New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference after presenting the Union Budget 2019-20. (PTI) 

Budget 2019: Government Proposes Setting Up Of National Research Foundation

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the government will set up a National Research Foundation to fund, coordinate and promote research in the country.

The NRF will assimilate the research grants being given by various ministries independent of each other, Sitharaman said in her maiden budget speech.

"The NRF will ensure that the overall research ecosystem in the country is strengthened with focus on identified thrust areas relevant to our national priorities and towards basic science without duplication of effort and expenditure," she said.

Sitharaman said "a very progressive and research-oriented structure for the NRF" should be worked out.

"The funds available with all ministries will be integrated in the NRF. This would be adequately supplemented with additional funds," the minister said.

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