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Budget 2013: Time for a responsible budget

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Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has promised a “responsible” budget this time around. According to Webster’s dictionary, “responsibility” is associated with a legal or moral accountability, reliability, trustworthiness in relation with some burden.

What would this possibly mean for the budget’s key stakeholders — business, the middle class, investors and voters?

The UPA government has made welfare spending its primary electoral plank, which was activated a year before the financial crisis of 2008/09. Considering that election fever will take over by the middle of the year, let’s hope Budget 2013 will demonstrate responsibility when dealing with electoral interests.

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