February 24, 2001: Bharat Online, MTNL’s portal site is covering Railway and Union Budget 2001-02 online. The section dedicated to the Budget bring online the proceedings of the Railway and Union Budget scheduled for the 26th and the 28th of February, respectively.
Accessible directly at http://bol.net.in /budget2001, the site will not only cover the budget-session for the year, but is offering a host of other interesting and informative features, which will be followed by a post-budget analysis by experts in the field. Visitors to the site can have a Macro-economic view of the country with the help of key indicators like industrial growth, inflation figures, trade balance, forex etc. The site also provides a clear view of the Pre-budget scenario in the country through topics like Economic Survey Report, Fiscal Deficit, Disinvestment and Interviews with Industry and financial experts on important issues before the current finance minister.
The site also features the expectations of various stakeholders from the budget including CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, FII and also those of political parties including BJP, Congress etc. in the form of a Wish List. The Sectorial Preview focuses on major industrial sectors of the Indian economy.
The portal offers interactive features like online opinion polls and BOLBudget-Flash – an e-mail based newsletter service during the event. Visitors can also participate in the Online Discussion board that displays their messages for the other visitors to read and respond. An additional attraction on the website is an array of witty and colourful cartoons and caricatures by UN award-winner cartoonist Mr Paresh Nath.
An interactive Income Tax calculator for the Assessment Year 2001-2002 comes as a handy tool for the visitors to the website. The Budget Glossary and Ask Our Expert sections make the website even more useful and interactive.
Following the concept of ‘america-on-line’— the largest and the most popular portal site on the world wide web, MTNL ‘s BOL showcases Indian culture and the developments made in various contexts. It also hosts various ongoing Indian and international events.
The site also features general topics covering news-updates, weather, classifieds, etc.; special interest sections like sports, technology, trade and business, travel and tourism, entertainment, health, and a host of other interactive facilities like e-mail service and discussion panels available to the Net users free of charge.
The site is being maintained by IndiaMART Intermesh Limited, the creators of http://www.IndiaMART.com, India’s largest online B2B marketplace.