4 March 2015


Union Budget 2015-16 is presented by Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley in the Parliament today. We are bringing you the highlights and key announcements of Budget 2015-16.
Union Budget 2015-16: Highlights & Key Announcements:

·         The objective of this Budget is to improve quality of life and to pass benefits to common man.
·         Indian Govt has 3 major achievements: Jan Dhan Yojana, Coal Auction and Swacch Bharat programme
·         Incremental change is not going to take us anywhere, will need to think in terms of quantum jump
·         Under Swacch Bharat Yojana, 50 lakh toilet already built, 6 crore toilet targeted
·         Government will encourage new start ups and entrepreneurship
·         Government is still firm on achieving fiscal deficit target of 3 % of GDP eventually
·         Real GDP expected to accelerate to 7.4%
·         Current FOREX reserves $340 bn, Second best stock market in Asian economy
·         Govt will utilize vast postal network for increasing access to institutional banking
·         Roadmap to achieve Fiscal deficit of 3% of GDP in three years: Target is 3.9% in 2015-16, 3.5% in 2016-17, 3% in 2017-18.
·         National Insurance scheme called PM Suraksha Bhima Yojana, offering coverage of 2 lakh rupees for just premium of Rs.12 per year. [WOW!]
·         Rs. 5300 crore allocated for micro irrigation
·         Target of 8.5 lakh crores credit to be given to farmers in 2015-16
·         Target of 8.5 lakh crore of credit for agricultural sector
·         Unclaimed deposits of Rs 3,000 crore in PPF and Rs 6000 crore in EPF; to create senior citizens welfare fund from this corpus
·         Atal Pension Yojana to provide defined pension according to contribution ; 50% contribution to be from Govt.
·         Increased Budgetary allocation to Roads & Railways
·         5 Ultra Mega power projects, of 4000 MW announced
·         Initial sum of Rs 150 Cr to create world class IT hub to take advantage of our competitiveness
·         Start-ups: mechanism for techno-financial incubation for start ups; govt sets aside Rs 1000 crore
·         National Infrastructure Fund will try to leverage Infrastructure companies ; Tax free bonds for Roads , Railways & irrigation
·         Renewable energy target will be increased to 1,75,000 MW
·         Highest ever allocation for MGNREGA, by increasing it this year by 5,000 crore rupees
·         Ports in public sector will be encouraged to corporatize & become companies under companies act
·         EPF & ESI has hostage rather than client ; ESI should be made optional to employees
·         GST will be put in place state of art internationally indirect tax system by April 1st 2016: FM
·         An addition of 1,000 crores for Nirbhaya Fund
·         Govt proposes to increase visa-on-arrival to 150 countries to increase tourism
·         Initial outlay of Rs 75 crore for development of electric vehicles
·         For better regulation a merger of FMC & SEBI is being currently worked out
·         National Skill Mission to be launched through skill development and entrepreneurship ministry, to develop employability of youth, especially below 25 years of age
·         Section 6 of FEMA to be amended
·         Committee to be set up to plan the celebration of the 100th birth anniversary of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya
·         Propose to set-up an IT based student financial aid system under PM Vidya Laxmi scheme
·         The new Pradhan Mantri Vidya Lakshmi Programme will ensure no student misses out on higher education opportunities due to lack of funds
·         Govt announces AIIMS institutions in J& K , Punjab , Himachal Pradesh and Assam.
·         ISM Dhanbad will be upgraded to full IIT
·         Government is pursuing policy of #MakeInIndia in defense not only to cater our needs but also for export
·         Defense budget has been enhanced to 2,46,727 crore rupees, an approx. increase of Rs. 25,000 crore
·         Unplanned expenditure for 2015-16 is estimated at 13 lakh 12 thousand and 200 crores
·         Budget Estimates of Expenditure: Rs. 17 .77 lakh crore of which Non Planned is Rs. 13.12 lakh crore and Plan is 4.65 lakh crores
·         Direct Tax collection is going to be 14.49 lakh crore rupees
·         Basic rate of Corporate Tax to be reduced from 30% to 25% in next 4 years and will be accompanied by reducing exemptions.
