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Union Budget 2016-17 in brief

Highlights of Union Budget for 2016-17

MUMBAI - Highlights of the Union Budget for 2016-17 (Apr-Mar), presented
by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Lok Sabha today:

INFALTION
* CPI inflation came down to 5.4% under our govt
* Fall in CPI inflation providing big relief to public

FARM SECTOR
* Plan doubling farmers' income in 5 yrs
* Plan to up spend on farm, rural, social sectors FY17
* Need to create new infrastructure for irrigation
* Need to address water resource utilisation
* To allocate 359.8 bln rupees for farm, farmers' welfare
* Need to give income security to farmers
* Need to think beyond food security
* To allocate 4.12 bln rupees for organic farming
* Policy to convert city waste into compost
* 140 mln farms to be covered by soil health card by Mar 2017
* Fertiliser co to market city compost fertilisers
* 600 bln rupees for sustainable mgmt of water resources
* Soil health card plan being implemented with great vigour
* To form 200 bln rupee long-term irrigation fund in NABARD
* To allot 865 bln rupees in five yrs for irrigation schemes
* To bring 2.85 mln ha under PM irrigation plan
* To allocate 170 bln rupees for irrigation scheme FY17
* FY17 Crop insurance scheme allocation 55 bln rupees
* FY17 interest subvention for farmers seen 150 bln rupee
* Farm credit target for FY17 at 9 trln rupees
* 9.7 mln tn agri storage capacity added FY16
* 3.68 bln rupees provided for soil health scheme FY17
* 12 states have amended APMC Act to join e-market plan
* Unified agri market e-platform to be launched on Apr 14
* Plan e-market platform for agriculture wholesale markets
* To allot 5 bln rupees under food security plan for pulses
* 5 bln rupees for pulses production in 622 districts
* 86,000 tn honey produced in FY16; 90% exported
* Need to focus on drought-hit areas
* Food Corp of India to make online payment of farm goods
* To launch 4 new dairy programmes
* To take up allied activities to increase farm income
* To encourage states to take up decentralised procurement
* Made effective mgmt for pulses procurement
* MSP online procurement system through FCI
* To encourage states for decentralised procurement of crops
* Allocate 55 bln rupees for PM Fasal bima Yojna
* Price stabilisation fund for pulses has 9 bln rupee corpus
* To introduce direct benefit plan for fertiliser on pilot

SOCIAL SECTOR, EDUCATION
* To focus on educational skills, job creation
* Plan law to give statutory backing to Aadhaar
* To announce health scheme covering 1/3rd of population
* Health insurance, BPL cooking gas scheme planned
* To focus on delivery of benefits to needy
* Infra, social sectors to have more govt spend
* BPL families to get LPG connection
* Aim to list public sector general insurance cos
* To undertake 3 major schemes for weaker sections of society
* Self-help groups' set up hastened for livelihood generation
* FY17 aid to gram panchayat, municipality at 2.87 trln rupee
* Digital repository for educational certificates
* Digital depository for school-, college-leaving documents
* Education, skill development, jobs 4th pillar of Budget
* To allot 10 bln rupee for higher education financing agency
* 62 new Navodaya schools to focus on quality education
* 1.52 trln rupees allocated for social sector
* To form national scheduled caste, tribe hub in MSME min
* Stand-up India scheme allocation 5 bln rupees
* This must be year of empowering scheduled castes, tribes
* 5 bln rupees for scheduled caste, tribe entrepreneurs
* Aadhaar not to be proof of citizenship or domicile
* Social security platform to be used for Aadhaar
* Aadhaar bill to be introduced FY17
* To introduce targeted delivery of subsidies via Aadhaar
* Task force to rationalise human resources in ministries

SKILL DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION
* 17 bln rupees for skill development scheme FY17
* 1,500 multi-skill training institutes across country
* To interlink national, state employee bureaus
* Plan to set up 100 model career centres
* 10 bln rupees for new EPF scheme
* Govt to pay 8.33% EPF contribution for new staff 1st 3 yrs

