Budget 2014 Live: PPF annual ceiling goes up to Rs 1.5 lakh; Ganga cleaning to get Rs 2037 cr.

When Arun Jaitley reads out his annual Union Budget today, it could well be the constructive road map the NDA government lays out to bring the “Acchhe din” it has promised the nation.

When Arun Jaitley reads out his annual Union Budget today, it could well be the constructive road map the NDA government lays out to bring the “Acchhe din” it has promised the nation. The state of the economy of India is deplorable though it looks quite solid when compared to many other countries in the world. Jaitley needs to handle taxation issues, social sector schemes, rationalise its subsidies without affecting the poorest, and revive growth in the economy. The expectations from the Budget is huge. Though many of our problems cannot be fixed in a year, this Budget has to lay out the vision of the government for the nation.

Here’s a Live coverage of the Budget:

Rivers

Serious effort to link rivers. Sets aside Rs 100 crore for a report.

Substantial money spent to clean Ganga. Integrated Ganga Conservative Mission: Rs 2037 crore for it

Rs 100 crore for Ghat development

Science and technology

Turn 5 centres into research instituions. PPP model

2 clusters for research in Kolkata and Pune

12:35 IST Thursday, 10 July 2014

Defense

Rs 2,29000 crore for defense

1 rank- 1 pension for army

Rs 1000 crore set apart for it
Capital outlay increased by Rs 5000 crore over interim Budget
Police reforms: Rs 3000 crore set asie vs Rs 1800 crore last Budget.
12:31 ISTThursday, 10 July 2014

Banking

Govt in principle agrees to consolidation of PSU banks

Rise of NPA matter of concern

6 new revival tribunals to be set up

Bank will be encouraged to give long term funds & loans to the infrastructure sector

Insurance

Insurance Bill to be brought for consideration in Parliament

Special small saving instrument for girl child education and girl marriage

PPF scheme: Rs 1.5 lakh per annum

Financial Sector

Essential to strengthen financial sector

Modern monitory policy to be brought in

Advise regulators for liquid corporate bond market, eliminate unnecessary restrictions

Allow international settlements of bond settlements

Introduce uniform KYC norms across financial sector

1 operating Demat account to control any instrument

New accounting norms for corporate India: mandatory by 2017

Energy and transport

Rs 4200 crore: Inland navigation

Airport:Scheme for airport in Tier 1 and 2 under Airport Authority of India. Airport to be built under PPP mode

Road:NHAI to get Rs 37000 crore; include Rs 3000 crore for North East

New and renewable energy: Ultra modern solar plant in Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Ladakh

Oil and gas: Use of PNG to be incerased

15000 km of gas pipeline in the country now. Additional 15000 km required. To be developed udner appropriate PPP model.

Mining: Encourage investment, promote sustainable mining. Current impass including iron ore to be carried out quickly.

Request for change royalty on minerals. Last revision in August 2009. Now to revise again

4200 cr set aside for the Jal Marg Vikas project on river Ganga connecting Allahabad to Haldia,over 1620 km

12:16 ISTThursday, 10 July 2014

National Industrial corridor with headquarter in Pune

SME: Bulk of service sector also SMEs. Majority run by SC ST OBC. Financing is important. Need to examine financial architecture of this sector. Set up committee to give suggestion in 3 months.

Venture capital in SME: Rs 10,000 crore fund. To attract other investors

Apprentice Act to be suitably amended to strengthen the Apprentice Training Scheme

All the Govt departments and ministries will be integrated through E-platform by 31 Dec this year

16 new port porjects this year

12:10 ISTThursday, 10 July 2014

Agriculture sector

Fertilser- must take care of degradation of soil. Intitial fund of Rs 100 crore for climate change fund.

Farmers bank lending: propose to produce of Rs 5 lakh to Bhumeeheen Kisan groups through NABARD

Price stabilisation fund

Food, oil subsidies to be more targeted

Indigenous cattle breeding to be supported

Banks: target of Rs 8,00,000 crore to lend to agriculture sector

Short term crop loan: Farmers to get further incentive of 3% for farmers who pay on time. Was already getting loan at 7%.

Raise RIDF corpus by Rs 5000 crore. Target of Rs 25000 crore set by Chidambaram

Rs 5000 crore for infrastructure fund in agriculture

Long term rural credit bank to provide support to cooperative banks and RRBs, by NABARD. Rs 5000 crore allocated.

