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Budget 2019: Piyush Goyal, top officials arrive at the Parliament ahead of the budget presentation

Updated : 2019-02-01 10:56:29

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is expected to try and shore up its political support with big ticket farm giveaways and tax cuts for the middle class in its final federal budget on Friday, months before elections.

Modi is facing growing discontent over depressed farm incomes and doubts over whether his policies are creating enough jobs. A local media report on Thursday quoted a government survey as saying the jobless rate was the highest in at least 45 years, putting further pressure on the government.

Top officials and ministers arrive at the Parliament ahead of the budget presentation which will be made by Piyush Goyal, the interim finance minister, in the absence of finance minister Arun Jaitley, who is currently in the United States for medical treatment.

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Finance minister Piyush Goyal stands outside his office at North Block holding the briefcase containing the Union budget in New Delhi, Friday, February 1, 2019. (PTI Photo/ Arun Sharma)
Finance minister Piyush Goyal stands outside his office at North Block holding the briefcase containing the Union budget in New Delhi, Friday, February 1, 2019. (PTI Photo/ Arun Sharma)
Onlookers gather outside the Cabinet meeting venue in Parliament hall. February 1, 2019.
Onlookers gather outside the Cabinet meeting venue in Parliament hall. February 1, 2019.
Finance minister Piyush Goyal calls on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan before presenting the Union Budget. February 1, 2019.
Finance minister Piyush Goyal calls on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan before presenting the Union Budget. February 1, 2019.
Finance minister Piyush Goyal as well as MoS (Finance) Shiv Pratap Shukla calls on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan before presenting the Union Budget. February 1, 2019.
Finance minister Piyush Goyal as well as MoS (Finance) Shiv Pratap Shukla calls on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan before presenting the Union Budget. February 1, 2019.
Finance secretary Rajeev Kumar and revenue secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey arrive at the Parliament ahead of the Budget presentation. Friday, February 1, 2019.
Finance secretary Rajeev Kumar and revenue secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey arrive at the Parliament ahead of the Budget presentation. Friday, February 1, 2019.
Finance minister Piyush Goyal (C) displays a briefcase containing the Union budget to be presented at the Parliament today, outside his North Block office in New Delhi, Friday,  February 1, 2019. (PTI Photo/ Arun Sharma)
Finance minister Piyush Goyal (C) displays a briefcase containing the Union budget to be presented at the Parliament today, outside his North Block office in New Delhi, Friday,  February 1, 2019. (PTI Photo/ Arun Sharma)
Finance minister Piyush Goyal displays a briefcase containing the Union budget to be presented at the Parliament today, outside his North Block office in New Delhi, Friday,  February 1, 2019. (PTI Photo/ Arun Sharma)
Finance minister Piyush Goyal displays a briefcase containing the Union budget to be presented at the Parliament today, outside his North Block office in New Delhi, Friday,  February 1, 2019. (PTI Photo/ Arun Sharma)
Union finance minister Piyush Goyal arrives at North Block to present the Union Budget at the Parliament, in New Delhi, Friday, February 1, 2019. (PTI Photo/ Arun Sharma)
Union finance minister Piyush Goyal arrives at North Block to present the Union Budget at the Parliament, in New Delhi, Friday, February 1, 2019. (PTI Photo/ Arun Sharma)
Media gather in front of the Parliament before the Budget presentation in parliament. Friday, February 1, 2019.
Media gather in front of the Parliament before the Budget presentation in parliament. Friday, February 1, 2019.
Economic affairs secretary Subhash Chandra Garg arrive at the Parliament. Friday, February 1, 2019.
Economic affairs secretary Subhash Chandra Garg arrive at the Parliament. Friday, February 1, 2019.
Ahead of the budget presentation by interim finance minister Piyush Goyal, economic affairs secretary Subhash Chandra Garg arrive at the Parliament. Friday, February 1, 2019.
Ahead of the budget presentation by interim finance minister Piyush Goyal, economic affairs secretary Subhash Chandra Garg arrive at the Parliament. Friday, February 1, 2019.
The budget copy is being shown after brought to the Parliament complex ahead of the budget presentation by interim finance minister Piyush Goyal. Friday, February 1, 2019.
The budget copy is being shown after brought to the Parliament complex ahead of the budget presentation by interim finance minister Piyush Goyal. Friday, February 1, 2019.
The printed copies of Budget 2019-20 are being security checked in the Parliament complex ahead of the budget presentation by interim finance minister Piyush Goyal. Friday, February 1, 2019.
The printed copies of Budget 2019-20 are being security checked in the Parliament complex ahead of the budget presentation by interim finance minister Piyush Goyal. Friday, February 1, 2019.
The printed copies of Budget 2019-20 are being security checked in the Parliament complex ahead of the budget presentation by interim finance minister Piyush Goyal. Friday, February 1, 2019.
The printed copies of Budget 2019-20 are being security checked in the Parliament complex ahead of the budget presentation by interim finance minister Piyush Goyal. Friday, February 1, 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, arrives on the opening day of the budget session of the Parliament, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, January 31, 2019. The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government will present its last budget of five-year tenure on February 1 as it prepares to face tens of millions of voters in national elections to be held by May. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, arrives on the opening day of the budget session of the Parliament, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, January 31, 2019. The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government will present its last budget of five-year tenure on February 1 as it prepares to face tens of millions of voters in national elections to be held by May. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, arrives with his cabinet colleagues on the opening day of the budget session of the Parliament, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, arrives with his cabinet colleagues on the opening day of the budget session of the Parliament, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center left in blue vest, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, second right, along with other dignitaries enter the central hall of the Parliament in a procession to mark the beginning of the budget session in New Delhi, India, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center left in blue vest, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, second right, along with other dignitaries enter the central hall of the Parliament in a procession to mark the beginning of the budget session in New Delhi, India, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
President Ram Nath Kovind, right, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, along with other dignitaries enter the central hall of the parliament in a procession to mark the beginning of the budget session in New Delhi, India, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
President Ram Nath Kovind, right, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, along with other dignitaries enter the central hall of the parliament in a procession to mark the beginning of the budget session in New Delhi, India, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, with his cabinet colleagues speaks to media on the opening day of the budget session of the parliament, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, with his cabinet colleagues speaks to media on the opening day of the budget session of the parliament, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center left in blue vest, with Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, center along with other dignitaries enter the central hall of the parliament in a procession to mark the beginning of the budget session in New Delhi, India, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center left in blue vest, with Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, center along with other dignitaries enter the central hall of the parliament in a procession to mark the beginning of the budget session in New Delhi, India, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, second left, adjusts his hair after being received by his cabinet colleagues on the opening day of the budget session of the parliament, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, second left, adjusts his hair after being received by his cabinet colleagues on the opening day of the budget session of the parliament, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, with his cabinet colleagues speaks to media on the opening day of the budget session of the parliament, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, with his cabinet colleagues speaks to media on the opening day of the budget session of the parliament, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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