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Budget 2022: ‘India should become a $5 trillion economy by FY26’

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with Ministers of State for Finance Bhagwat Karad (R) and Pankaj Chaudhury (L) shows the digital tablet wrapped in a traditional 'Bahi Khata' style pouch 

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed to set up a digital university to provide education that will be built on a hub and spoke model.

Union Budget 2022-23 will lay the foundation for India's economic growth and expansion for the next 25 years, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said while presenting the budget in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. 


Union Budget 2022 comes at a crucial juncture for the public and policymakers alike for the following reasons: 1) upcoming elections in five states, 2) looming omicron threat, 3) nascent economic recovery, and 4) key numbers like fiscal deficit, tax collection, and spending outlook.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led govt expects to lead the world in economic growth this year in a post-pandemic bounceback, according to Economic Survey 2022.

01 Feb 2022, 05:13 PM IST Budget 2022: The 10 most important things you need to know

Here’s a one-stop-shop for what the Narendra Modi government’s tenth budget had to offer. Full article

01 Feb 2022, 05:11 PM IST New crypto tax regime to come into effect from April 1

New crypto tax regime to come into effect from April 1: Revenue Secretary Tarun Bajaj

01 Feb 2022, 05:07 PM IST Import duty on raw materials

"Since the last budget, we have not raised import duties on the intermediary products and raw materials to support manufacturing, and help downstream industry.": FM .

01 Feb 2022, 05:05 PM IST Amending the SEZ Act

The government will work on amending the SEZ Act and more details will be announced later: FM.

01 Feb 2022, 05:05 PM IST Budget reaction: Hospitality sector

"The Union Budget provides some relief and medium to long term infrastructure measures to stressed tourism travel & hospitality industry, but there was an immediate opportunity for more direct intervention to support the highly stressed tourism travel and hospitality companies and their employees." Nakul Anand , Chairman, FAITH.

01 Feb 2022, 05:04 PM IST Budget reaction: Hospitality sector

"By announcements made for the hospitality industry in Union Budget 2022, the government has shown that it understands the situation and plight of the industry, which has struggled to survive in the pandemic. Extension of the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) and allocation of additional INR 50,000 crores for hotels and hospitality sector till March 2023 has brought a wave of relief to the industry. The budget is also inclusive of aggressive infrastructure development with eight ropeways, an additional 25,000 km of National Highways, 400 new Vande Bharat Trains with modern facilities, etc. Plus, the introduction of the revolutionary ePassport. All these will be instrumental in encouraging both international and domestic travelers to explore the country with ease and give a new lifeline to hospitality brands of all sizes." - Manbeer Choudhary, Chairman cum Managing Director, Jewels Group of Hotels.

01 Feb 2022, 05:01 PM IST Budget reactions: Agriculture 

"I congratulate the Hon’ble Finance Minister for once again presenting a visionary, futuristic and growth oriented Budget, which is aligned to the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of building a competitive and resilient India. The path-breaking measures address key issues of livelihood generation, enhancing farmer incomes and building climate resilience. The substantive enhancement of public expenditure will create a multiplier impact on growth and competitiveness. The multi-dimensional interventions to usher in Next Generation Agriculture through digitalisation, R&D, leveraging strengths of Agri-techs and FPOs, will transform the agri sector." - Sanjiv Puri, Chairman, ITC Ltd

01 Feb 2022, 04:57 PM IST Agriculture credit target

Agriculture credit target is 18 lakh crore for next fiscal compared to 16.5 lakh cr in the current year: Official

01 Feb 2022, 04:44 PM IST PM had given instructions that people should not be burdened with taxes: FM

I have not tried to earn even a single paisa by increasing tax this year & even last year. PM had given clear instructions that people should not be burdened with taxes at the time of the pandemic, notwithstanding the deficit: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 04:33 PM IST When will India become $5 trillion economy?

