DELHI : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for presenting what he termed a “people-friendly and progressive” Budget 2022-2023. After the Budget presentation, Prime Minister Modi said, “Budget this year has come with a new confidence of development amidst the once-in-a-century calamity”. Modi said the budget would create new opportunities for the common people along with providing strength to the economy. He said the budget is full of opportunities for more Infrastructure, more Investment, more growth, and more jobs. “Welfare of the poor is one of the most important aspect of this budget…Budget’s provisions aim to make agriculture lucrative and full of new opportunities,” PM Modi said. The Prime Minister said that the Budget was “full of opportunities for more Infrastructure, more Investment, more growth, and more jobs.” He said this would further open the green job sector. “This Budget not only solves the contemporary problems but also ensures bright future for the youth,” he further added. Modi said that the quest for modernity and technology in every sphere of life through steps such as drones for farmers, Vande Bharat Trains, digital currency, 5 G services, national digital health ecosystem will hugely benefit our youth, middle class, poor, Dalit and backward classes. The Prime Minister stressed that welfare of the poor is one of the most important aspect of this Budget. The Budget aims to ensure pucca house, toilet, tap water and gas connection for every poor household. At the same time focus is on modern Internet connectivity. Modi said for the first time in the country, ‘Parvatmala’ scheme is being started in regions like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu Kashmir and the North East. This scheme will create modern system of transportation in the hilly areas, he added. Prime Minister Modi said that along with the cleaning of Ganga, the government will encourage natural farming on the banks of the river in five states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. “This is a significant step for the welfare of the farmers and this will also help in making Ganga chemical-free,” he said. “Budget’s provisions aim to make agriculture lucrative and full of new opportunities. Measures like special fund for encouraging new agriculture startups and package for food processing industry will help in increasing income of farmers. More than 2.25 lakh crore rupees are being transferred in the account of the farmers through MSP purchase, the Prime Minister said.