The Great Debate (India)

What do you expect from Budget 2011?

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Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will present the annual budget in parliament on February 28.

The government is already facing criticism over high inflation. What are your expectations from the finance minister?

Should personal income tax slabs be relaxed further? What should be done to control soaring food prices?

Reuters journalist Urvashi Sibal gets us some expectations from people in the capital.

What would you have done differently if you were FM?

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Pranab MukherjeeThe government raised personal income tax slabs for 2010/11, which could result in a net tax saving of 20,000 to 50,000 rupees for those earnings above 300,000 rupees.

Fuel prices — Petrol (by 2.71 rupees) per litre and diesel ( 2.55 rupees a litre) — would be raised from Friday midnight.Are you happy with Budget 2010/11?

What would you do if you were the FM?

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The task before the finance minister is tricky as the Congress-led government gears up to present the annual budget for 2009-10 on July 6.

Reuters India asks its readers to don the FM’s cap and tell us what shape they would give to the budget to keep a country of over 1 billion people happy.

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