“India's GDP in dollar terms has already crossed $3 trillion. With some luck and real GDP growth of 8-9 percent, India should become a $5 trillion economy by FY26." - CEA V Anantha Nageswaran

01 Feb 2022, 04:31 PM IST 'Farmers income improving': CEA

"Amount of MSP handed out to farmers, we are well on our way to help them in improving income." - CEA V Anantha Nageswaran.

01 Feb 2022, 04:21 PM IST RBI will issue a digital currency: FM

FM Nirmala Sitharaman speaks on proposed Digital Rupee and cryptocurrencies: What RBI will issue is a digital currency. Everything that prevails outside of it is assets being created by individuals & we are taxing profits made out of transactions of those assets, at 30%.

We are also tracking every trail of money in that (transaction of crypto assets) by imposing 1% TDS at every transaction: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

01 Feb 2022, 04:18 PM IST Jobs creation

Higher capital expenditure will create jobs, says FM

01 Feb 2022, 04:16 PM IST Cryptocurrencies are not currencies: FM

Cryptocurrencies are not currencies, currency issued by RBI will be digital currency, says FM

01 Feb 2022, 04:10 PM IST Budget reactions: Startups


“We welcome the announcement made by the government under budget 2022-23, as it brings to fore inclusive policies and frameworks for the startup and insurance ecosystem. The Government has announced an extension in eligibility for startups incubated till March 31, 2020, for tax incentives. This will allow some relief to the businesses struggling with the ripple effects of the pandemic and it's waves. This incentive will further provide a boost to the startup ecosystem and nurture a positive sentiment towards entrepreneurship within the industry. Reforms in insurance schemes tax for differently-abled people will further boost the insurance industry. We thank the government for announcing the measure." - Ankit Agrawal, Founder and CEO, InsuranceDekho

01 Feb 2022, 04:07 PM IST 'Garib Kalyan' Budget: JP Nadda

Budget 2022-23 is a 'Garib Kalyan' Budget. It will empower the poor & labourers. This Budget is dedicated to the development of infrastructure, rural & hilly areas, and Northeast. This Budget is in line with Govt's policy of social justice and equality: BJP chief JP Nadda.

01 Feb 2022, 04:05 PM IST Budget reactions: Startups

“The key highlight for us is that tax incentives will be provided for one more year to startups that had already been extended through 2023, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. I believe this will encourage and help us to create, develop, and produce more quality software solutions. Additionally, we are hoping for the best results in terms of the initiative to boost the Indian economy by issuing a digital rupee using blockchain and other technologies in the financial year 2022–23." - Sagar Patidar, CEO and Founder, Primathon.

01 Feb 2022, 04:02 PM IST PM Modi on Union Budget 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation to hail the Union Budget 2022 that was presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman earlier in the day. "The budget has brought new hopes and opportunities for the common people," he said.

01 Feb 2022, 03:58 PM IST Budget 2022: Hospitality sector

“The extension of the ECLGS scheme by Rs. 5,000 crores for the hospitality and related sectors, announced by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is a welcoming move. It’s good to see the mention of the hospitality and related sector in this year’s budget. The past few years have been tumultuous for the hospitality segment and I am hopeful that this initiative gives the industry a much-needed boost. It would be right to say that it’s a good start and I look forward to a seamless allocation of the sanctioned amount to the people and segments who need it the most." - Celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor

01 Feb 2022, 03:07 PM IST Progressive Budget: Union Minister

It's a progressive Budget. Our Govt is concentrating on infrastructure, employment generation, future development. Good allocation made for the northeast, its culture & tourism: Union Minister G Kishan Reddy

01 Feb 2022, 03:00 PM IST One-time window to taxpayers

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday gave a one-time window to taxpayers to correct any discrepancy or omissions in their ITRs within two years of filing, subject to payment of taxes. In her 2022-23 Budget speech, the Minister said this is an "affirmative step in the direction of voluntary tax compliance".

01 Feb 2022, 02:58 PM IST Budget reactions: Infrastructure

"Budget 2023 appears to be growth oriented by increase in capital outlay of INR 7.5 Lacs crores, fiscal deficit caped at 6.4% and efforts are being made to reduce compliance burdens and improve ease of doing business.

