Interim Budget 2019: Will Modi govt please voters with farm sops, tax cuts?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is expected to try and shore up its political support with big ticket farm giveaways and tax cuts for the middle class in its final federal budget on Friday, months before elections. Modi is facing growing discontent over depressed farm incomes and doubts over whether his policies are creating enough jobs.

A local media report on Thursday quoted a government survey as saying the jobless rate was the highest in at least 45 years, putting further pressure on the government. ALSO.

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