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Lively Interaction, Nirmala Sitharaman’s Chat With Students At Andhra Pradesh, Telangana Bhawan Canteen

'Lively Interaction': Nirmala Sitharaman's Chat With Students Over Lunch At Bhawan Canteen

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with students at Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana Bhawan

New Delhi:

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today visited Andhra Pradesh Bhawan and Telangana Bhawan in Delhi, where she held discussions with college students and those who aspire to join the central civil services through the highly competitive Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Ms Sitharaman spoke to the students as they enjoyed a meal at the bhavan canteens, her office said in a post on the microblogging website X.

“The students from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu enthusiastically asked her questions about the future prospects of the Indian economy, opportunities in the sunrise sectors for the youth, how the digital economy is shaping India, India’s hosting of the G20, and other issues being raised in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections such as inheritance and wealth tax,” the Finance Minister’s office said in the post.

Ms Sitharaman told the students that digital payments via UPI in India have been creating records month after month, and that India’s stack was praised by world leaders during the G20 presidency. She also explained opportunities and concerns linked to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

“Lively interaction with students during lunchtime at Andhra/Telangana Bhavan canteen in Delhi. Also UPSC aspirants were curious about India becoming 3rd largest economy. Discussed issues on infra, forex, new education policy, entry into politics, privatisation and employment. Good wishes to all,” Ms Sitharaman also posted from her personal handle on X.

The government is committed to providing varied skill sets to the youth in order to not only help them get ample employment opportunities, but also create employment opportunities for others, her office said. She highlighted to the students the success of MUDRA and low-cost collateral-free credit schemes and how they are helping people become job creators.

The Finance Minister paid floral tribute to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar at his statue during her visit to the two bhavans.