New Delhi, July 6 -- Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her and the 17th Lok Sabha's first budget. In doing so, she broke a significant glass ceiling as it makes her the first full-time woman finance minister to present a budget. In an interview to Doordarshan, Sitharaman spoke on a host of issues including certitude in the government promoting electric vehicles and the road to making India a $5 trillion economy.

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Which challenges did you have in mind while you were preparing the budget draft? What was the soul of this first budget?

I think, power of the people defines the spirit of the budget. We want to send out a message that if we people have purusharth (hard work), aasha (hope) and aakansha (aspirati...