Interim Budget 2019-20 Key HIGHLIGHTS!

Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presented an Interim Budget for 2019 in Parliament on Friday.  Here are the highlights and Key points of Interim Budget 19-20.

Changes in Taxation

  1. Tax slab raised from Rs 2.5 lakh to  Rs 5 lakh for Individuals, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal announces full tax rebate for individual taxpayers with annual income up to 5 lakh.
  2. No tax on notional rent on the second self-occupied house.
  3. The tax benefit of Rs 18,500 crore given to three crore middle-class taxpayers.
  4. Custom duty abolished from 36 Capital Goods.
  5. Recommendations to GST council for reducing GST rates for home buyers
  6. IT returns processing in just 24 hours
  7. Within 2 years, Tax assessment will be done electronically
  8. Minimum 14% revenue of GST to states by Central Govt.
  9. The standard deduction has been increased from 40000 to 50000
  10. Ceiling Limit of TDS u/s 194A has increased from 10000 to 40000 on post office savings.
  11. Ceiling Limit of TDS u/s 194I has increased from 180000 to 240000.
  12. Capital tax Benefit u/s 54 has increased from investment in one residential house to two residential houses.
  13. Benefit u/s 80IB has increased to one more year i.e. 2020
  14. Benefit has given to unsold inventory has increased to one year to two years.

Economy:

  1. FY20 fiscal deficit target set at 3.4 per cent
  2. Expenditure target for FY20 set at Rs 27.84 lakh crore
  3. Capital expenditure for FY20 set at Rs 3.36 lakh crore
  4. FY19 fiscal deficit pegged at 3.4 per cent of GDP; the current account deficit of 2.5 per cent of GDP
  5. FY20 gilt repayment pegged at Rs 2.36 lakh crore.

Farmers:

  1. Farmers with less than two hectares to be offered Rs 6,000 per year as a direct transfer under PM Kisaan Samman Nidhi. Around 12 crore farmers to benefit from the scheme.
  2. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee program’s allocation increased by Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 60,000 crore for FY-20.
  3. Farmers struck by natural calamities will now receive 2-5 per cent interest subvention under the insurance scheme.
  4. Two per cent interest subsidy to be given to farmers involved in animal husbandry activities via kisaan credit card scheme. An additional three per cent subsidy will be paid on timely payment of loans.
  5. The announcement of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog to enhance the productivity of cows.

Rural Development:

  1. Pradhan Mantra Gram Sadak Yojana allocation set at Rs 19,000 crore, the same as FY19

Fishermen:

  1. Separate Department of Fisheries created, two per cent interest subvention for those in fisheries
  2. To provide Rs 750 crore in FY19 to support animal husbandry and fishing.

Workers:

  1. The monthly pension of Rs 3,000 for workers in the unorganized sector to be paid out after retirement.
  2. Employees’ State Insurance eligibility, coverage limit has been raised to Rs 21,000 per month.
  3.  Gratuity limit increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 30 lakh.
  4. Workers who suffer grievous injuries will now receive Rs 6 lakh from Rs 2.5 lakh through Employee Provident Fund Organization (EPFO)

Education:

  1. Rs 38,572 crore allocated for the National Education Mission.

Medical:

  1. Another All India Institutes of Medical Sciences to be set up in Haryana

Society:

  1. Rs 76,800 crore allocated for the welfare of Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs)
  2. The Center will implement the special strategy for the uplift of nomadic tribes.

Film-Makers:

  1. Single window clearance for film-makers. Anti-camcording provision to be introduced to Cinematography Act to combat film privacy.

Railways:

  1. Railway capital expenditure raised to Rs 64,586 crore in FY20 from Rs 53,060 crore in FY19

Defence:

  1. Defence budget for FY20 raised to Rs 3 lakh crore

 

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