The Union Budget 2018 was just announced and popular news platform Twitter has witnessed a huge surge in budget-related conversations, garnering over 240,000 tweets in January. This is twice the volume than in December last year, the company has said. The numbers seem to be going up higher at the moment with people now posting their reactions and views about the announcement.
Twitter had earlier announced that a series of live activations for the #Budget2018 with the Ministry of Finance(@FinMinIndia) would stream highlights on the platform. As per the company, over the next two days, people would be able to watch the #Budget2018 speech from Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley), participate in the live Q&A with the Minister at #AskYourFM and join the budget verdict discussions on Twitter.
"Twitter is the best and fastest place to see what's happening in India and around the world. #Budget2018 is an important national conversation and we are proud to live stream the updates on twitter and propel the discussion on the platform," said Amrita Tripathi, News Partnerships, Twitter India.
Besides people who prefer a more data-friendly way to access the #Budget2018 conversation could follow the hashtags and accounts via Twitter Lite (mobile.twitter.com). Well, talking about Twitter Lite, it is a data-friendly, mobile web experience where users are able to get the same real-time updates on #Budget2018 with click-to-play options for videos and images.
People can search #Budget2018, #Budget, #UnionBudget2018, #UnionBudget, #GST, among others to know about the budget-related posts and conversations.
Post the announcement, people have been quick to publish their views as well. And seemingly the tweets have gone up since then.
Meanwhile, the 2018 Union Budget, presented by Finance minister Arun Jaitley, there have been mixed reactions to it. While the government has said that it is "farmer-friendly and citizen friendly" the Opposition party has, in fact, launched an attack on the center. The Opposition parties have called it an "election budget" while former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said he was "worried" about the 2018 budget's "fiscal arithmetic". The opposition also attacked the new healthcare scheme, described by Niti Aayog chief Amitabh Kant as a "path-breaking scheme" and touted as the world's largest health care programme, saying only Rs. 2,000 crore was allocated for it.
Meanwhile, Union minister Nitin Gadkari has told NDTV that this was "the first time that a budget for Bharat (rural India)" was proposed in the parliament. Mr. Gadkari expressed that he was happy the government was increasing the volume of credit for the farm sector.
Inputs from IANS