Highlights of 'Aam aadmi' Budget

Highlights of 'Aam aadmi' Budget

- No change in corporate tax rate
- Income tax exemption limit for senior citizens increased by Rs.15,000, for women and others by 10,000 each   
- New indirect tax will be introduced in 45 days
- Fringe benefit tax abolished
- Goods and services tax (GST) will be introduced April 1, 2010
- An alternative dispute settlement mechanism to be set up to settle tax disputes
- Lawyers brought under the ambit of service tax
- Tax exemption on profits in the natural gas sector extended  
- Customs duty on LCD TVs reduced to 5 percent from 10 percent 
- Five percent customs tax imposed on set-top boxes
- Rs.500 crore for the rehabilitation of displaced Sri Lankan Tamils and reconstruction activities in that country 
- Aligarh Muslim University campuses to be set up in Murshidabad in West Bengal and Malappuram in Kerala  
- Allocation for the minority affairs ministry raised to Rs.1,740
- Plan expenditure up 34 percent, non-plan spend up 37 percent
- Total spending increased to Rs.10.2 lakh crore
- Rs.420 crore for new IITs and NITs
- Commonwealth Games allocated Rs.3,472 crore
- National unique identification numbers to start rolling out in 12-18 months
- Paramilitary forces such as CRPF to get 100,000 homes
- Banking services in under-banked areas to be increased, scheme allocated Rs.100 crore
- Agriculture debt waiver extended by six months
- Outlay for national rural health mission increased by Rs.2,057 crore from the Rs.12,070 crore provided in the interim budget
- Allocation towards National Rural Employment Guarantee Act increased by Rs.39,100 crore 
- Allocation for Bharat Nirman scheme increased by 45 percent
- Rs.20 billion for rural housing
- Rural electrification scheme to get Rs.7,000 crore more
- Tax department to work on early introduction of Saral 2 forms
- Stimulus for print media extended from June 13 to Dec 31
- Rs.1,000 crore to accelerate irrigation projects
- Agriculture development fund increased from Rs.2.87 lakh crore to Rs.3.25 lakh crore
- Market development assistance scheme for exporters increased by 148 percent to Rs.124 crore
- Pre-shipment interest subvention set at 2 percent for textile exporters
- Will make sufficient funds for infrastructure development
- Allocation for national highways development stepped up by 23 percent
- Allocation for urban poor schemes to be raised to Rs.39,730 crore in 2009-10
- LNG infrastructure to be expanded
- Allocation for Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission raised by 87 percent to Rs.12,887 crore

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