Acting union finance minister Piyush Goyal presented the sixth and final budget, an interim one, in Lok Sabha today. As election around the corner finance minister gave a populist budget announcing major relief such as easing income tax rules, favorable loan terms for small businesses, farm loan waiver and even direct cash transfers to small farmers.
Catch Full Budget (2019) Speech by FM Piyush Goyal
1. I rise to present the Interim Budget for the year 2019-20.
2. I am deeply conscious of the absence of Shri Arun Jaitley today.
I am sure the House joins me in wishing Shri Jaitley speedy recovery, good health and long life in the service of the nation.
3. Madam Speaker, the people of India gave a strong mandate to our Government. Under the visionary leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, we have given the most decisive, stable and clean Government and have undertaken transformational structural reforms. We have reversed the policy paralysis engulfing the nation and have restored the image of the country. The major achievement of this Government was that we strived our utmost to change the mindset and ignited the self-confidence of the nation.
4. I can proudly say that India is solidly back on track and marching towards growth and prosperity. We have prepared the foundation for sustainable growth, progress and better quality of life for all our people.
5. We are moving towards realizing a ‘New India’ by 2022, when we celebrate 75 years of India’s independence: an India which is clean and healthy, where everybody would have a house with universal access to toilets, water, and electricity; where farmers’ income would have doubled; youth and women would get ample opportunities to fulfill their dreams; an India free from terrorism, communalism, casteism, corruption, and nepotism.
State of the Economy
6. Madam Speaker, the last five years have seen India being universally recognized as a bright spot of the global economy. The country witnessed its best phase of macro-economic stability during this period. We are the fastest growing major economy in the world with an annual average GDP growth during the last five years higher than the growth achieved by any Government since economic reforms began in 1991. From being the 11th largest economy in the world in 2013-14, we are today the 6th largest in the world. Besides generating high growth rate, we contained double-digit inflation and restored fiscal balance.
7. Inflation is a hidden and unfair tax on the poor and the middle class. The average rate of inflation during 2009-2014 was a backbreaking 10.1%. The then Prime Minister admitted as much when he said, “We have also not been as successful in controlling persistent inflation as we would have wished. This is primarily because food inflation has increased.” In contrast, our Govt. broke the back of back-breaking inflation. We brought down average inflation to 4.6% which is lower than the inflation during the tenure of any other Government. In fact inflation in December 2018 was down to 2.19% only. If we had not controlled inflation, our families would have been spending around 35-40% more today on basic necessities such as food, travel, consumer durables, housing etc.
8. From the high of almost 6% seven years ago, the fiscal deficit has been brought down to 3.4% in 2018-19 RE. The current account deficit (CAD), against a high of 5.6% six years ago, is likely to be only 2.5% of GDP this year. We contained the fiscal deficit notwithstanding the Finance Commission’s recommendations increasing the share of the States from 32% to 42% in central taxes, which we accepted in the true spirit of cooperative federalism, thereby transferring significantly higher amounts to the States.
9. Due to a stable and predictable regulatory regime, growing economy and strong fundamentals, India could attract a massive amount of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) during the last 5 years – as much as $239 billion. This period also witnessed a rapid liberalization of the FDI policy, allowing most FDI to come through the automatic route.
10. Madam Speaker, the last five years have witnessed a wave of next-generation structural reforms, which have set the stage for decades of high growth. We have undertaken path-breaking structural reforms by introducing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and other taxation reforms.
Banking Reforms and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC)
11. The period of 2008-14 will be remembered as a period of aggressive credit growth and, as per RBI, the primary reason for the spurt in non-performing loans and stressed assets. Outstanding loans of public sector banks ballooned from
18 lakh crore to 52 lakh crore during this period. Many projects were started that could either not be completed or had low capacity utilization resulting in their inability to pay back their loans. There were highly stressed and non-performing assets (NPAs) amounting to ` 5.4 lakh crore in 2014. Many more were hidden through restructuring or otherwise which were discovered during Asset Quality Reviews and inspections carried out since 2015.
