Senior Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram has charged the BJP government with cutting funds to the tune of Rs 75,000 crore for various welfare schemes, including the noon meal scheme and Indira Group House scheme.
Indicating chinks in the Congress in Kerala over protecting Finance Minister KM Mani, facing bribery charges in the bar scam, a senior party leader on Wednesday suggested the FM takes rest as he has gone through huge physical and mental strain in the past few months and that the Chief Minister temporarily take over the portfolio.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the media worldwide should reflect on issues surrounding the BBC gangrape documentary like whether a media organisation should allow its platform to be used by a rapist to justify his innocence.
Haryana government on Saturday challenged the opposition parties which are raising hue and cry over the white paper on state finances, to prove that the data pertaining to state's fiscal position is incorrect.
Reinstating government's commitment on implementing the 'One Rank, One Pension' policy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the issue is pending as the method of calculating pension is stuck between the Armed Services and the Defence Ministry.
Home Ministry was on Saturday allocated Rs 62,124.52 crore in the Union Budget, a modest 10.2 per cent jump over the outlay in last fiscal, with special focus on safety of women, rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits and internal security.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday hailed the Budget presented by his colleague Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying he has presented a "forward looking" and "progressive" one that highlights the contours of 'new India'.
Reacting to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's proposed medical schemes for Jammu and Kashmir in his 2015 Union Budget, former chief minister of the state Omar Abdullah on Saturday said that efforts should be made to raise the already established SKIMS to global standards.