RURAL DEVELOPMENT
* Allocated 877.65 bln rupees for rural development FY17
* Rural insurance scheme for farmers planned
* To provide more funds to vulnerable sections in rural areas
* Cluster facilitation under rural job plan to conserve water
* 385 bln rupees for rural job plan FY17
* See 228% jump in gram panchayat allotment
* To focus on rural employment, infrastructure
* National digital literacy mission to cover 60 mln houses
* Need to spread digital literacy in rural areas
* FY17 allocation for rural electrification 85 bln rupees
* All villages to be electrified by May 1, 2018
* 18,542 villages not electrified as of Apr 1, 2015
* To allot 190 bln rupees FY17 for PM Gram Sadak Yojana
* To spend 270 bln rupee with states FY17 on rural roads plan
* To launch new panchayat scheme at 6.5 bln rupees
* To allot 877.65 bln rupees for rural development schemes
* To allot 20 bln rupees for LPG connection to rural women

HEALTHCARE
* To start National Dialysis Service under PPP mode
* To exempt certain dialysis equipment from basic custom duty
* Health protection scheme with 100,000 rupee/family cover
* 3000 drug stores to be opened under PM Aushadhi Yojana
* To provide 130,000 rupee/yr health cover to senior citizens
* To launch new health protection scheme

INFRASTRUCTURE, INDUSTRY
* Propose to circulate model shops and establishments bill
* To give choice to shops to remain open on 7 days/week
* 10,000 km of national highways to be added FY17
* Total outlay for infra 2.21 trln rupees FY17
* Total outlay for roads, railway 2.18 trln rupees FY17
* Total investment in road sector 970 bln rupees
* NHAI to raise 150 bln rupees via bonds FY17
* Allot 550 bln rupees for roads, highways FY17
* 85% of 70 stranded road projects back on track FY16
* To allot 550 bln rupees for roads, highways
* India's highest ever kilometre of highways awarded in 2015
* 30 bln rupees/yr to augment nuclear power in 15-20 yrs
* Mkt freedom for gas from difficult blocks to have price cap
* Mull calibrated mkt freedom for gas from difficult blocks
* Need to diversify resources for power generation
* Drawing up comprehensive plan on nuclear power
* To incentivise ultra-deep sea gas exploration
* Achieved highest coal production growth
* To provide incentives for gas production from tough blocks
* 10 non-functional air strips to be redeveloped
* To partner with state govts to develop airports
* Started series of measures for modernising ports
* To partner with states to develop regional airports
* Medium-term goal is to abolish permit raj
* Plan new public transport policy to up pvt participation
* FY17 allocation for new port development 8 bln rupees
* Motor Vehicles Act to be amended to up passenger segment
* New greenfield ports to be developed on east, west coasts
* Govt to open up road transport sector
* Medium-term goal is to abolish permit raj
* 50,000 km state highways to be converted to national highways
* FY17 total infrastructure outlay 2.21 trln rupees
* To have new policy for mgmt of assets of PSUs
* NITI Aayog to identify PSUs for strategic sale
* To encourage PSUs to divest individual assets
* 100% FDI in marketing of food pdts produced in India
* To have more FDI reforms in asset restructuring companies
* To change FDI policy for asset reconstructions cos
* To modify FDI policy for bourses, asset recast cos
* Duty drawback schemes to be widened, deepened
* Have deepened, expanded duty drawback scheme
* More FDI reforms in insurance, stock exchanges, pension
* To modify FDI policy for insurance, pension sectors
* FDI policy to address requirements of farmers
* To allow mobilisation of 313 bln rupee by govt infra bodies
* Mulling gas production incentive from high temperature area
* May incentivise gas production from ultra deep water areas
* Mulling incentives for gas production from deep sea areas
* New credit rating system for infra to be developed
* To issue guidelines for renegotiation of PPP contracts
* Received conflicting suggestions on FRBM roadmap
* To amend Companies Act for ease of doing business
* Will amend companies act this Parliament session
* Registration of cos to be done in one day
* 300,000 fair price shops to be automated by Mar 2017

