01 February 2018 Current Affairs: The Union Budget, to be the last for this government in view of the general elections due in the first half of 2019, may have two main components:
The first part deals with new schemes and outlays for various existing schemes and sectors for the coming fiscal, while the second contains announcements on direct and indirect taxes.
With the implementation of single tax regime GST, this year's budget is believed to take into account only those items that still remain outside the purview of GST.
It is highly expected that 2018-19 budget could contain changes in customs and excise duties on these remaining products, which for most others have been subsumed under GST.
For the rest, you'll have to watch this space for the review of Union Budget 2018-19.
As per the FM in the Union Budget, India is expected to become the fifth largest economy very soon.
The Growth rate is expected between 7.2-7.5% in the second half of 2017-18.
Exports are expected to grow 15% in 2018.
As per the FM, India is a Rs2.5 trillion economy.
MSP to increase at least 1.5 times that of production cost.
Minimum Support Price (MSP) of all crops shall increase to at least 1.5 times that of the production cost.
The government will set up a fund of Rs 2,000 crore for developing agricultural markets.
Our focus is on productive and gainful on-farm and non-farm employment for farmers and landless families, says Jaitley.
MSP for Kharif cost will be 1.5 times the cost of production.
As per the FM, APMCs will be linked with ENAM.
The government will develop 22,000 Gramin agricultural markets.
The cluster-model approach will be adopted for agricultural production.
Allocation in food production sector doubled to Rs 1400 crore.
Minimum Support Price shall be increased by 1.5 times. Operation Green will be launched for agriculture and the Minister allocates Rs500 crore for this.
Agricultural corpus worth Rs 2000 crore will be set up. 470 APMCs have been connected to eNAM network, the rest to be connected by March 2018.
A fund for the fishery, aquaculture development and animal husbandry will be set up with a total corpus to be Rs 10,000 crore. We will also allocate Rs 1290 crore for a bamboo mission, as it is green gold.
In all, we are providing Rs 10 lakh crore to Rs 11 lakh crore as credit for agricultural activities.
Jaitley proposes to increase the target of providing free LPG connections to 8 crore to poor women.
Ujjwala Yojana, the free LPG connection scheme expanded to eight crore households.
Six crore toilets have been built already, and in the next year, two crore additional toilets will be constructed.
The government will provide 4 crore electricity connections to the poor under Saubhagya Yojana.
Kisan credit card to be extended to fisheries,animal husbandry farmers.
The government will establish a dedicated affordable housing fund.
Loans to self-help groups will increase to Rs75,000 crore.
Govt. allocated Rs5,750 crore to National Livelihood Mission and Rs2,600 crore to the groundwater irrigation scheme.
Ayushman Bharat program discussed.
Eklavya schools for tribal children.
24 new government medical colleges.
Government is implementing a comprehensive social security scheme.
Govt. will initiate an integrated B-Ed programme for teachers.
Government proposes to launch the Revitalising of Infrastructure and Systems of Education (RISE) by next year.
Govt. proposed to set up two new full-fledged schools of planning and architecture.
18 new schools of planning and architecture will be set up in the IITs and NITs.
Rs. 1 lakh crore over 4 years for initiative for Infrastructure Devt. in education.
2 major initiatives as part of Ayushman Bharat program.
Eklavya schools to be open for tribal children.
National health protection scheme to cover 10 cr poor families. Health cover of up to 5 lakh per family per year for poor & vulnerable. National health protection scheme to benefit 50 crore people.
24 new govt medical college & hospitals.
Rs. 600 crore for nutritional support to all TB patients.
Rs. 1200 crore for health and wellness centres.
Loans to women self-help groups of women to be increased to 75,000 cr by March 19.
Govt. is launching a new national health protection scheme – Rashtriya Samaj Beema Yojana. This will have 50 crore beneficiaries and 10 crore families will get 5 lakh per year for their families to cover secondary and tertiary hospital expenses. This is the world's largest government-funded healthcare program.
A Rs 600 crore corpus is being set up to help Tuberculosis patients. This will build a new India in 2022 and enhance productivity and will also generate lakhs of jobs for women.
PM Jeevan Beema Yojana benefitted more than 2 crore families.
Jan Dhan Yojana will be extended to all 60 crore bank accounts.
The government increased allocation for SC-ST earmarked programmes: Rs 56,000 crore for SCs and Rs 39,000 crore for STs.
By 2022, every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal people will have 'Ekalavya' school at par with Navodaya Vidyalas.
The government will announce measures to address non-performing assets of MSMEs.
As per the FM, Rs. 3 lakh crore for lending under is being allocated in FY 19 for PM's MUDRA Yojana.
Smart city Mission and AMRUT discussed.
Smart city command control centre discussed