12. We put a stop to such questionable practices and stopped the culture of “phone banking”. The 4Rs approach of recognition, resolution, and reforms have been followed. A number of measures have been implemented to ensure Clean Banking. Through a transparent and accountable process, we recognized these NPAs. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code has institutionalized a resolution-friendly mechanism, which is helping in the recovery of non-performing loans while preserving the underlying businesses and jobs. Earlier, only small businessmen used to be under pressure of repayment of loans while in the case of big businessmen, it was the headache of banks. But now, defaulting managements are either paying or exiting their businesses. An amount of close to
3 lakh crore has already been recovered in favor of banks and creditors. To restore the health of public sector banks, recapitalization has been done with an investment of 2.6 lakh crore. Amalgamation of banks has also been done to reap the benefits of economies of scale, improved access to capital and to cover a larger geographical spread.
Steps against corruption
13. We have ushered in a new era of transparency. We have given a corruption free government. The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) and Benami Transaction (Prohibition) Act, 1988 are helping to bring transparency in the real estate sector. The Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018 will help confiscate and dispose of the assets of economic offenders who escape the jurisdiction of the laws in India. Additionally, we conducted a transparent auction of natural resources including coal and spectrum. We have walked the talk.
14. As a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary in 2019, our Government initiated the world’s largest behavioral change movement with the Swachh Bharat Mission. India has achieved 98% rural sanitation coverage and as many as 5.45 lakh villages have been declared “Open Defecation Free.” It is a holistic programme and has succeeded in changing the mindset of our people. With the people participation, they transformed it from a Government Scheme to a national movement. I thank the 130 core people of the nation for the success of Swacch Bharat Abhiyan who adopted it wholeheartedly.
Poor and backward classes
15. The poor have the first right on the resources of the nation. The Government while maintaining the existing reservation for SC/ST/Other Backward Classes, have now ensured 10% reservation in educational institutions and Government services for poor. In these institutions, around 25% extra seats (approximately 2 lakh) will be provided so that, there is no shortfall of presently available/reserved seats for any class.
16. To provide foodgrains at affordable prices to the poor and middle classes, about
1,70,000 crores were spent in the year 2018-19 which is almost double the amount of 92,000 crores spent in the year 2013-14. We ensured that everyone gets food and none goes to sleep hungry. `60,000 crores are being allocated for MGNREGA
17. We have worked to bridge the urban-rural divide in the country. Hon’ble Members in this August House, most of whom are from rural areas, will agree that several times in the past, only empty promises have been made to people living in our villages. During the last five years, we have undertaken targeted expenditure to improve their quality of life in all its dimensions. Our aim is to provide urban facilities in villages while keeping the soul of rural life intact.
18. Under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, construction of rural roads has been tripled. 15.80 lakh habitations out of a total of 17.84 lakh habitations have already been connected with pucca roads and work is going on to complete the rest very soon. Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) is being allocated
19,000 crores in BE 2019-20 as against 15,500 crores in RE 2018-19. There was a time when a child used to reach school after walking on a foot trail, today the situation has changed and a bus can reach her/his village During the period 2014-18, a total number of 1.53 crore houses have been built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
19. Till the year 2014, about 2.5 crore families were forced to live the life of 18th
20. Madam Speaker, past five years, has seen massive scale-up of health care. Earlier, a poor man used to be in a dilemma whether to fulfill the daily needs of the family or save the life of an ailing member. This situation has deeply pained our Hon’ble Prime Minister. We launched the world’s largest healthcare programme, Ayushman Bharat, to provide medical treatment to nearly 50 crore people. Already close to 10 lakh patients have benefited for medical treatment which would have cost them ` 3,000 crores through free treatment made available under the scheme. Lakhs of poor and
21. There are 21 AIIMS operating or being established in the country presently. 14 of these 21 AIIIMS have been announced since 2014. I am happy to announce setting up of new the 22nd AIIMS in Haryana.
22. The Aspirational Districts Programme is providing targeted development to the 115 most backward districts of the country. The programme has achieved notable results with improved performance on all indicators – health and nutrition, education, agriculture, and water resources, financial inclusion and skill development.
