Union Budget 2017: Key Highlights

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Welcome to Mentor for Bank Exams. The 2017 Union Budget, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday, was broadly focused on 10 issues — farming sector, rural population, youth, poor and underprivileged health care, infrastructure, financial sector for stronger institutions, speedy accountability, public services, prudent fiscal management and tax administration for the honest.
Key Highlights of Union Budget 2017:
  • Total expenditure in Budget for 2017-18 has been placed at`21.47 lakh crores and this is expected to have multiplier effects and lead to higher growth.
  • The total resources being transferred to the States and the Union Territories with Legislatures is Rs. 4.11 lakh crores in 2017-18, as against Rs.3.60 lakh crores in BE 2016-17.
  • Defence expenditure excluding pensions stands at Rs. 2,74,114 crore
  • For the first time, a consolidated Outcome Budget, covering all Ministries and Departments, is being laid along with the General Budget
  • FM: Revenue Deficit for next year is pegged at 1.9%  as against 2% mandated by the FRBM Act.
  • FM: India seen as an engine of global growth and is expected to be one of the fastest growing major economies in 2017.
  • Terming demonization a right cause, Finance Minister recalled Mahatma’s quote that  “A right cause never fails”.
  • FM: Agenda is (TEC)- to transform the quality of governance, energise various sections of society and to clean the country from evils of corruption, black money and non-transparent political funding.
  • FM: Approach is to spend more in rural areas, on infrastructure and poverty alleviation while maintaining fiscal prudence.
  • The Government will undertake a Mission Antyodaya to bring one crore households out of poverty and to make 50,000 gram panchayats poverty free by 2019, the year marking the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji.
  • Mahila Shakti Kendras to be set up at village level
  • Budget for the welfare of Women and Children stepped up from Rs. 1,56,528 crores to Rs 1,84,632 crores in 2017-18.
  • Allocation for infrastructure development in 2017-18 is Rs.3,96,135 crores.
  • Railways expenditure will be Rs. 1,31,000 crores, Rs.55,000 crores to be provided by the Government .
  • Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) will be launched in 2017-18.
  • Further liberalisation of FDI policy is under consideration.
  • Government decided to abolish the Foreign Investment Promotion Board FIPB in 2017-18.
  • An integrated Public Sector ‘Oil Major’, to match the performance of huge international and domestic private sector oil and gas companies, is proposed.
  • The shares of Railway PSEs like IRCTC, IRFC and IRCON will be listed in stock exchanges.
  • The Finance Minister announced that a new ETF with diversified CPSE stocks and other Government holdings will be launched in 2017-18.
  • Rs. 10,000 crores is provided for recapitalization of Banks in 2017-18. The Finance Minister says that an additional allocation will be provided, as may be required.
  • For  the The Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana the lending  target has been set at Rs. 2.44 lakh crores in 2017-18, doubling it from the ones in 2015-16 with priority to be given to Dalits, Tribals, Backward Classes, Minorities and Women.