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Budget 2022: PM Modi to Talk About ‘People-Friendly’ Budget on Wednesday

Union Budget 2022: PM Modi called the budget "people-friendly" and said he will speak in detail on Wednesday regarding the same.

News18.com | February 01, 2022, 23:35 IST
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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday presented Budget 2022 and tabled the Finance Bill 2022 to the Parliament. This year’s budget is said to have come as a disappointment to salaried taxpayers, as little to no changes were brought into effect in terms of income tax. Sitharaman gave her shortest Budget speech to date this year. Read More

Feb 01, 2022 21:09 IST

Meghalaya CM Terms Union Budget as Forward Looking & Futuristic

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma hailed the Union Budget and termed it as a forward looking and futuristic budget. The CM said he is happy that our suggestions during the budget discussion meeting in December to increase outlay under the Scheme for Financial Assistance to the state has been accepted and now Meghalaya would benefit by Rs 100 crore more in this year itself.

Feb 01, 2022 20:23 IST

Budget Growth-oriented, Focused on Building Long Term Strength: SIAM

The Union Budget 2022-23 is growth-oriented, focused on building long term strength using investment as the lever while maintaining policy stability and inclusivity, auto industry body SIAM President Kenichi Ayukawa said. While lauding various proposals announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, he said, “We welcome the message on ease of doing business and look forward to this being observed in spirit by all departments”. In a statement, Ayukawa highlighted steps such as the 35 per cent increased capex outlay, major infrastructure projects like 25,000 km road construction, 100 cargo terminals, project Gati Shakti, 5G network, optic fibre cable laying and the recent PLI schemes as major positives. “Impetus to charging infrastructure and energy storage systems and government support in R&D for clean energy, green mobility and semiconductors will help the auto sector,” said the head of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).

Feb 01, 2022 20:10 IST

Budget 2022: Ashwini Vaishnaw Speaks on 5G Spectrum

“As soon as the TRAI recos come, we will be ready with the auction process. TRAI recommendations on 5G spectrum is expected in March. We hope to reach 10 lakh broadband connections per month. More regulatory reforms are needed for the telecom sector. We are working on new reforms. Lot more needs to be done to improve the health of the telecom sector,” said Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to CNBC-TV18.

Feb 01, 2022 20:04 IST

Budget Has Made Substantial Increase in Allocation: Ashwini Vaishnaw

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said, “Budget has made substantial increase in allocation. All super critical, critical projects for increasing capacity can be given priority. Budgetary allocations will help access to newer tech.”

Feb 01, 2022 19:55 IST

People from All Walks of Life Have Welcomed Union Budget: PM Modi

“This Budget brings more infra, more investment, more growth and more jobs. Budget aimed at transforming the agriculture sector including ensuring credit, record MSP, boosting food processing and encouraging start-ups in the sector,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a series of tweets.

Feb 01, 2022 19:43 IST

Ministry of Ayush Receives Rs 3,050 Crore in Union Budget

The Ministry of Ayush has received an allocation of Rs 3,050 in the Union Budget 2022-23, a slight increase of 2.69 per cent from 2021-22 when Rs 2,970 crore was earmarked for it. An amount of Rs 306 crore has been set aside for the Central Sector Schemes under the ministry, while Rs 110 crore has been allocated for Statutory and Regulatory Bodies. Autonomous bodies like Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, Central Council for Research in Homeopathy and Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine have been allocated Rs 1,759 crore. The allocation for the National AYUSH Mission has increased to Rs 800 crore from Rs 553 crore in 2021-22.

Feb 01, 2022 19:39 IST

Budget 2022 Allots Rs 1,500 crore for Development of North-East, Gets a Thumbs-up

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Rs 1,500-crore budget allotment for development of the North-East region has spread cheer among locals. The scheme, Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for NorthEast, PM-DevINE, will be implemented through the North-Eastern Council. It will fund infrastructure, in the spirit of PM GatiShakti, and social development projects based on the needs of the North-East. It will enable livelihood activities for youth and women, filling the gaps in various sectors. Read More

Feb 01, 2022 19:30 IST

Road Connectivity Push for UP; Rs 1,400 Crore for Ken-Betwa River-Linking Project

With a focus on Uttar Pradesh, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman promised 1,533 km road projects at a cost of Rs 46,627 crore, with the allocation of Rs 16,350 crore for national highways, in Budget 2022 announced on Tuesday. The massive infrastructure projects include expressways between Kanpur and Lucknow, Varanasi and Kolkata, and a corridor between Gorakhpur and Siliguri in West Bengal. It also includes international connectivity between Sonauli (a transit point between India and Nepal) and Gorakhpur. The government’s focus seems to be on the development of roads in Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh. Read More

Feb 01, 2022 19:26 IST

Jharkhand CM Calls Budget 2022 'Mann ki Baat' of Centre

“This (Budget 2022) is just like another “Mann ki Baat” of Centre. By selling companies and properties of the country, the BJP has become a company of worth Rs 5,000 crore,” said Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren.