Farmer’s progress and Increase in Income
23. Madam Speaker, our
24. Agriculture continues to be the main driver of the rural economy. Our hard-working farmers, supported by pro-farmer policies of our Government in the past four and half years, have produced agriculture commodities in record quantities. Declining prices of agricultural commodities in the international market and fall in food inflation in India since 2017-18, relative to
25. To provide
6,000 per year. This income support will be transferred directly into the bank accounts of beneficiary farmers, in three equal instalments of 2,000 each. This programme will be funded by
26. PM-KISAN would not only provide assured supplemental income to the most vulnerable farmer
27. I propose an outlay of
75,000 crore for PM-KISAN for the FY 2019-20. I am also providing 20,000
28. During the last five years, for providing affordable loans to farmers, the amount of interest subvention has been doubled. The crop loan to farmers increased to ` 11.68 lakh crore in
29. Animal Husbandry and Fisheries sector also needs considerable support. I have increased the allocation for Rashtriya Gokul Mission to `750 crore in the current year itself. I announce setting up of “Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog” to upscale sustainable genetic up-gradation of cow resources and to enhance production and productivity of cows. The Aayog will also look after effective implementation of laws and welfare schemes for cows.
30. India is the second largest fish producing nation in the world accounting for 6.3% of global production, registering an average annual growth of more than 7% in recent years. The sector provides livelihood to about 1.45 crore people at the primary level. To provide sustained and focused attention towards
31. In the last Budget, our Government announced the facility of extension of
32. To ensure
33. When natural calamities strike, farmers are generally unable to repay their crop loans. Presently, the crop loans are rescheduled for such affected farmers and they get the benefit of interest subvention of 2% only for the first year of the rescheduled loan. Our Government has now decided that all farmers affected by severe natural calamities, where assistance is provided from National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF), will be provided the benefit of interest subvention of 2% and prompt repayment incentive of 3% for the entire period of re-
Labour and Workers Dignity
34. Madam Speaker, our Government firmly believes that workmen and all the people working in Government services should get benefit of the
35. High growth and
36. After submission of the 7th Central Pay Commission Report, the recommendations were implemented immediately. The New Pension Scheme (NPS) has been liberalized. Keeping the contribution of the employee at 10%, we have increased the Government contribution by 4% making it 14%. Maximum ceiling of the bonus given to the
3,500 pm to 7,000 pm and the maximum ceiling of the pay has been increased from
10,000 pm to 21,000 pm. The ceiling of payment of gratuity has been enhanced from
10 lakhs to 20 lakhs. During the last five
15,000 pm to 21,000 pm. Minimum pension for every labourer has been fixed at
1,000 per month. In the event of death of a labourer during service, the amount to be paid by EPFO has been enhanced from 2.5 lakh to ` 6 lakh. Under Anganwadi and Asha Yojana honorarium has been enhanced by about 50% for all categories of workers.
37. Half of India’s GDP comes from the sweat and toil of 42 crore workers in the
15,000. This pension yojana shall provide them an assured monthly pension of 3,000 from the age of 60 years on a monthly contribution of a small affordable amount during their working age. An
100 per month till the age of 60 years. A worker joining the pension yojana at 18 years, will have to contribute as little as 55 per month only. The Government will deposit equal matching share in the pension account of the worker every month. It is expected that at least 10 crore
38. Our Government is committed reaching the most deprived citizens of this country. To this end, the condition of the De-notified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic communities merits special attention. These communities are hard to reach, less visible, and therefore, frequently left out. The Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic communities move from place to place in search of a livelihood. The Renke Commission and the Idate Commission have done commendable work to identify and list these communities. A Committee under NITI Aayog will be set up to complete the task of identifying De-notified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic communities not yet formally classified. Our Government will also set up a Welfare Development Board under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment specifically for the purpose of implementing welfare and development programmes for De-notified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic communities. The Board shall ensure that special strategies are designed and implemented to serve these hard-to-reach communities.
