New Delhi: While presenting the Interim Budget 2019-20 in Parliament today, the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal said that seventh dimension of our vision for the next decade aims at the Outer Skies. Our space programme – Gaganyaan, India becoming the launch-pad of satellites for the World and placing an Indian astronaut into space by 2022 reflect this dimension of our vision, the Minister said.

Given below is the budget allocation for some major schemes of Department of Space:

(Rs in crore)

Scheme2017-18

Actuals

2018-19

BE

2018-19

RE

2019-20

BE

Space Technology5,9486,5766,9937,483
Space Applications1,5401,7461,5951,885
INSAT Satellite Systems5654121,330884

Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the interim budget has taken care of all sections of the society and termed it a “trailer” ahead of the “budget which, after elections, will take India on the path to development”.

“From middle class to labourers, from farmers’ growth to the development of businessmen, from manufacturing to MSME sector, from growth of the economy to development of New India, everyone has been taken care of in this interim budget,” he said.

Terming the budget as pro-poor and pro-farmer, the government took a dig at the Congress for criticising it as “BJP’s election manifesto” and said that “those sitting in AC rooms” cannot understand the plight of farmers.

On the other hand, the Congress termed the interim budget as “BJP’s election manifesto”.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi termed the budget as “Akhiri Jumla Budget” and targeted the government over the announcement of direct cash transfer of Rs 6,000 per year for marginalised farmers.