Producer’s development fund to get Rs 200 crore in NAABARD

Food Sector

Need to restructure FCI

​Govt will undertake open market sales to keep prices under control

Farmers to get information on new techniques. Rs 100 crore set aside

E-based platforms:

11:54 ISTThursday, 10 July 2014

FTII Pune, SRFTI Kolkata:special status of national importance

Use of recycled water, solid waste management, sae drinking water: hubs using PPP model to be set up

Rs 100 crore: Metro project in Lucknow

Propose to set up 5 new IIMs in HP, Punjab, Bihar, Odisha & Maharashtra:

Low cost housing:Rs 4000 crore for National Housing Bank

Slum development to be part of CSR.

Currency notes to have braille

Rs 200 crore for 4 agricultural institutes in 4 states

Rs 100 crore has been allocated for the modernization of Madrasas

11:49 ISTThursday, 10 July 2014

Universal healthcare: 4 more AIIMS in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Vidharbha,Purvanchal. Rs 500 crore set aside

12 more medical colleges in government hospitals.

Aim to create AIIMS in every state of the country

Rs 3650 crore for safe drinking water

Toilets and drinking water in all girls’ school to begin with. More than Rs 26000 crore set aside

Under the ‘Pradhanmantri sadak yojna’ propose 14,389 cr for development of roads-Arun Jaitley.

 

11:42 ISTThursday, 10 July 2014

Budgetory Allocations

Rs 50548 crore for SC-ST plan

Senior citizens: Additional pension introduced by NDA govt last time.

Unclaimed amount of PPF etc. Mostly out of investments belonging of senior citizens. Set up a committee to protect senior citizens. report by December 2014.

EPFO to launch unified accounts to transfer PF funds.

Min pension of Rs 1000 per month. Initial fund of Rs 250 crore.

Differently abled persons: Make incluisve opportunities. Centre for sports for differently abled

Visually challenged: 15 new braille press.

Women’s safety: Rs 50 crore to be spent by Roads ministry to increase safety of women on roads: Pilot project

Beti bachao Beti padhao Yojana: Apathy towards girl child rampant. Rs 100 crore allocation.

NREGA: Rural SHGs extend 4% loans to more rural areas. NREGA to target more productive work.

National Housing programme: Rs 8000 crore

 

11:33 ISTThursday, 10 July 2014

Banking: Disinvestment to retail investors to collect money. To give greater autonomy to banks.

PSU capital expenditure: Rs 2, 47,000 crore.

Urbanisation: Need to develop new cities. Provides Rs 7060 crore.

E Visas: To facilitate visa on arrival

Infrastructure Investment Trust to help infrastructure projects.

Kisan Vikas Patra: To have bank and non-bank savings for farmers.

Bulk of farm lands are rain fed. Must improve irrigation. Sets aside Rs 1000 crore for this.

Sanitation: Rural sanitation to reach of every household.

Power: Dindayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana launch: Rs 500 crore set aside

11:25 ISTThursday, 10 July 2014

Litigation in direct tax: Resident to have possibility of getting advanced order on tax liability.

FDI: Allow selectively in sectors. India needs a push for job creation. We are buying substantial portion of defence requirement.

Insurance sector: Increases FDI to 49% from 265 currently.

FDI in defense raised to 49%

11:20 ISTThursday, 10 July 2014

Promoted to minimum government and maximum governance.

Govt will form commission to review expenditure.

Urea policy will be reformulated.

GST essential to restructure taxation. I assure all states govt will be more than fair to all states.

Retrospect taxation: No change to be brought in retrospectively. Govt will be extremely cautious.

11:14 ISTThursday, 10 July 2014

Jaitley says the people below poverty line wants to raise themselves above it. While higher growth is important, we cannot ignore that the poor suffer the most.

The government has taken up the challenge in right earnest. The task is challenging because we need to revive manufacturing and infrastructure sector. We need to introduce fiscal prudence. We cannot spend to day which is compensated by tax in future.

Must improve tax-GDP ratio. Although the external sector witnessed turn around and CAD improved, it was through restriction on non-essential imports.

Fiscal Deficit: target 4.1% set by Chidambaram is daunting, but accept the challenge. 3.6% for 2016 and 3% for 2017.

 

11:10 ISTThursday, 10 July 2014

Arun Jaitley start reading out his Budget speech at Lok Sabha. He says people have voted for a change, they decide to grow unhesitatingly.

10:52 ISTThursday, 10 July 2014

Cabinet meet is over; the Budget has been approved by the Cabinet. The Budget announcements will begin at 11.00 am. The Sensex in the meanwhile stays absolutely flat at 25444 and Nifty at 7578.

10:11 ISTThursday, 10 July 2014

Arun Jaitley enters the Parliament at 10.00 am, and will hold a Cabinet meeting before announcement of the Budget. The Sensex meanwhile is flat at 25435 points, and will await movement till the announcements start pouring in. Here are the copies of the .news

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