Women’s development to
women led development
39. Madam Speaker, in our Election Manifesto, we had promised that we will transform the quality of life of women in rural India by providing cleaner fuel. For securing the health of every home-maker in rural areas and to ensure that she does not have to shed tears for cooking food to nourish her family, our Government embarked upon a programme to deliver 8 crore free LPG connections under the Ujjwala Yojana. More than 6 crore connections have already been given and the remaining will get free gas connections by next year. Ujjwala is a remarkable success story of our Government programme, defined by a bold yet practical Vision of a responsible and compassionate leadership.
40. More than 70% of the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana are women who are getting affordable and collateral-free loans to start their own businesses. Amongst many measures, benefits of Maternity leave of 26 weeks and Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana for pregnant women have provided financial support to women while empowering them to participate in work.
Empowering Youth to fulfil their potential
41. India is amongst the most youthful nations in the world. Through Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, over 1 crore youth are being trained to help them earn a livelihood. We have harnessed through self-employment schemes including MUDRA, Start-up India and Stand-up India. Under MUDRA Yojana 15.56 crore loans have been disbursed amounting to `7,23,000 crore. The concept of employment is changing all over the world, now the employment generation is not confined merely to Government services or factories. With job seekers becoming job creators, India has become the world’s second largest start-up hub. We are proud of the hard work and innovative ideas of our youth.
42. In order to take the benefits of Artificial Intelligence and related technologies to the people, a National Programme on ‘Artificial Intelligence’ has been envisaged by our Government. This would be
Empowering MSMEs and Traders
43. Government has undertaken many effective steps to strengthen MSME sector, which provides employment to crores of people. Recently, a scheme of sanctioning loans
1 crore in 59 minutes has been launched. GST-registered SME units will get 2% interest rebate on incremental loan of 1 Crore. The requirement of sourcing from SMEs by Government enterprises has been increased to 25%. Of this, the material to the extent of at least 3% will be sourced from
44. Government e-Marketplace (GeM), created by our Government two years ago, has transformed public procurement by making it fully transparent, inclusive and efficient. MSMEs have an opportunity to sell their products through GeM. Transactions of over ` 17,500
45. We have focussed on supporting domestic trade and services. Our Government has recently assigned the subject of “promotion of internal trade including retail trading and welfare of traders, and their employees” to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, which will now be renamed as the Department for Promotion of Industries and Internal Trade.
Strengthening Defence and National Security
46. Madam Speaker, our soldiers protect our borders in tough conditions. They are our pride and
500 crore in 2014-15 Interim Budget; in contrast we have already disbursed over 35,000 crore after implementing the Scheme in its’ true spirit. The Government also announced
47. Our Defence Budget will be crossing ` 3,00,000 crore for the first time in 2019-20. For securing our borders and to maintain preparedness of the highest order, if necessary, additional funds would be provided.
Supporting Indians across the world
48. Today, all persons of Indian origin feel secure that their motherland Bharat cares for them and at times of need will support them. India’s transformation has inculcated a sense of pride and respect for Indians and persons of Indian origin across the globe. We have taken several initiatives to strengthen
49. Infrastructure is the backbone of any nation’s development and quality of life. Whether it is highways or railways or airways or even
50. Because of ‘UDAAN Scheme’, today an ordinary citizen is also
51. Indian Railways has experienced the safest year in its history. All Unmanned Level Crossings on broad gauge network have been eliminated. Introduction of the first indigenously developed and manufactured semi high-speed “Vande Bharat Express” will give the Indian
64,587 crore in 2019-20 (BE). The Railways’ overall capital expenditure programme is of 1,58,658 crore. The Operating Ratio is expected to improve from 98.4% in 2017-18 to 96.2% in 2018-19 (RE) and further to 95% in 2019-20 (BE).
52. India provided leadership to the global effort to address the problem of climate change. Our commitment to
53. India’s import dependence on crude oil and natural gas has been a source of big concern to our Government. While we have taken a large number of measures to moderate the increasing demand through
54. The people of North East have also received significant benefits of infrastructure development. Arunachal Pradesh came on the air map recently and Meghalaya, Tripura, and Mizoram have come on India’s rail map for the first time. Allocation for the North Eastern Areas is being proposed to be increased by 21% to ` 58,166 crores in 2019-20 BE over 2018-19 BE.
