Union Budget 2013: highlights

Union Budget 2013: highlights
New Delhi:  Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented one of the most highly anticipated budgets of recent years today, a blueprint for austerity that forms the centrepiece of India's efforts to stave off a damaging credit ratings downgrade. Here are the highlights of this year's budget:

  • Leather products get cheaper
  • Mobile phones, dinning out, cigarettes, SUVs, motorbikes, set-up boxes get expensive (Read)
  • Excise duty on cigarettes raised by 18 per cent
  • Mobile Phones, SUVs to get more expensive: On mobile phones priced at more than Rs 2000, excise duty hiked to 6%. Excise duty on SUVs raised from 27% to 30% (Read: How you are affected)
  • Duty free limit for Gold raised to Rs 50,000 in case of a male passenger and Rs 1 lakh for female passengers
  • The current slabs were introduced last year. Hence there is no case of revising either (Read)
  • Some tax credit of Rs 2000 for every person who has an annual income of upto Rs 5 lakh (Read: High earners say not fair)
  • Tax Administration Reforms Commission to be set up to review tax laws
  • In 2007-08 Tax GDP ratio touched a peak; in short term we must regain that peak
  • The current slabs were introduced last year. Hence there is no case of revising them
  • But will give some tax relief of Rs 2000  for every person who has an annual income of up to Rs 5 lakh
  • Rs 1000-crore Nirbhaya Fund announced for the empowerment of women (Read)
  • All Regional Rural Banks and cooperative banks to be e-linked by this year-end
  • National Housing Bank (NHB) to set up urban housing bank fund and Rs 2,000 crore will be allocated in this regard
  • Standing Council of Experts in Ministry of Finance to examine transaction cost of doing business in India
  • Rs 14,000 crore capital infusion into public sector banks in 2013-14
  • PSU banks to have ATMs at all their branches by March 31, 2014
  • Rs 6,000 crore to be allocated for rural housing fund in 2013-14
  • Defence allocation increased to Rs 2.03 lakh crore (Read)
  • Rs 6,275 crore to ministry of science and technology, Rs 5,880 crore to Department of Atomic Energy
  • Coal imports during Apr-Dec 2012 crossed 100 million tonnes and expected to go up to 185 million tonnes in 2016-17
  • Finance Minster asks state governments to prepare financial restructuring plan for power distribution companies at the earliest.
  • Simpler SEBI rules:Securities and Exchange Board of India to simplify procedures for foreign portfolio investors
  • Two new ports to be set up in West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh to ad 100 million tonnes handling capacity
  • Gas handling terminal at Dabhol in Maharashtra to be fully operational during 2013-14
  • State governments urged to sign restructuring plans with electricity discoms
  • Tax-free infrastructure bonds of Rs.50,000 crore to be issued
  • Textile ministry allocated Rs.50 crore for establishing apparel parks
  • Handloom sector allocated Rs.96 crore to benefit 150,000 weavers
  • Infrastructure debt funds to be encouraged
  • Regulator to be appointed for road projects; 3,000 km of road projects to be awarded in first six months of 2013-14
  • Incentive allowance of 15 percent over and above permitted depreciation to those investing over Rs.100 crore in infrastructure projects
  • Rajiv Gandhi Equity Scheme to be liberalised
  • Seven new cities identified along Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor
  • Preliminary work begun on Bangalore-Mumbai Industrial corridor
    Foodgrain production during 2013-13 estimated at 250 million tonnes
  • Household sector must be incentivised to save in financial instruments rather than gold. Person taking a home loan for his first home during the period 2013-14 will be entitled to an additional deduction of Rs 1 lakh, announces Mr Chidambaram (Read)
  • Re-financing capacity of SIDBI increased to Rs 10,000 crore from Rs 5,000 crore for Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Rs 27,049 crore allocation to the Agriculture Ministry in 2013-14
  • Rs 7 lakh crore target fixed for agriculture credit for 2013-14 compared to Rs 5.75 lakh crore in the current year.
  • Eastern Indian states to get Rs 1,000 crore allocation for improving agricultural production
  • Infrastructure Development Funds will be encouraged
  • Funds to raise resources for the development
  • Govt committed to food security bill. 10,000 crores set apart for expenditure likely under the act
  • Rs 37,330 crore allocated for Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
  • Rs 110 crore to be allocated to the department of disability affairs
  • Rs 3511 crore allocated to Minority Affairs Ministry which is 60 per cent of the revised estimates
  • Additional sum of Rs 200 crore to Women and Child Welfare
  • Ministry to address issues of vulnerable women
  • Rs 37,330 crore allocated for Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
  • Faced with huge fiscal deficit, I have no choice but to rationalise expenditure
  • Development must be sustainable - economically and ecologically
  • Cannot spurn foreign investments, that is an imperative
  • Great worry is the  current account deficit (Read)
  • Without growth, there will be neither development nor inclusiveness
  • The job of a finance minister is to create the economic space and find resources to achieve it
  • Only China and Indonesia growing faster than India
  • By 2013 only China will grow faster than India
  • I seek support as we navigate the Indian economy through crisis that has enveloped the whole world I intend

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