Feb 01, 2022 19:19 IST

Ministry of Science and Technology Allocated Rs 14,217 Crore

The Ministry of Science and Technology has been allocated Rs 14,217 crore in the Union Budget 2022-23, a 3.9 per cent decrease from last fiscal. The ministry has three departments Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology and Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). An amount of Rs 6,000 crore has been allocated to the Department of Science and Technology, Rs 2,581 crore to the Department of Biotechnology and Rs 5,636 crore have been allocated to the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. All these departments played a key role in combating the Covid-19 pandemic in the country. The Central Sector Schemes under the Department of Science and Technology were allocated Rs 2,894 crore, a drop from Rs 2,915 crore in 2021-22.

Feb 01, 2022 19:08 IST

'Budget Mirrors India's Commitment to Enhancing Productivity’

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s fourth budget address on Tuesday morning which is touted to be her shortest speech in 4 years, garnered praise from eminent personalities from all walks of life and was especially hailed for its rare mention of mental health amid the ongoing pandemic. Joining the bandwagon was also President of USIBC ( and U.S. Ambassador (retd.), Atul Keshap who congratulated the Finance Minister and the Government of India on today’s Union Budget announcement. Lauding the budget speech, Atul Keshap said that the initiatives undertaken show India’s continued commitment to enhancing productivity, creating jobs, and capitalizing on nine percent projected growth to integrate into global value chains. Read More

Feb 01, 2022 19:04 IST

Nothing for Maharashtra in Union Budget, Says Ajit Pawar

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar claimed the state contributed Rs 48,000 crore to the central kitty in the form of GST, but it got only Rs 5,000 crore in the Union Budget for 2022-23, which he said, reads like an election manifesto with no relief for middle class tax payers. In a statement issued after the budget was presented in Parliament, Pawar, who is also the state’s finance minister, said injustice has been done to Maharashtra, ruled by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance. It seems the Union government has decided to continue its tradition of neglecting Maharashtra in its budgetary provisions like the previous ones. Maharashtra contributed to the tune of Rs 48,000 crore to the Union government’s total collection of Rs 2.20 lakh crore (so far) in the current fiscal (2021-22). However, Maharashtra has received only Rs 5,000 crore in return, Pawar said.

Feb 01, 2022 18:56 IST

PLI Has Potential to Generate 60 Lakh Jobs, Govt Giving Highest MSP to Farmers: Nirmala Sitharaman

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the annual budget has steadiness, predictability and futuristic as it has been designed for the next 25 years. The finance minister said that Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme has the potential to generate at least 60 lakh new job opportunities. Nirmala Sitharaman said that capital expenditure has increased from Rs 5.5 lakh crore to Rs 7.5 lakh crore. She also said that the government is giving the highest MSP to farmers on crops and added that the government is ready to help the farmers decide the fate of agriculture. Read More

Feb 01, 2022 18:50 IST

Rise in Capex Bodes Well for Economic Activity, Job Creation: Sundaram Finance

The substantial increase in capital expenditure to Rs 7.50 lakh crore as announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is clearly the highlight of the Union Budget and this bodes well for sustaining the economic activity and job creation in the medium term, a top official of Sundaram Finance said. The support extended to the micro, small and medium enterprises sector, especially hospitality, through an extension of the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) till March 2023 would help recover MSMEs from the fallout of the pandemic, Sundaram Finance Managing Director Rajiv Lochan said. “The government has done its part on investments and thrown down the gauntlet to the private sector to make its contribution to investments”, he was quoted as saying by PTI, adding that all these initiatives make it a “progressive budget” for the medium term.

Feb 01, 2022 18:46 IST

Metro Projects Get Rs 19,130-crore in Union Budget

The Centre has allocated Rs 19,130 crore in the Union Budget 2022-23 for various metro projects in the country. An outlay of Rs 19,130 cr has been made in the Budget for metro projects across the country. In November last year, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said that 723 km of metro network was operational in 18 cities, and additional over 1,000 km of network under construction in various cities. Separately, six new proposals were also being evaluated, he had said. Meanwhile, Delhi Metro officials said in recent years, the Union Ministry of Finance is providing Budget for all metro projects in India, instead of DMRC alone. Accordingly, in Budget 2022-23, allocation made for all metro projects in India is Rs 19,130 cr.

