New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday praised India Inc, saying that the country’s job creators are the nation’s wealth creators while presenting the Union Budget. (Catch LIVE Updates of Union Budget 2019 Here)

“India Inc, our job creators, is the nation’s wealth creators. Together, we can prosper. I wish to propose a number of reforms to kickstart virtuous cycle of growth,” she said.

“When we aspire to reach 5 trillion dollars, many wonder whether it is possible. The target is eminently achievable, given our citizens’ desire and the leadership of the government,” she added.

Earlier she said that the objective of her government was a strong nation and strong people. “Our objective was and continues to be ‘Mazboot Desh Ke Liye Mazboot Nagrik’. With determined human efforts the task will surely be completed,” she said.

Sitharaman went on to recite a couplet and a quote from Kautilya’s ‘arthshastra’ while she presented the budget. “Yakeen ho toh koi rasta nikalta hai, hawa ki to kar bhi chiraag jalta hai” (You find ways somehow if you have faith. The lamp burns bright even in gushing wind), she said reciting a couple which was received with appreciation by members.

Affirming faith in the budget presented by her, Sitharaman asserted that Chankaya neeti says “Kaarya purusha kare na lakshyam sampa dayate”. (With determined human efforts the task will surely be completed.

She added that her government’s objective has been and continues to be “mazboot desh ke liye, mazboot nagrik” (strong citizen for a strong country). Breaking the tradition of carrying a briefcase to the Parliament for presenting the Budget, she posed outside the House with a ledger book instead.