Digital India Revolution
55. Madam Speaker, India is now leading the world in the consumption of mobile data. Monthly consumption of mobile data increased by over 50 times in the last five years. The cost of data and voice calls in India is now possibly the lowest in the world. Today, under Make in India, mobile and parts manufacturing companies have increased from 2 to more than 268 providing huge job opportunities. More than 3 lakh Common Service Centres (CSCs) employing about 12 lakh people, are digitally delivering several services to the citizens. The Common Service Centres are expanding their services and also creating digital infrastructure in the villages, including connectivity, to convert the villages into Digital Villages. The Government will make 1 lakh villages into Digital Villages over next five years.
56. Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile (JAM) and Direct Benefit Transfer have been game changers. Bank nationalization was first done 50 years ago, but a large part of the country was still left out of the economic mainstream with no access to formal banking. In the last five years, nearly 34 crore Jan Dhan bank accounts were opened. Aadhaar is now near-universally implemented. This has helped ensure the poor and middle class receives the benefits of Government schemes directly in their bank accounts by eliminating middlemen.
57. Entertainment industry is a major employment generator. To promote entertainment industry – Single window clearance for ease of shooting films, available only to foreigners, is now going to be made available to Indian filmmakers as well. Regulatory provisions will rely more on self-declaration. We will also introduce anti-camcording provisions in the Cinematograph Act to control the menace of piracy.
Simplification of Direct Tax System to benefit Tax-payers
58. Madam Speaker, for making the life of our direct tax-payers easy, we reduced tax rates, more for the common man and middle class, and made the interface with the tax department much simpler and largely faceless. Due to this, the tax collections increased significantly from
6.38 Lakh crore in 2013-14 to almost 12 lakh crore this year. The number of returns filed have also increased from 3.79 crore to 6.85 crore showing 80% growth in tax base. I thank the honest taxpayers of India for reposing faith in our Government. Let me assure them that we have used their contribution to serve the poor and create better infrastructure.
59. The Income Tax Department now functions online. Returns, assessments, refunds
60. Reducing the tax burden on
2 lakh to 2.5 Lakh and gave tax rebate so that no tax was payable by persons having income up to
3 lakh. We also reduced the tax rate from 10% to 5% for the tax slab of 2.5 lakh to
5 lakh and introduced Standard Deduction of 40,000 for the salaried class. Deduction of savings under section 80C was increased from
1 lakh to 1.5 lakh. Deduction of interest for self-occupied house property was raised from
1.5 lakh to 2 lakh.
61. Special benefits and incentives were also given to small businesses and start-ups. Overall compliance processes were simplified. Threshold limit for presumptive taxation of business was raised from 1 crore to 2 crores. The benefit of presumptive taxation was extended for the first time to small professionals fixing threshold limit at
50 lakh. In order to promote a less cash economy, the presumptive profit rate has been reduced from 8% to 6%. The tax rate for companies with turnover of up to 250 crores, covering almost 99% of the companies, was reduced to 25% which was also applicable to new manufacturing companies without any turnover limits.
GST Reform for
benefit to consumers and businesses
62. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) reforms lingered on during the previous Government for almost a decade. Our Government implemented the GST, which is undoubtedly the biggest taxation reform undertaken since Independence. Seventeen different taxes levied by the Central and State/UT Governments with cascading effect of tax on tax, were consolidated into one GST. India became a common market. GST has resulted in increased tax base, higher collections and ease of trade. This will reduce the interface between the tax payer and the Government for day-to-day operations and assessments. Now returns are fully online and e-way bill system is in place. Inter-state movements have become faster, more efficient, and hassle free with no Entry Tax, check posts, and truck queues.
