Pre-budget conference to be held on Monday

Mukherjee will hold consultations with trade and industry bodies, economists, agriculturists, bankers and corporate honchos in the run up to the budget, which industry hopes will be growth-oriented.
“We will meet the FM for the pre-budget consultations on Monday,” Ficci President Harsh Pati Singhania said as he plans to ask the government for steps to restore economic growth, ensure national security and improve governance. Apart from industry bodies like Ficci, CII, Assocham and Fieo, industry sources say the Finance Minister will hold discussions with corporate honchos like Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani, Kumarmangalam Birla and Sunil Bharti Mittal.
“The regular budget 2009-10 exercises are underway in full swing,” Mukherjee had said on Thursday pointing out that the Congress in its manifesto had promised to come out with the Budget within 45 days of the government formation.

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