The minister said the government has sought Rs 40,000 crore towards MNREGA, thus taking the total outgo towards Rs 1 trillion, the highest so far. The budget for 2020-21 has earmarked about Rs 61,500 crore for MNREGA.
Besides MNREGA, the allocations are being increased for people-centric schemes like PM Garib Kalyan Yojana and other social welfare schemes, Sitharaman added.
Further, she said that because of the digital initiatives of the Prime Minister, now it has become possible to send money directly into the accounts of poor people.
According to the minister, large increase in the number of demat accounts opened in recent months was a reflection of the faith of people in the economy.
Regarding GST compensation to the states, the minister said that the Centre
was not reneging from its responsibility and that the matter will be discuss in the GST Council.