63. The high taxation levied on multiple commodities in the pre-GST regime has been
64. GST aims to benefit small traders, manufacturers and service providers. Exemptions from GST for small businesses has been doubled from
20 lakh to 40 lakh. Further, small businesses having turnover up to
1.5 crore have been given an attractive composition scheme wherein they pay only 1% flat rate and have to file one annual return only. Similarly, small service providers with turnover upto50 lakhs can now opt for composition scheme and pay GST at 6% instead of 18%. More than 35 lakh small traders, manufacturers
65. In spite of such major rate reductions and relaxations, revenue trends are encouraging. The average monthly tax collection in the current year is
97,100 crore per month as compared to 89,700 crore per month in the first year. The State revenues are improving with a guaranteed 14% annual revenue increase for the first five years.
Customs and Trading Across Border Reforms
66. To promote the “Make in India” initiative, we have undertaken rationalization of customs duties and procedures. Our Government has abolished duties on 36 capital goods. A revised system of importing duty-free capital goods and inputs for manufacture and export has been introduced, along with
Demonetisation and Drive against Black Money
67. Our Government is committed to eliminating the ills of black money from our country. The anti-black money measures taken by us during the last four and half years in the form of Black Money Law, the Fugitive Criminal Offenders Act, and Demonetisation, have brought the undisclosed income of about
1,30,000 crore to tax, led to seizure and attachment of assets worth approximately 50,000 crores and compelled holders of large cash currency to disclose their source of earnings. During this period, Benami assets worth
6,900 crore and foreign assets worth1,600 crores have been attached. As many as 3,38,000 shell companies have been detected and de-registered, and their directors disqualified. The growth of 18% indirect tax collection in 2017-18 and increase in tax base by as many as 1.06 crore people filing income tax returns for the first time in FY 2017-18 is mainly on account of demonetization.
Vision for the next Decade
68. Madam Speaker, the NDA Government headed by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has laid the foundation for India’s growth and development for times to come. We have resolved many problems which were coming in the way of realising our full potential as a society and an economy. We are poised to become a Five Trillion Dollar Economy in the next five years and aspire to become a Ten Trillion Dollar Economy in the next 8 years thereafter.
69. In the Indian ethos, anything which is good is supposed to bestow, cause, create and do good in all ten directions. I will, therefore, layout our vision for ten most important dimensions in 2030.
70. The First Dimension of this Vision will be to build physical as well as social infrastructure for a ten Trillion Dollar economy and to provide ease of living. It will comprise
71. The Second dimension of our Vision is to create a Digital India reaching every sector of the economy, every corner of the country and impacting the
72. Making India a pollution free nation with green Mother Earth and blue skies
73. Expanding rural industrialization using modern digital technologies to generate massive employment is the Fourth Dimension of our Vision. This will be built upon the Make in India approach to develo grass-roots level clusters, structures
74. Our rivers and water bodies are our
75. India’s long coastline has the potential of becoming the strength of the economy, particularly through
76. The Seventh Dimension of our Vision aims at the outer skies. Our space programme – Gaganyaan, India becoming the launch-pad of satellites for the World and placing an Indian astronaut into space by 2022 reflect this dimension of our vision.
77. Making India self-sufficient in food, exporting to the world to meet their food needs and producing food in the most organic way is the Eighth Dimension of our Vision. High farm production and productivity will be achieved through modern agricultural practices and value addition. An integrated approach towards agro and food processing, preservation, packaging
78. A healthy India is the Ninth Dimension of our Vision. We will be aiming at
79. Our Vision can be delivered by Team India – our employees working together with the elected Government, transforming India into a Minimum Government Maximum Governance nation. This is the Tenth Dimension. Our India of 2030 will have a proactive and responsible bureaucracy which will be viewed as friendly to people.