The government’s relentless focus on national transportation infrastructure development with the PM Gatti Shakti plan will strengthen the much-needed multimodal connectivity and facilitate seamless movement of cargo, while reducing logistics costs. Having said that we were expecting tax concession to Aviation industry in the forms of cut in ATF excise duty and allocation of concessional finance to airlines to help us come out of the pandemic". - Ronojoy Dutta, Whole Time Director and Chief Executive Officer, IndiGo.

01 Feb 2022, 02:55 PM IST Budget reactions: Healthcare industry

“The major focus of the Union budget is infra spending, given its sheer size and inter-connectedness. The overall growth and development of the infra sector will also help provide better healthcare services to all citizens and help creating jobs in the country. The National Digital Health Ecosystem will help create a robust platform for managing all health records and help provide universal access of records to all citizens across India. Given the Covid-19 pandemic our budget has also focused on addressing Tele mental Health program which is a step in the right direction and will also benefit a large number of patients." - Tarang Gianchandani, CEO, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital.

01 Feb 2022, 02:53 PM IST Budget reactions: Hospitality sector


“Budget 2022 is positive for the hospitality sector. The government announced various measures for keeping the sector in mind. The addition of Vande Bharat trains to 400, will lead to an increase in domestic tourism. Also, in order to save mountains, the government announced the implementation of 8 ropeway projects in FY 23 based on the PPP model, this will lead to a cut down in carbon emissions and heavy traffic jams during the peak season. But the biggest support came in the form of extending the ECGS till March 2023, with an expanded guarantee cover to 5 lakh crore, this will boost the hospitality sector. Also, the reduction of corporate surcharge from 12% to 7% is a very encouraging initiative," Rahul Deb Banerjee, Vice President, The Clarks Hotels & Resorts.

01 Feb 2022, 02:23 PM IST Proud to be Indian: Uday Kotak

"Budget: trust based governance to build atmanirbhar bharat. Reposes faith in taxpayers, entrepreneurs, investors. Build an open, digital and inclusive India with a 25 year vision. I am proud to be Indian." Uday Kotak

01 Feb 2022, 02:21 PM IST Amit Shah on Budget 2022

This budget, brought by the Modi government, is a visionary budget, which will prove to be a budget to change the scale of India's economy. This budget will make India self-reliant and lay the foundation of a new India of the 100th year of independence. I congratulate Narendra Modi ji and Nirmala Sitharaman ji for this: Amit Shah

01 Feb 2022, 02:20 PM IST Budget reactions: Overall announcements 

Budget is very balanced. It boosts spending towards growth-oriented policies that create jobs, boost manufacturing, help agri-economy & infrastructure creation. In short, a mix of short-term boost & long-term structural emphasis is hallmark of this Budget: BSE MD Ashish Chauhan

01 Feb 2022, 01:41 PM IST Budget reactions: Healthcare

“We are happy with the decision to create an open platform for the National Digital Health Ecosystem. This will include digital registers of health professionals and facilities, a unique health identity, and universal access to health care facilities. The pandemic has brought the subject of mental health to the forefront. For this, the government has announced a national telemental health programme. This would include a network of 23 excellence telemental health centres, with Nimhans serving as the nodal centre and IIIT Bangalore providing technical support. This would undoubtedly improve access to high-quality mental health counselling and treatment services." - Dr Aashish Chaudhry, Managing Director, Aakash Healthcare ( Aakash Institute group)

01 Feb 2022, 01:39 PM IST Budget reactions: Real estate

“Creation of unified logistics platform and developments of 100 new cargo terminals in the next three years are significant steps in improving the supply chain eco system in the country. The Government has reiterated its commitment towards Housing for All by allocating 48000 crore towards this scheme, around the same as last year. Infrastructure status given to Data Centers will provide a huge boost to the fast evolving digital environment of the country. The FM has said that the SEZ Act will be replaced with a new law and we will be waiting for further details given the significant impact of this on the commercial real estate sector."