·         Exemptions to individual tax payers will remain
·         Non-filing of returns, or filing of returns with inadequate information may attract 10 year Jail term. Even concealment of income will be prosecutable with rigorous imprisonment
·         Government to enact a comprehensive law on black money stashed abroad
·         Benami property transaction bill will be introduced to tackle black money transaction in real estate soon
·         Quoting of PAN is mandatory for any purchase made more than Rs. 1 Lakh.
·         Defer the applicability of GAAR for 2 years ; will only apply prospectively after Apr 2017.
·         Reduced Royalty fees on Technical Services to 10% from 25%.
·         Wealth Tax Abolished, instead super rich will pay extra 2% extra surcharge for people with income over 1 Crore. This will lead to additional 9,000 cr to Tax kitty.
·         Custom duty on raw materials and intermediaries to be reduced
·         Excise duty on Leather footwear reduced to 6%
·         Fuel excise duty will remain unchanged; change in tobacco excise duty.
·         Consolidated Service Tax increased from 12.36% to 14%!
·         Increased in deduction for Health insurance from Rs. 15000 to Rs. 25000. For senior citizens increased to 30,000.
·         Additional deduction of Rs 50,000 for contribution to pension fund and new pension scheme
·         Tax exemption for transport allowance increased from Rs 800 to Rs 1600 per month.
·         Individual tax payer will benefit to the extent Rs.4,44,200/- from the exemptions announced
·         Direct tax proposals will lead to 8315 cr loss and an increase of Rs. 23,000 cr in indirect tax gains.
·         To support agricultural sector, propose to allocate 25000 crore in 2015 to rural development fund.
·         Employees contribution to the EPF should be optional, says Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
·         Number of Social Security Schemes launched in the Union Budget 2015:
·         Work towards creating a social security system for all Indians.
MUDRA bank with corpus of 20000 cr
‘PM MUDRA Yojana’ – to prioritize SC, ST and OBC.
We will launch the ‘Atal Pension Yojana’.
Atal Pension Yojana will provide a defined pension to the people, which will start at the age of 60.
Propose a new scheme of providing physical aids for senior citizens living below poverty line.
Propose the ‘Nayi Manzil’ scheme for the youth minorities.
·         Finance Minister proposes setting up IIT in Karnataka; IIMs in J&K and Andhra Pradesh; AIIMS in J&K, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Assam.
·         Govt to raise visa-on-arrival facilities to 150 countries from 43.
·         Govt to introduce Indian gold coin with Ashoka sign on it.
·         Proposes 5 ultra mega power projects for 4,000 MW each.
·         Investment in infrastructure to go up by Rs 70,000 crores
·         Corporate tax reduced from 30% to 25% over next four years.
·         The budget allocation for the Defence Sector for the year 2015-16 is 246727 crore, increased from Rs 2 lakh crore.
·         Quoting PAN made mandatory for any sale exceeding Rs 1 lakh.
·          Benami Property Transaction Bill to tackle Black money transaction in Real Estate.
·          Arun Jaitley replaces wealth tax with additional 2% surcharge on super rich with annual income of over 1 crore rupees.
·         Taxes on Technical Services reduced to 10% from 25%
·         The excise duty on footwear having retail price of more than 1000 per pair has been reduced by 6 per cent.
·         Transport allowance given to all taxpayers, limit increased from Rs 800 to Rs 1600 per month.
·         Health insurance premium exemption raised to Rs 25,000 from Rs 15,000.
·          Direct tax proposals will lead to loss of Rs.8,315 cr; Indirect proposal will yield Rs.23,383 cr;
·         Individual tax payer will benefit to the extent Rs.4,44,200/- from the exemptions announced
·         Yoga included in the ambit of charitable purposes under the Income Tax Act.
·         Rs 150 core to create world class IT hub in India
·          FM proposes to increase service tax rate and education cess to 14% from 12.36%.
