Aadhaar for PAN, Rs 20 Coin & More: Key Highlights of Budget 2019
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The Modi government’s new Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman tabled the Union Budget on Friday, 5 July, stating that the Indian economy was well within the capacity to reach the $5 trillion target in the next few years.
She also said India would become a $3 trillion economy in the current year itself.
Here are some key highlights from Union Budget 2019.
HOUSING, ELECTRICITY, LPG & FUEL PRICES
- In the second phase of PMAY-Gramin, 1.95 crore houses will be provided to eligible beneficiaries, during 2019-20 to 2021-22. These houses will have amenities such as LPG, electricity and toilets.
- Proposal to make PAN card and Aadhaar card interchangeable and allow those who don't have PAN to file returns by simply quoting Aadhaar number.
- By 2022, every single rural family except those who are unwilling to take the connection will have electricity and clean cooking facility.
- Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana - Phase 3 envisaged to upgrade 1.25 lakh km of road length at an estimated cost of Rs 80,250 crore.
- Rs 100 lakh crore allocated for the infrastructure sector, with an expert committee to ensure ease of flow of funds.
- Petrol and diesel to become Rs 2 dearer on imposition of special additional excise duty and road and infrastructure cess of Re 1 each.
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INDIA INC AND NEW COIN SERIES
- A new series of coins of Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 20, easily identifiable to the visually impaired, will be made available for public use shortly.
- A television programme on Doordarshan will be launched exclusively for start-ups and entrepreneurs.
- Government to bring a new national educational policy and allocate Rs 400 crore for world class institutions.
- India has potential to become an educational hub, said Sitharaman while proposing ‘Study in India’ programme to attract foreign students.
- National Sports Education Board will be set up under the ‘Khelo India’ scheme.
- To sensitise youth on Gandhian values, Sitharaman said a 'Gandhipedia' is being developed in honour of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.
NRIs, FDI & MSMEs
- NRIs with Indian passport to no longer required to wait for 180 days to get the Aadhaar card.
- Proposed to further relax foreign direct investment (FDI) norms in the single brand retail sector with a view to attract more overseas investment.
- Government to create payment platform for MSMEs.
- Proposes 100% FDI for insurance intermediaries.
- Pension benefit for about 3 crore retail traders and shopkeepers.
- Sitharaman said the government proposes Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana to address critical infrastructure gap in fisheries sector.
- Rs 1 lakh loan for women under interest subvention scheme.