Highlights: Union Budget 2013-14
Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented one of the most highly anticipated budgets of recent years on Thursday.
New Delhi: The Union Budget for 2013-14 aims at higher growth rate leading to inclusive and sustainable development as 'mool mantra'. Finance Minister P Chidambaram makes three promises: to women, the youth and the poor.
- Nirbhaya Fund to empower women and to keep them safe and secure, proposal to set up India's first Women's Bank as a public sector bank, Rs 1,000 crore for skill development of ten lakh youth to enhance their employability and productivity.
- The Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Scheme to be rolled out throughout the country during the term of UPA Government.
- Fiscal Deficit for 2013-14 is pegged at 4.8 per cent of GDP. The Revenue Deficit will be 3.3 per cent for the same period.
- Plan Expenditure placed at Rs 5,55,322 crore. It is 33.3 per cent of the total expenditure while Non Plan Expenditure is estimated at Rs 11,09,975 crore. The plan expenditure in 2013-14 will be 29.4 per cent more than the RE of the current year ie 2012-13.
- Substantial rise in allocation to the social sector. Allocation for Rural Development Ministry raised by 46 per cent to Rs 80,194 crore.
- The target for farm credit for 2013-14 has been set at Rs 7,00,000 crore against Rs 5,75,000 crore during the current year.
- Rs 10,000 crore earmarked for National Food Security towards the incremental cost.
- Education gets Rs 65,867 crore, an increase of 17 per cent over RE for 2012-13.
- ICDS gets Rs 17,700 crore. This is 11.7 per cent more than the current year.
- Drinking water and sanitation will receive Rs 15,260 crore. Rs 1,400 crore is being provided for setting up water purification plants to cover arsenic and fluoride affected rural areas.
- Health and Family Welfare Ministry has been allotted Rs 37,330 crore. National Health Mission will get Rs 21,239 crore which represents 24.3 per cent over the RE.
- The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) will receive Rs 14,873 crore as against RE of Rs 7,383 crore in the current year.
- Defence has been allocated Rs 2,03,672 crore.
- Rs 3,511 crore have been earmarked to Minority Affairs Ministry, 60 per cent higher than RE for 2012-13.
- The Government will encourage Infrastructure Debt Fund (IDF) and allow some institutions to raise tax free bonds upto Rs 50,000 crore which is 100 per cent more than the current year.
- India Infrastructure Finance Corporation (IIFC), in partnership with ADB will help infrastructure companies to access bond market to tap long term funds.
- Income limit under Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme (RGESS) will be raised
from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 12 lakh.
- First home loan from a bank or housing finance corporation upto Rs 25 lakh entitled to additional deduction of interest upto Rs 1 lakh.
- Proposal to launch Inflation Indexed Bonds or Inflation Indexed National Security Certificates to protect savings from inflation.
- On oil and gas exploration policy, the Budget proposes to move from the present profit sharing mechanism to revenue sharing. Natural gas pricing policy will be reviewed.
- On coal, the Budget proposes adoption of a policy of pooled pricing.
- Benefits or preferences enjoyed by MSME to continue upto three years after they grow out of this category.
- Refinancing capacity of SIDBI raised to Rs 10,000 crore.
- Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) for textile to continue in 12th Plan with an investment target of Rs 1,51,000 crore.
- Rs 14,000 crore will be provided to public sector banks for capital infusion in 2013-14.
- A grant of Rs 100 crore each has been made to 4 institutions of excellence including Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).
- New taxes to yield Rs 18,000 crore.
- A surcharge of 10 per cent on persons (other than companies) whose taxable income exceeds Rs 1 crore have been levied.
- Tobacco products, SUVs and Mobile Phones to cost more.
- Relief of Rs 2,000 for the tax payers in the first bracket of 2 to 5 lakhs.
- 'Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme' launched for recovering service tax dues.
- Rs 9,000 crore earmarked as the first installment of balance of CST compensations to different States/UTs.