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Not an Interim Budget: Mr Goyal's first has all features of a full Budget

No interim budget in the past also announced as big an income-tax concession as Mr Piyush Goyal did

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Interim Budget 2019  |  Piyush Goyal  |  Pranab Mukherjee

A K Bhattacharya 

A K Bhattacharya

This is not an interim budget.

What Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presented Friday has no resemblance with any of the previous three interim budgets presented by his predecessors — Jaswant Singh in 2004, Pranab Mukherjee in 2009 and Palaniappan Chidambaram in 2014. No interim budget in the past announced a new programme with as huge an annual expenditure outlay of Rs 75,000 crore as Mr Goyal’s scheme, Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN), which will offer an annual income support of Rs 6,000 per year to all farmer families that have cultivable land up to two ...

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First Published: Fri, February 01 2019. 20:21 IST
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