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FM Sitharaman meets ex-PM Manmohan Singh prior to Budget

Finance Minister NirmalaSitharaman on Thursday met former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence ahead of presenting her maiden Budget on July 5.Singh, who is known as the architect of economic reforms, was also the Finance Minister of the country from 1991 to 1996 in the then NarasimhaRao government.There was no official statement on the meeting which is seen as a courtesy call.

What transpired at the meeting is not known, but coming ahead of the first Union Budget of the new government to be presented by Sitharaman on July 5, it understood to have centredaround the economy.

Sources said, though a courtesy meeting, the Finance Minister may have discussed what needs to be done to bring the economy back on the growth path.