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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBIC) ‘Investment Ceremony’ to award the President’s Awards for the years 2020-21 and 2021- 22, in Bangalore, on Monday, March 7, 2022. (Photo PTI)

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday called the budget presented last month “special” as it provides a window for the next 25 years for India when it celebrates 100 years of independence.

“We understood the strength and it showed very clearly in the sense that for a country during the pandemic, with all the lockdown and its restrictions, you could still manage 42 or 45 unicorns in two years. It is in fact the power of youth. The power of ideas, the power of showing that entrepreneurs are capable of delivering and that is what we have seen during these two years. So this budget is special because we recognize that nearly 60% of the Indian population is in a rush to move out and that the Indian population, all of whom are under 30, will be the next generation to bring out the next 25 years the best talents that India can put on. Therefore, we wanted this budget to speak for the next 25 years,” she said at the India Global Forum annual summit.

Wildlife advocates oppose Wildlife Protection Act amendment that allows sale and purchase of elephants

A few days after the Wildlife Protection Amendment Bill, 2021 was tabled in Parliament during the last session of the winter session and the MP for Rajya Sabha and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Environment, Forestry and Climate Change, Jairam Ramesh, said the bill had not been based on broad consultations and that the committee will consider the 50 proposed amendments, a petition on change.org by the Federation of Indian Animal Welfare Organizations (FIAPO) was launched to get the proposed amendment removed.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Sirjana Nijjar, Program Manager, FIAPO, said the biggest problem with the bill is the insertion of a new clause in Section 43 which will allow the sale and purchase of elephants which are currently prohibited.