“However, the government could have given further boost to the housing sector given the strong multiplier effect the sector has on the economy." - Shishir Baijal, Chairman and Managing Director, Knight Frank India.

01 Feb 2022, 01:31 PM IST Budget reactions: Overall announcements

"The 2022-23 budget finely balanced fiscal retreat with supporting economic recovery. The budget focussed on a familiar strategy of driving capital expenditure to drive growth, with the intention of crowding in private investment through higher public spending. Although markets could be disappointed with a higher fiscal deficit of 6.4% of GDP for FY23 than expected, it is perhaps prudent to not undertake aggressive fiscal consolidation at this nascent stage of recovery. 

While elevated market borrowings are likely to pressurise bond yields, inclusion of green bonds in the borrowing plan are an interesting innovation. In terms of specific policy announcements, the move towards self-reliance through protection for domestic manufacturers (change in custom and import duties) aligns with the long-term goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat." -Abheek Barua, Chief Economist, HDFC Bank

01 Feb 2022, 01:22 PM IST Budget reactions: EVs

"Introducing the battery swapping policy and recognizing battery and energy as a service will help to develop charging infrastructure and increase the use of EVs in public transportation. It would motivate businesses engaged in delivery and car aggregation businesses to incorporate EVs into their fleet. It will create new avenues for companies to venture into the business of battery swapping. 

The creation of a strong charging infrastructure alongside the highways across the country would promote the use of EVs for interstate travel. It will solve the issue of range anxiety amongst commuters who want to cover a longer distance." - Sohinder Gill, Director General, Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV).

01 Feb 2022, 01:20 PM IST Budget reactions: EVs

“The government’s announcement to encourage private sector players to develop sustainable and innovative business models in this arena, is a welcome move. Further, the support for interoperability would lead to battery standardization. The push towards public transit usage by establishing more EV exclusive zones wherein private or non-electric vehicles will be barred is something we had been anticipating. Holistically, the various measures announced are highly encouraging for the EV sector." - Varun Goenka, CEO and Co-Founder, Chargeup, Battery swapping network.

01 Feb 2022, 01:18 PM IST Budget reactions: Startups

“The government has extended startup tax holiday and concessional tax for manufacturing startups by a year. While that was on the cards, it doesn’t address the core need of startups to be given a longer tax holiday of 5 years as required. One of the most encouraging aspects of the budget has been the announcement to setup an AVGC (animation, visual effects, gaming, and comics) promotion task force to plan and build domestic capacity for serving domestic as well as global markets." - Ankit Kedia, Founder and Lead Investor, Capital A.

01 Feb 2022, 01:11 PM IST Here's is a list of items that will become cheaper and costlier in FY23


- Clothes

- Gem stones and diamonds

- Imitation jewellery

- Mobile phones

- Mobile phone chargers

- Custom duties on chemicals needed for petroleum products

- Custom duties on certain chemicals, including methanol

- Concessional customs duty on steel scrap extended for 1 year


- All imported items

- Duty on umbrellas increased

01 Feb 2022, 12:46 PM IST Finance Bill introduced

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduces Finance Bill 2022. 

01 Feb 2022, 12:42 PM IST New income tax changes announced in Budget 2022. Details here

Taxpayers can file updated ITR within two years of the relevant assessment year, says FM. This is a new provision that will ensure voluntary tax filing and reduce litigation, the FM said. Read full income tax report

01 Feb 2022, 12:41 PM IST Budget reactions: LTCG

Presently surcharge on long-term capital gain on listed shares and equity funds is capped at 15% but for other LTCG the surcharge us based on total income. Now the FM has proposed cap on all LTCG. - Balwant Jain

01 Feb 2022, 12:37 PM IST Budget reactions: Digital Rupee

"Introduction of central digital currency using blockchain to be issued by RBI in 22-23. It is expected that the tax regulation of such currency is also made clear, as there are aspects of classification (capital asset or otherwise), rate of taxation, disclosure requirements that have to be addressed."

