Is India Still Talking and Thinking .. Common Man Budget – Highlights of Budget 2018 India

Is India Still Talking and Thinking ..  Common Man Budget - Highlights of Budget 2018 India

Here are the updates on the finance minister’s Union Budget 2018
speech:
• Propose to increase the custom duty on mobiles from 15% to 20% and on
some other mobile parts to 15%, and some parts of TVs to 15%.
• Propose to increase the health and education cess to 4%
• Propose to tax long term capital gains exceeding Rs 1 lakh in listed stock
at 10%.
• Rs 50,000 additional benefit to senior citizens for investment in
mediclaim.
• A standard deduction of additional Rs 40,000 for salaried employees. This
move will benefit 2.5 crore taxpayers.
• No changes in the structure of income tax of individuals.
• Rs 7000 crore will be the revenue foregone for the reduced corporate tax
on MSMEs.
• I propose to extend the benefit of the reduced corporate rate of 25% for
companies with reported turnover of up to Rs 250 crore.
• 100% tax deduction for the first five years to companies registered as
farmer producer companies with a turnover of Rs. 100 crore and above.
• 41% more returns were filed this year, which shows that more people have
joined the tax net.
• Demonetisation was received by honest taxpayers as ‘Imaandaari ka
utsav’.
• Revised fiscal deficit estimate for 2017-18 is 3.5% of GDP, fiscal deficit of
3.3% expected for 2018-19.
• Automatic revision of MPs’ emoluments every five years, indexed to
inflation.
• Emoluments of President, Vice President and Governor being revised: Rs 5 lakh; 4 lakh; Rs 3.5 lakh per month respectively.

• Exceeded the disinvestment target and collected Rs 1 lakh crore: FM.
• The government insurance companies to be merged into a single entity,
and subsequently listed in the stock exchange, as part of the
disinvestment programme.
• The government will assign every enterprise in India a unique ID on the
lines of Aadhaar.
• The government has identified 372 basic business reform actions. Each
state will take up these reforms.
• We will explore the use of blockchain.
• Rs 5.97 lakh crore allocated for infrastructure spending in India.
• 5 lakh WiFi hotspots to be set up in rural areas to provide easy Internet
access.
• Redevelopment of 600 major railway stations has been taken up; Mumbai
transport system is being expanded; suburban network of 160 km planned
for Bengaluru.
• The government proposes to revamp the system of sanctioning of loans to
SMEs. The information required for sanctioning the loan will be linked
with GSTN and all required information can be fetched from GSTN Portal.
It will help to grant the loans quickly and will help in reducing processing
time.
• UDAN will connect 56 unserved airports in India.
• An institute is coming up at Vadodara to train people for the bullet train
programme.
• AMRUT programme will focus on water supply to all households in 500
cities. Water supply contracts for 494 projects worth 19,428 core awarded.
• Rs 1,48,528 crore is the capital expenditure for the Indian Railways for
2018-19… All trains to be progressively provided with WiFi, CCTV and
other state-of-the-art amenities.
• Bharatmala project approved for better road connectivity at Rs 5.35 lakh
crore.
• Proposal to develop 10 prominent tourist destinations as Iconic tourism
destinations.
• Women’s contribution reduced to 8.33% towards PF in the first 3 years for
new EPF accounts… The government will contribute 12% of EPF
contribution for new employees in all sectors.
• 70 lakh farming jobs have been created this year, shows an independent
study.
• Rs 3 lakh crore allocated for PM MUDRA Yojana.
• The government is slowly but steadily progressing towards universal
health coverage.
• Announce allocation of Rs. 56,619 crore for SC welfare and Rs. 39,135
crore for ST welfare
• Healthcare stocks trading higher after the government said it proposed to
cover 100 million families via healthcare protection scheme. Apollo
Hospital Ltd rose 4.1%, Thyrocare Technologies Ltd 2.6%, Healthcare
Global Enterprises Ltd rose 3%.
• Mass formalization of MSME sector is happening after demonetization
and GST.
Total 187 projects sanctioned under the Namami Gange programme.
• 24 new government medical colleges and hospitals to be set up by
upgrading existing district hospitals.
• Rs 600 crore for nutritional support to TB patients.
• One medical college per every three constituency.
• Have decided to take healthcare protection to a new aspirational level.
Launching a flagship National Health Protection Scheme to cover 10 crore
poor and vulnerable families, benefiting approx. 50 crore. Providing Rs 5
lakh per family per year for medical reimbursement, under National
Health Protection Scheme. This will be world’s largest health protection
scheme
• Rs 1200 crore for the flagship programme in health wellness centres.
• Eighteen new schools of planning and architecure will be set up… I
propose railway university in Vodadara.
• Eklavya schools to be started for Scheduled Tribe population… Scheme for
revitalizing school infrastructure, with an allocation of 1 lakh crore rupees
over four years. Called RISE – Revitalizing Infrastructure in School
Education.
• Integrated B.Ed programme to be initiated for teachers, to improve quality of teachers.


