New Delhi, Feb 1 (PTI) Pitching for bridging urban-rural divide, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal Friday said the country’s poor have the first right over nation’s resources. Also Read - Nirmala Sitharaman Meets Infosys Officials, Reviews Tech Glitches On New I-T e-Filing Portal

Presenting the budget for 2019-20 in the Lok Sabha, Goyal said, “We plan to provide urban facilities in rural areas while preserving ‘soul of village’.” He further said the government has worked to bridge the urban-rural divide and “the poor have the first right over nation’s resources”. Also Read - Black Fungus Declared Epidemic in Delhi - What Does This Mean?

Highlighting the achivements of the government, mentioning the success of the Swachh Bharat Mission, Goyal said India has achieved over 98 per cent rural sanitation coverage and about 5.4 lakh villages have been made open defecation-free. Also Read - Coronavirus in India News And Updates: Take Action Against Those Engaging in Black Marketing of Oxygen and Medicines, HC tells Delhi Govt

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