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India aims to use budget to woo rural voters

The budget is likely to offer incentives to the farm sector and small businesses. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will likely step up funding of existing rural programmes such as a jobs guarantee scheme, rural housing and a crop insurance plan.

New Delhi

INDIA'S government will be trying to woo back rural voters and small businesses when it announces the 2018/19 budget on Thursday and pick up economic momentum as it heads into a season of elections, officials said.

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