• Technology will be the biggest driver in improving education.
• Rs 14.34 lakh crore to be spent for providing livelihood to rural India
through infrastructure building.
• Loans to self help groups will increase to Rs 75,000 crore by March 2019.
• We aim that by 2022, all poor people have a house to live in.
• In the next financial year, we target the construction of two crore toilets.
• Removal of crop residue to be subsidised in order to tackle the problem of
pollution due to burning of crop residue:
• Ujwala will give 8 crore women new LPG connections.
• Special scheme to address air pollution in Delhi-NCR region.
• Credit for agricultural activities is up from Rs 10 lakh crore to Rs 11 lakh
crore .
• Fishery and aquaculture and animal husbandry funds with a total corpus
of Rs 10,000 crore.
• Agri-Market Development Fund with a corpus of Rs 2000 crore to be set
up for developing agricultural markets.
• Restructured National Bamboo Mission to be launched with an allocation
of Rs 1290 crore to promote bamboo sector in a holistic manner.
• Grameen Agricultural Market (GRAM) will provide farmers a means to sell
directly to buyers.
• Rs 500 crore announced for Operation Green.
• Allocation to food processing ministry is being doubled from Rs 715 crore
to Rs 1400 crore.
• Cluster-model approach to be adopted for agricultural production.
• The focus is on low-cost farming, higher MSP. Emphasis is on generating
farm and non-farm employment for farmers.
• 470 APMCs have been connected to eNAM network, the rest to be
connected by March 2018… Agri-Market Development Fund with a corpus
of 2000 crore to be set up for developing agricultural markets
• Desh mein krishi utpadan record star par hai, 2022 tak kisaano ki aay
dugni karenge.
• Agri-related stocks gain after it is said MSP for all crops to be increased by
1.5 times. Kaveri Seeds Co Ltd rose 2.4%, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd 2.1%,
Escorst Ltd rose 5%, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd rose 2.2%.
• The government will ensure payment of full MSP even if farmers sell
below MSP.
• The Minimum Support Price of all crops shall be increased to at least 1.5
times that of the production cost.
• Our government has ensured that services and benefits reach people
directly. The direct benefit transfer in India is the biggest such exercise in
the world.
• Maximum governance, minimum government has ensured India has
climbed 42 places in the ease of doing business… We are now working
toward easing of living in India
• Budget 2018 will focus on agriculture and rural economy, health, infra,
senior citizens: FM
• This year’s budget will focus on strengthening rural and agricultural
economy.
• India grew at an average of 7.5% in the first three years since 2014. It is
now a 2.5 trillion dollar economy.
• All the structural reforms will help the economy in the short and longterm…
India is expected to become the fifth largest economy very soon.
• Our government has implemented structural reforms.
• India stands out as the fastest growing economy in the world… There is a
premium on honesty.
• Finance minister Arun Jaitley begins his Budget speech.


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