New Delhi, July 6 -- Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday expanded the scope of ease of doing business to rural enterprises and recognised entrepreneurs making legitimate profits as nation's wealth creators.

"Ease of doing business and ease of living both should apply to farmers too," she said in her Budget speech. She assured them that the Centre will work with state governments to allow farmers to benefit from the National Agriculture Market or eNAM, a pan-India electronic trading portal that creates a unified national market for agricultural commodities. Farmers can get a better price for their produce without being exploited by the middleman through eNAM.

"The Agriculture Produce Marketing Cooperatives (APMC) Act should not h...