Feb 01, 2022 18:32 IST

Rahul Gandhi Has Problem in Understanding Maths: Piyush Goyal

“To understand the Budget Session 2022, you (Opposition) need intelligence. Rahul Gandhi anyway has a problem in understanding maths, he will look at everything with a sum of 0. I believe that FM has shown a new way of developing the nation,” said Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal.

Feb 01, 2022 18:30 IST

Tax Burden on Middle Class Has Been Reduced Quite A Lot: Piyush Goyal

“Tax burden on the middle class has already been reduced quite a lot. Our efforts are to conserve resources and increase opportunities and income…Privately issued cryptocurrencies are not government recognized legal tenders and will have a 30 per cent tax,” ANI quoted Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal as saying.

Feb 01, 2022 18:26 IST

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar Welcomes Union Budget

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, “In the Union Budget, many steps have been taken by the Central Government to boost the pace of development in the country, which is commendable. The decision to build infrastructure on a large scale in the country is also welcome.”

Feb 01, 2022 18:22 IST

PM Modi Hails ‘People-Friendly, Progressive Budget’, Says 'It Addresses India’s Future'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the Union Budget presented in the Parliament this morning will benefit the poor and create more growth and jobs for the country’s youth. “This budget is pro-poor. It addresses India’s future and is for India’s youth. The budget will create more growth and more jobs. This budget is for ‘Kissan Kalyan’ and it also focuses on ‘Garib Kalyan’,” PM Modi said. Countering the Opposition’s argument that the Budget does not focus on the deprived or the salaried middle-class, the prime minister highlighted that an important aspect of the budget is the welfare of the poor. Read More

Feb 01, 2022 18:17 IST

With IOR Focus, Navy Gets 43% Capital Outlay Hike, Army Modernisation Funds Dip 12.2%

Emphasising the central government’s focus on the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and overall maritime security, union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday announced a massive jump of around 43 per cent in the modernisation funds of the Indian Navy in the defence budget for 2022-23 at Rs 47,590.99 crore. The Indian Air Force retained the biggest share of the forces’ capital budget at Rs 56,851.55 crore–an increase of just about 4.5 per cent from the previous financial year. But the Indian Army’s capital budget went down by 12.2 per cent to Rs 32,102 crore, from Rs 36,481.90 crore in the last fiscal. Read More

This was the fourth straight time that Sitharaman presented the Union Budget. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the Lower House too. He also chaired a Cabinet meeting today, where the Union Budget 2022 was approved. During the press conference, the FM said on unemployment, “Due to pandemic there was the impact on job market worldwide, but we have taken steps and to help people. And will do more.”

After Sitharaman’s Budget speech, PM Modi called the Union Budget “people-friendly”. He kept his speech short and said he will speak in detail on Wednesday regarding the same.

This year, the Budget was paperless for the second time in a row, as the finance ministry had earlier notified. The Union Budget 2022-23 would also be available on the Mobile App after the process of Union Budget presentation. Ahead of reaching the Parliament, the finance minister posed with her tab containing the budget documents.

Also Read: Budget 2022: From Bahi Khata to iPad, How Nirmala Sitharaman Ditched the British-Era Budget Briefcase

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What are the changes related to income tax in this Budget?

There were no major changes in income tax slabs in the Budget 2022. However, the government did allow a two-year window for taxpayers to correct their filings for a particular assessment year.

Also Read: How will Budget 2022 benefit students?

Also, the focus of the Budget was on ease of tax compliance, simplification and digitisation as well as ease of doing business. Measures to support small businesses and the rural economy are also were also taken in Budget 2022. Check this space for budget 2022 highlights.

Read More: When is Budget 2022-23? Know Date, Time, How to Watch FM Nirmala Sitharaman’s Speech

The stage for the Budget presentation was set by the Economic Survey stating that the government has the fiscal space to do more to support the economy that is forecast to grow at a healthy 8-8.5 per cent growth in the 2022-23 fiscal.

The Budget presentation usually lasts between 90 and 120 minutes. In 2020, Nirmala Sitharaman broke her own record and presented a marathon 162-minute (two hours and 42 minutes) address despite cutting short her speech due to health issues.

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