FINANCIAL SECTOR, BANKING
* Banking Board bureau to be operational in FY17
* To strengthen debt recovery tribunal
* Considering cutting stake in IDBI Bank to below 50%
* Stand solidly behind PSU banks
* To find resources if PSU banks need additional capital
* Allot 250 bln rupees for recapitalisation of PSU bks FY17
* Not interfering in lending activities of PSU bks
* To amend SEBI act to provide for more SAT benches
* To bring legislation FY17 on illicit deposit taking schemes
* Sponsor in asset recast cos can hold 100% stake
* Financial Data Management Centre to be established
* To allow 100% FDI in asset recast cos
* To make necessary amendments in SARFASI Act
* Bankruptcy code to help deepen corporate bond mkt
* SEBI to develop new commodity derivative pdts
* SEBI to introduce new derivative pdts in commodity mkts
* To adopt comprehensive approach for invest in central PSUs
* To introduce comprehensive Bankruptcy Code in Parliament
* To rename divest dept as Dept of Invest & Public Asset Mgmt
* To amend RBI Act to implement monetary policy framework
* Vibrant fincl sector critical for econ growth
* PM Mudra Yojana target to give 1.8 trln rupees loans FY17
* To draw road for consolidation of PSU banks
* Banking board bureau to be operationalized in FY17
* To draw roadmap for consolidation of PSU banks
* To take up massive rollout of micro-ATMs across nation
* Public money should reach poor without leakages
* Nationwide roll out of ATMs via post offices
* To list govt-owned general insurance cos on stock exchanges
* To list general insurance cos on stock exchanges
* To set up panel to review FRBM Act
* Time has come to review FRBM Act
* Propose to set up committee to review FRBM Act
* Govt open to reducing its stake in PSU banks below 50%
* Consolidation roadmap for PSU banks next year

INDIRECT TAX
* Propose changes in customs duty to push Make in India plan
* Exempt svc tax on general insurance plans in Nirmaya scheme
* Committed to implementing GAAR from Apr 1, 2017
* Asset recast cos' income to be taxed at hands of investors
* Propose special patent regime to power innovation, research
* Services provided by EPFO exempted from service tax
* STT of 0.05% on options contracts
* Service tax waiver for houses of less than 60 sq mtr
* Service Tax exempt for svc under rural electrification plan
* To give excise duty exemption to ready-mix concrete
* Excise of 12.5% with input tax credit on jewellery
* To abolish 13 cesses by ministries
* To amend Central Value Added Tax credit rules
* To amend CENVAT credit rules
* Taxation panel to fix demand under retrospective tax cases
* Hope old cases on retrospective tax reach conclusion soon
* No retrospective taxation to be undertaken
* 1-time no-interest liability in retrospective tax cases
* To up excise duty on various tobacco products by 10-15%
* Cos incorporated post Mar 1 to be taxed at 25%+ surcharge
* Doubles clean energy cess on coal to 400 rupees/tn
* To up excise duty on some tobacco pdts by 10-15%
* Infra cess of 2% on diesel cars
* 4% infra cess on high capacity vehicles, SUVs
* To levy 1% infra cess on small petrol, LPG, CNG cars

DIRECT TAX
* Plan simplification, rationalisation of taxes
* Tax rebate on rent paid upped to 60,000 rupees vs 24,000
* Tax changes to support Make in India, affordable housing
* To give relief to small taxpayers
* To launch steps to move towards pension society
* To give relief to small tax payers
* Withdrawal upto 40% from Natl Pension plan to be tax exempt
* To allow lower corporate tax for some cos from FY17
* Reduction in corporate tax has to be calibrated
* Faster depreciation rate under income tax act at 40% FY17
* Reduction in corporate tax has to be caliberated
* Detailing roadmap for phasing out corporate tax exemption
* Propose 0.5% Krishi Kalyan cess on all taxable svcs Jun 1
* Propose Krishi Kalyan cess
* To raise surcharge on income over 10 mln rupees to 15%
* 10% tax on recipient if got dividend over 1 mln rupees/yr
* Some home buyers to get extra exemption of 50,000 rupee/yr
* No changes in income tax slabs
* To rationalize tax deducted at source for small tax payers
* Penalty of 200% of tax for misreporting of income
* Penalty of 50% of tax for under-reporting of income
* Penalty to be 50% of tax in income under-reporting cases
* Modifying scheme of penalty under Income Tax Act
* Revenue secy to head committee on taxation
* Committed to stable, predictable taxation regime
* To focus on bringing to book people with black money
* Prosecution immunity for undisclosed income declaration
* 300,000 tax cases worth 5.5 trln rupees pending
* New dispute resolution scheme for taxation proposed total 45% Tax
* Compliance window for undisclosed income Jun 1-Sep 30
* 7.5% surcharge on undisclosed income in compliance window
* Govt committed to removing black money
* To move towards low tax regime with non litigious approach
* Limited period compliance window on undisclosed income
* To strongly counter tax evasion
* Moving towards a low tax regime

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