Not a suitcase carrying government
Sitharaman, who emphasised on reviving traditional culture and practices of doing business, said she did not carry a suitcase to Parliament on Budget Day, as the baggage has nothing to do with the Modi Government.
Stating that her not carrying the 'English' suitcase to Parliament to present the Budegt became big news, she reminded the audience that it was a practice in the country during Navaratri or Pooja to respect books with a vermilion mark, flower and Akshatha (rice offered during pooja).
"That is our culture. All of us do that. But of course, I did not put turmeric, verimillion or Akshatha on the budget copy. It is a secular government. But yet, I haven't carried a leather suitcase also," Sitharaman said.
"There were also discussions on whether it was not taken because it is made of leather. No, I did not think to that level. When it comes to a suitcase, it has another connotation. We are not a government carrying suitcases. There is no use for a suitcase in the Modi government. It is not in our culture to purchase by giving a suitcase. No body has the business of carrying suitcase in this government. Giving and taking are transparent through tender notice and that is why I thought we don't need the suitcase," she said.
She added that the Nagarathar community should work with the government to provide the culture practices in business and soft skills that have been developed traditionally over the years. Sitharaman asserted that the government was not just talking about Ease of Doing Business, but was also speaking about Ease of living. While the government will support ease of doing business for the youth, the people should also be able to live their lives without worrying too much. The government is trying to bring the improvements in the system to achieve this.