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UNION BUDGET 2016 COMMENTARY

  • 9:48 PM

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman resisted calls for a fiscal boost to spur a weakening economy, sticking instead to a plan to narrow the budget deficit over time by keeping spending in check.
     
    The fiscal deficit target for the year that began on April 1 was lowered to 3.3 per cent of gross domestic product from 3.4 per cent set in February’s interim plan. Read more

  • 9:46 PM

    While the changes in the Budget in the rates of duty of customs have been for good reasons, except for duties on newsprint and books, general reform of the tariff has not been done.

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  • 9:44 PM

    Cheering the government's proposal to set up mega manufacturing plants for solar cells, batteries and solar charging infrastructure, industry experts said the move will give a boost to the sunrise industry and Make in India programme.
     
    The industry experts, however, noted that such initiatives would require larger support structure in the form of soft loans, export credits in order to compete globally.
     

  • 9:18 PM

    Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Friday said the Union Budget "lacked vision" and had nothing to offer to any section of society.
     
    He said it ignored a critical sector like defence and no allocation was made for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev.

  • 9:09 PM

    The Modi government has hiked the spending on health by around 18 per cent with allocation for the flagship 'Ayushman Bharat' scheme, said to be one of the major reasons for people re-electing the NDA, jumping from Rs 2,400 crore to Rs 6,400 crore.

  • 9:07 PM

    The Department of Space has seen a marginal hike in the budgetary allocation from Rs 11,200 crore in 2018-19 to Rs 12,473 crore in 2019-20.
     
    However, the head under space technology has seen a hike of nearly Rs 1,400 crore. In 2018-19, Rs 6,992 crore was allocated under this head. It rose to Rs 8,407 crore in 2019-20.
     

  • 9:03 PM

  • 9:00 PM

    The central government expects to get a massive fund influx from the Reserve Bank of India as dividends in 2019-20.
     
    Accordingly, senior government official have said that around Rs 90,000 crore is expected to come from the apex bank in this fiscal.

  • 8:36 PM

  • 8:33 PM

    An amount of Rs 400 crore for building world class institutions in the country was sanctioned in the Union budget.
     
    The amount, provided under the head "World Class Institutions", is more than three times the revised estimates for the previous year.