General Budget 2018-19 Highlights…
Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley presents general Budget 2018-19 in Parliament. Highlights of the budget are as follow…
# Budget guided by mission to strengthen agriculture, rural development, health, education, employment, MSME and infrastructure sectors.
# Government says, a series of structural reforms will propel India among the fastest growing economies of the world. Country firmly on course to achieve over 8 % growth as manufacturing, services and exports back on good growth path.
# MSP for all unannounced kharif crops will be one and half times of their production cost like majority of rabi crops: Institutional Farm Credit raised to 11 lakh crore in 2018-19 from 8.5 lakh crore in 2014-15.
# 22,000 rural haats to be developed and upgraded into Gramin Agricultural Markets to protect the interests of 86% small and marginal farmers.
# “Operation Greens” launched to address price fluctuations in potato, tomato and onion for benefit of farmers and consumers.
# Two New Funds of Rs10,000 crore announced for Fisheries and Animal Husbandary sectors; Re-structured National Bamboo Mission gets Rs.1290 crore.
# Loans to Women Self Help Groups will increase to Rs.75,000 crore in 2019 from 42,500 crore last year.
# Higher targets for Ujjwala, Saubhagya and Swachh Mission to cater to lower and middle class in providing free LPG connections, electricity and toilets.
# Outlay on health, education and social protection will be 1.38 lakh crore. Tribal students to get Ekalavya Residential School in each tribal block by 2022. Welfare fund for SCs gets a boost.
# World’s largest Health Protection Scheme covering over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families launched with a family limit upto 5 lakh rupees for secondary and tertiary treatment.
# Fiscal Deficit pegged at 3.5 %, projected at 3.3 % for 2018-19.
# More concessions for International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), to promote trade in stock exchanges located in IFSC.
# To control cash economy, payments exceeding Rs.10,000 in cash made by trusts and institutions to be disallowed and would be subject to tax.
# Tax on Long Term Capital Gains exceeding Rs.1 lakh at the rate of 10 percent, without allowing any indexation benefit. However, all gains up to 31st January, 2018 will be grandfathered.
# Proposal to introduce tax on distributed income by equity oriented mutual funds at the rate of 10 percent.
# Proposal to increase cess on personal income tax and corporation tax to 4 percent from present 3 percent.
# Proposal to roll out E-assessment across the country to almost eliminate person to person contact leading to greater efficiency and transparency in direct tax collection.
# Proposed changes in customs duty to promote creation of more jobs in the country and also to incentivise domestic value addition and Make in India in sectors such as food processing, electronics, auto components, footwear and furniture.