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  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget for 2016-17.

  • Growth of Economy accelerated to 7.6% in 2015-16.

  • India hailed as a ‘bright spot’ amidst a slowing global economy by IMF.

  • Robust growth achieved despite very unfavourable global conditions and two consecutive years shortfall in monsoon by 13%

  • Foreign exchange reserves touched highest ever level of about 350 billion US dollars.

  • Despite increased devolution to States by 55% as a result of the 14th Finance Commission award, plan expenditure increased at RE stage in 2015-16 – in contrast to earlier years.

Tax

  • Infrastructure and agriculture cess to be levied.

  • Excise duty raised from 10 to 15 per cent on tobacco products other than beedis.

  • 1 per cent service charge on purchase of luxury cars over Rs. 10 lakh and in-cash purchase of goods and services over Rs. 2 lakh.

  • SUVs, Luxury cars to be more expensive. 4% high capacity tax for SUVs.

  • Companies with revenue less than Rs 5 crore to be taxed at 29% plus surcharge

  • Limited tax compliance window from Jun 1 – Sep 30 for declaring undisclosed income at 45% incl. surcharge and penalties

  • Excise 1 per cent imposed on articles of jewellery, excluding silver.

  • 0.5 per cent Krishi Kalyan Cess to be levied on all services.

  • Pollution cess of 1 per cent on small petrol, LPG and CNG cars; 2.5 per cent on diesel cars of certain specifications; 4 per cent on higher-end models.

  • Dividend in excess of Rs. 10 lakh per annum to be taxed at additional 10 per cent.

Personal Finance

  • No changes have been made to existing income tax slabs

  • Rs 1,000 crore allocated for new EPF (Employees’ Provident Fund) scheme

  • Govt. will pay EPF contribution of 8.33% for all new employees for first three years

  • Deduction for rent paid will be raised from Rs 20,000 to Rs 60,000 to benefit those living in rented houses.

  • Additional exemption of Rs. 50,000 for housing loans up to Rs. 35 lakh, provided cost of house is not above Rs. 50 lakh.

  • Service tax exempted for housing construction of houses less than 60 sq. m

  • 15 per cent surcharge on income above Rs. 1 crore

Social

  • Rs. 38,500 crore for Mahtma Gandhi MGNREGA for 2016-17

  • Swacch Bharat Abhiyan allocated Rs.9,500 crores.

  • Hub to support SC/ST entrpreneurs

  • Government is launching a new initiative to provide cooking gas to BPL families with state support.

  • LPG connections to be provided under the name of women members of family: Rs 2000 crore allocated for 5 years for BPL families.

  • 2.87 lakh crore grants to gram panchayats and municipalities – a quantum jump of 228%.

  • 300 urban clusters to be set up under Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission

  • Four schemes for animal welfare.

Health

  • 2.2 lakh renal patients added every year in India. Basic dialysis equipment gets some relief.

  • A new health protection scheme for health cover upto 1 lakh per family.

  • National Dialysis Service Prog with funds thru PPP mode to provide dialysis at all district hospitals.

  • Senior citizens will get additional healthcare cover of Rs 30,000 under the new scheme

  • PM Jan Aushadhi Yojana to be strengthened, 300 generic drug store to be opened

Education

  • Scheme to get Rs.500 cr for promoting entrepreneurship among SC/ST

  • 10 public and 10 private educational institutions to be made world-class.

  • Digital repository for all school leaving certificates and diplomas. Rs. 1,000 crore for higher education financing.

  • Rs. 1,700 crore for 1500 multi-skill development centres.

  • 62 new navodaya vidyalayas to provide quality education

  • Digital literacy scheme to be launched to cover 6 crore additional rural households

  • Entrepreneurship training to be provided across schools, colleges and massive online courses.

  • Objective to skill 1 crore youth in the next 3 years under the PM Kaushal Vikas Yojna-FM Jaitley

  • National Skill Development Mission has imparted training to 76 lakh youth. 1500 Multi-skill training institutes to be set up.

Energy

  • Rs. 3000 crore earmarked for nuclear power generation

  • Govt drawing comprehensive plan to be implemented in next 15-20 years for exploiting nuclear energy

  • Govt to provide incentive for deepwater gas exploration

  • Deepwater gas new disc to get calibrated market freedom, pre-determined ceiling price based on landed price of alternate fuels.

Investments and infrastructure

  • Rs. 27,000 crore to be spent on roadways

  • 65 eligible habitats to be connected via 2.23 lakh kms of road. Current construction pace is 100 kms/day

  • Shops to be given option to remain open all seven days in a week across markets.

  • Rs. 55,000 crore for roads and highways. Total allocation for road construction, including PMGSY, – Rs 97,000 crore

  • India’s highest-ever production of motor vehicles was recorded in 2015

  • Total outlay for infrastructure in Budget 2016 now stands at Rs. 2,21,246 crore

  • New greenfield ports to be developed on east and west coasts

  • Revival of underserved airports. Centre to Partner with States to revive small airports for regional connectivity

  • 100 per cent FDI in marketing of food products produced and marketed in India

  • Dept. of Disinvestment to be renamed as Dept. of Investment and Public Asset Management

  • Govt will amend Motor Vehicle Act in passenger vehicle segment to allow innovation.

  • MAT will be applicable for startups that qualify for 100 per cent tax exemption

  • Direct tax proposals result in revenue loss of Rs.1060 crore, indirect tax proposals result in gain of Rs.20,670 crore

Agriculture

  • Total allocation for agriculture and farmer welfare at Rs 35984 crores

  • 28.5 lakh heactares of land wil be brought under irrigation.

  • 5 lakh acres to be brought under organic farming over a three year period

  • Rs 60,000 crore for recharging of ground water recharging as there is urgent need to focus on drought hit areas cluster development for water conservation.

  • Dedicated irrigation fund in NABARD of Rs.20.000 cr

  • Nominal premium and highest ever compensation in case of crop loss under the PM Fasal Bima Yojna.

Banking

  • Banks get a big boost: Rs 25,000 crore towards recapitalisation of public sector banks. Jaitley says: Banking Board Bureau will be operationalised, we stand solidly behind public sector banks.

  • Target of disbursement under MUDRA increased to 1,80,000 crore

  • Process of transfer of government stake in IDBI Bank below 50% started

  • General Insurance companies will be listed in the stock exchange

  • Govt to increase ATMs, micro-ATMs in post offices in next three years