·          Net gain from tax proposals seen at 150.68 billion rupees in 2015-16.
·         No change in Income Tax Slabs in Union Budget 2015.
·      Black money: 6 months for voluntary disclosure?

·      Yoga included in the ambit of charitable purposes under the Income Tax Act.
·      Individual tax payer will benefit to the extent Rs 4,44,200 from the exemptions announced.
·      Govt to reduce custom duty on 22 items.
·      Quoting PAN a must for all purchases above Rs 1 lakh.
·      Corporate tax reduced from 30% to 25% over next four years
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·      Defence allocation for this fiscal is Rs 2,46,727 crore.
·      AIIMS to be set up in J&K, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Assam.
·      Govt to raise visa-on-arrival facilities to 150 countries from 43
·      Govt to introduce Indian gold coin with Ashoka sign on it.
·      Proposes 5 ultra mega power projects for 4,000 MW each: FM
·      Investment in infrastructure to go up by Rs 70,000 crores: Jaitley
·      We are committed to subsidy rationalisation based on cutting leakages: Jaitley
·      States get 62% of the total resources now: Arun Jaitley
·      GST to be put in place by April 1, 2016: FM
·      Will finish the journey to 3% fiscal deficit in two years: FM
·      With all humility I submit that this opportunity has risen because we have created it: FM
·      Cabinet meet on, Jaitley answers queries by ministries before Budget presentation
·      Finance minister Arun Jaitley reaches Parliament.
·      Spread the JAM so fruits of subsidy reach the needy
·      Congress: Make in India should find focus in the Union Budget.
·      Sensex rises more than 200 points in opening trade.
·      India in 'sweet spot', poised for double-digit growth: Survey
·      There will be no change in the personal income tax slabs and rate of tax for companies in respect of income earned in the finance year 2015-16, assessable in Assessment Year 2016-17.
·       An additional 2% surcharge is proposed on individuals, HUFs, AOPs, BOIs, artificial juridical persons, firms, cooperative societies and local authorities having income exceeding Rs.1 crore. This will take the total surcharge to 12%.
·      Education cess on income tax @ 2 per cent to continue
·      Health Insurance premium deduction limit has been raised from Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000.For senior citizens the limit will stand increased to Rs 30,000 from the existing Rs 20,000. The deduction limit of Rs.60,000 towards expenditure on account of specified diseases of serious nature is proposed to be enhanced to Rs.80,000 in case of very senior citizens.
·      The limit on deduction on account of contribution to a Pension Fund and the New Pension Scheme has increased from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh.
·      Transport allowance exemption is being increased from Rs.800 to Rs.1,600 per month. Total exemption per annum will now stand at Rs 19200.
·      Employee Provident Fund has been made optional. Firstly, the employee may opt for EPF or the New Pension Scheme (NPS). Secondly, for employees below a certain threshold of monthly income, contribution to EPF should be optional, without affecting or reducing the employer’s contribution.
·      Gold will be made a monetizable property. A Gold Monetisation Scheme is proposed that will replace both the present Gold Deposit and Gold metal Loan programs. The new scheme will allow the depositors of gold to earn interest in their metal accounts and jewellers to obtain loans in their metal account. Banks and other dealers would also be able to monetize this gold. An alternate financial asset - Sovereign Gold Bond to be developed as an alternative to purchasing metal gold. The Bonds will carry a fixed rate of interest, and also be redeemable in case in terms of the face value of the gold, at the time of redemption by the holder of the Bond.
·      Air travel, amusement and theme park tickets, music concert tickets, cigarettes and other tobacco products, imported commercial vehicles, cement, aerated flavoured drinks, packaged water, liquor, chit funds and lotteries will become more expensive.
·       Leather footwear, locally made mobile phones, LED/LCD panels, LED lights and LED Lamps, solar water heaters, pacemakers, ambulance and ambulance services, computer tablets, agarbattis, microwave ovens, refrigerator compressors, peanut butter, packaged fruits and vegetables and museum, zoo and national park tickets will become cheaper.

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