment in this area. They also called for improving supply chain to increase storage capacity. They said this will also help in curbing the inflation. 
  • Who else will the finance minister meet?
  • The Finance Minister will also meet trade union leaders. According to the official sources, meeting with CEOs of banks and financial institutions is likely to be scheduled on the 19th of this month. Issues like bank recapitalisation, access to affordable financial services, especially credit, insurance and interest rates are likely to be discussed in the meeting.
  • Mr. Mukherjee will also meet eminent economists to discuss the country's financial health and hammer out solutions for the difficult economic situation at present. The current fiscal has been difficult for the economy, with growth slipping to 6.9 per cent in the second quarter, the lowest in nine quarters.