80. With this comprehensive ten-dimensional Vision, we will create an India where poverty, malnutrition, littering
The Fiscal Programme for 2019-20 and beyond
81. The estimate of incomes and expenditure which I am presenting
20,000 crore in 2018-19 RE and 75,000
82. Total expenditure rises from
24,57,235 crore in 2018-19 RE to27,84,200 crore in 2019-20 BE, a rise of
3,26,965 crore or approximately 13.30%. This reflect a high increase considering low inflation. Capital Expenditure for 2019-20 BE is estimated to be 3,36,292 crore. Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) are proposed to be allocated
3,27,679 crore in BE 2019-20 as against 3,04,849 crore in 2018-19 RE. Allocation for National Education Mission is being increased from
32,334 crore in RE 2018-19 to 38,572
23,357 crore in RE 2018-19 to 27,584
83. A substantial increase is proposed in the allocation for welfare of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The allocation of
56,619 crore made in BE of 2018-19 for Scheduled Caste, further increased to 62,474
76,801 crore in BE for 2019-20, an increase of 35.6% over BE of 2018-19. For the Scheduled Tribes also, proposed allocation in 2019-20 BE is 50,086
84. We have pursued
13 lakh crore. The Government received over 1 lakh crore from disinvestment proceeds during 2017-18. We are confident of crossing the target of `80,000
85. We have maintained the glide path towards our target of 3% of
86. Our Government had promised last year that we will carry out reforms in stamp duty levied and collected on financial securities transactions. I am proposing, through the Finance Bill, necessary amendments in this regard. The amendments proposed would usher in a very streamlined system. Stamp duties would be levied on one instrument relating to one transaction and get collected at one place through the Stock Exchanges. The duty so collected will be shared with the State Governments seamlessly on the basis of domicile of buying the client.
87. On behalf of all the people of India and our Government, I would first like to thank all our taxpayers for their valuable contribution to nation building and for providing a better life to the poor and marginalized sections of society. Your tax helps provide dignity to our sisters and mothers with toilets and cooking gas connections. Your tax pays for the electricity connections to the poor who lived in darkness for generations. The tax you pay will provide health care to 50 crore brothers and sisters, and children. It is
88. Because of major tax reforms undertaken by us during the last four and half years, both tax collections
89. Individual taxpayers having taxable annual income up to
5 lakhs will get full tax rebate and therefore will not be required to pay any income tax. As a result, even persons having gross income up to 6.50 lakhs may not be required to pay any income tax if they make investments in provident funds, specified savings, insurance etc. In fact, with additional deductions such as interest on a home loan up to
2 lakh, interest on education loans, National Pension Scheme contributions, medical insurance, medical expenditure on senior citizens etc, persons having even higher income will not have to pay any tax. This will provide tax benefit of 18,500 crores to an estimated 3 crore middle-class taxpayers comprising self-employed, small business, small traders, salary earners, pensioners, and senior citizens.
90. For salaried persons, Standard Deduction is being raised from the current ` 40,000 to ` 50,000. This will provide
91. Currently, income tax on notional rent is payable if one has more than one self-occupied house. Considering the difficulty of the middle class having to maintain families at two locations on account of their job, children’s education, care of parents etc. I am proposing to exempt
92. TDS threshold on interest earned on bank/post office deposits is being raised from ` 10,000 to ` 40,000. This will benefit small depositors and non-working spouses. Further, the TDS threshold for deduction of tax on rent is proposed to be increased from ` 1,80,000 to ` 2,40,000 for providing relief to small taxpayers.
93. The benefit of rollover of capital gains under section 54 of the Income Tax Act will be increased from investment in one residential house to two residential
94. For making more homes available under affordable housing, the benefits under Section 80-IBA of the Income Tax Act is being extended for one more year, i.e. to the housing projects approved till 31st
95. Also, for giving impetus to the real estate sector, I have proposed to extend the period of exemption from levy of tax on notional rent, on unsold inventories, from one year to two years, from the end of the year in which the project is completed.
96. Madam Speaker, This is not merely an Interim Budget, but a medium of the country’s development journey. All the transformation that we are witnessing, is because of the passion of the people of our nation. The credit goes to them only. Development has become a mass-movement during the period of our Government.
97. We will transform India into a leading nation of the world with the help of our people. We, along with them have laid the foundation. A grand edifice will be erected with their support. We have given a decisive leadership, whose intent is clear,
98. With this, I commend the Budget to this august House