Friday, 26 February 2010

Here are the Highlights of Union Budget 2010:


Vision & Objective:


GDP Growth to be targeted at 9%
Target of Rs 25,000 cr disinvestment this year
Direct Tax Code and GST will be implemented from April 1, 2011
Fertilizer Subsidy to be reduced
GDP to reach 10% in near future
To consider Parikh Report on Fuel Price
FDI Regime to be simplified
Inflation Rate to be lowered in 2 Months
2% interest subvention for Exports extended for one year
Committed to SEZ Growth

Banking:

More Private Banks to be encouraged
Additional Banking License to Private Players
FY10 Capital for PSU Banks stand at Rs 16,500 crore
Rs 1,200 crore to be allocated to PSU Banks
Rural Banks to be supported
Banks to get Rs 6,000 crore to improve fundamental structure
Banks for all villages with a population of 2,000


Agriculture:

Four-pronged agricultural strategy to be adopted
More help to Food Processing Sector
Rs 400 crore to be allocated for Green Revolution in Eastern India
Rs 300 crore for Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojna
Extend Loan Repayment for drohught-hit Farmers
Farmers, who repay loan on time, will get a waiver of 2%
Farmers to get Loans at 5%
To extend farm loan repayment by 6 months
Agriculture Loan for Farmers increased to Rs 3,75,000 crore
New Food Policy from April 1, 2010
Rs 300 crore to be allocated for Pulse Production


Infrastructure:

Rs. 1.37 lakh crore for Infrastructure Development
Railways to be allocated Rs 16,772 crore
Road Development allocation increased to 19,894 crore
20 km National Highway to be built everyday
Proposal to hike allotment for renewable energy by 61%
To Establish Clean Energy Fund
More than double allocation for Power Sector to 5,130 crore
Coal Regulatory Authority to be set up
One-time grant of Rs 200 crore for Tamil Nadu dor Textiles
NREGA Allocation at Rs 40,100 crore
Rs 1200 crore package for drought-hit Bundelkhand
Ganages - Rs 500 crore
Bharat Nirman Yojna - Rs 48,000 crore
Solar Energy - Rs 1,000 crore
Tirupur Textile Industry - Rs 500 crore
Goa - Rs 200 crore special package
To set up 20,000 MW Solar Power by 2022
Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor to be set up



Education:

Allocation for School Education increased from Rs 26,800 crore to Rs 31,036 crore
Allocation for Health at 22,300 crore
Sarva Sikha Abhiyaan - Rs 36,000 crore


Urban Development & Housing:

Rs 5,400 crore for Urban Development - hike of 75%
Rs 61,000 crore for rural Development
Indira Awas Yojna to get Rs 10,000 crore
House Loans up to Rs 10 lakh - 1% subsidy extended for one year
Focus on Slum Development


Social Sector:

National Social Security Fund for unskilled labourers to be set up with Rs 1,000 crore
National Pension Scheme - New Accounts to get Rs 1,000 per year by the government
National Health Insurance Scheme for NREGA Workers, who work for 15 days in a Month
Farmer Fund for Women - Rs 100 crore
Dalits and Poor to get more focus


Technology:

Unique ID to be given on time
Rs 19000 crore allocated for Unique ID Project
Rupee to have new Symbol. A new look Rupee to come up soon.

Tech Advisory Group to set up under Nandan Nilekani


Plan & Expenditure:



Gross Tax Receipts - Rs 7.46 lakh crore
15% rise in plan expenditure
Fiscal Deficit for FY 2010 revised to 6.9% of GDP
Fiscal Deficit - 5.5% for FY 2011
Fiscal Deficit - 4.8% for FY 2012
Defence Allocation - Rs 147,344 crore



Taxation:


Tax audit limit raised to 60 lakhs.
Income Tax Form Saral-2 to be re-introduced from next year
No increase in Exemption Limit for the Taxpayers
Tax Slabs changed
Income up to Rs. 1.6 lakh - nil
Income from Rs. 1.6 lakh - Rs 5 lakh - 10% tax
Income from Rs 5 lakh - 8 lah - 20% tax
Income of above Rs 8 lakh - 30% tax
60% of the taxpayers to be benefited
Rs. 20,000 tax exemption for investment in infrastructure bonds.
Tax Exemption under 80c will be Rs 1.2 lakh instead of Rs 1 lakh
Corporate Surcharge reduced from 10% to 7.5%
MAT (Minimum Alternative Tax) increased to 18% from 15%
Excise Duty hiked from 8% to 10%
Service Tax remained at 10%
No Service Tax on News Agencies
R&D deduction hiked
CET (Central Excise Tariff) on Petroleum Products hiked by Rs 1
Petrol, Diesel Prices to go up
Partial Rollback on Excise Duty on Cement, Large Cars
Cement and Large Cars to be costlier
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