"Income from virtual digital asset to be taxed at 30%. No deduction other than cost of acquisition will be allowed. Transaction details to be captured by way of TDS on sale. Gift of VDA to be taxed in the hands of the recipient," - Tapati Ghose, Partner, Deloitte India

01 Feb 2022, 12:35 PM IST International arbitration centre

An international arbitration centre will be set up at GIFT City to provide faster dispute resolution. In addition, a world-class university to be allowed in GIFT IFSC (International Financial Services Centre) free from domestic regulation, she said while presenting the Union Budget 2022-23.

01 Feb 2022, 12:34 PM IST Polished diamonds, gems

Customs duty on cut & polished diamonds, gems to be reduced to 5%: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 12:33 PM IST Unique Land Parcel Identification

States will be encouraged to adopt Unique Land Parcel Identification Number to facilitate IT-based management of land records

01 Feb 2022, 12:31 PM IST Newly incorporated manufacturing companies

Concessional corporate tax rate of 15 pc would be available for 1 more year till March 2024 for newly incorporated manufacturing companies: FM.

01 Feb 2022, 12:30 PM IST Import duty on capital goods

Import duty of 7.5% to be charged on capital goods.

01 Feb 2022, 12:29 PM IST Virtual digital assets

Loss from the transfer of virtual digital assets cannot be set off against any other income.

01 Feb 2022, 12:25 PM IST GST collection

The gross GST collections for the month of January 2022 are 1,40,986 crores which is the highest since the inception of GST: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 12:20 PM IST Long term capital gains

Long term capital gains on listed equity share units subject to maximum surcharge at 15%. propose to cap transfer of long term capital gains at 15%: FM

01 Feb 2022, 12:19 PM IST Corporate surcharge

Corporate surcharge to be reduced from 12% to 7%:FM Nirmala Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 12:18 PM IST NPS account of state govt employees

Propose to increase tax deduction limit to 14% on employers contribution to NPS account of state govt employees: FM

01 Feb 2022, 12:18 PM IST Gift of virtual digital asset

Recipient to be taxed in case of gift of virtual digital asset: FM

01 Feb 2022, 12:17 PM IST Transfer of digital assets

Income from transfer of digital assets to be taxed at 30%: FM

A TDS of 1% will be levied for transactions above a certain threshold.

01 Feb 2022, 12:15 PM IST For startups

Tax incentives for startups to be incorporated until March 31, 2023

01 Feb 2022, 12:12 PM IST 1 lakh cr to assist the states

For 2022-23,allocation is 1 lakh cr to assist the states in catalyzing overall investments in economy. These 50-yr interest-free loans are over&above normal borrowings allowed to states. It'll be used for PM Gati Shakti-related&other productive capital investments of states:FM

01 Feb 2022, 12:11 PM IST Taxpayers can now file an updated return within 2 years

To provide an opportunity to correct an error, taxpayers can now file an updated return within 2 years from the relevant assessment year: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 12:09 PM IST Fiscal deficit

Total expenditure is estimated at 39.45 lakh crore. Receipts are estimated at Rs22.84 lakh cr. FY'23 fiscal deficit target at 6.4% of GDP vs 6.9%

01 Feb 2022, 12:07 PM IST Budget 2022 key points

4 pilot projects for coal gasification to be set up: FM.
Financial support will be provided to farmers to take up agro-forestry: FM.

Risks of climate change are strongest externalities for the world:FM.

01 Feb 2022, 12:05 PM IST 5G auction

India will auction 5G airwaves this year to facilitate a roll out of the next-generation telecoms service in 2022-23.

01 Feb 2022, 12:03 PM IST All 1.5 lakh post offices to connected

All 1.5 lakh post offices in India will be connected to the core banking system that will enable people to access their account online and also transfer money within post office accounts and to other banks, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced on Tuesday.

01 Feb 2022, 12:01 PM IST Digital Rupee with blockchain tech

Digital rupee to be issued using blockchain and other technologies; to be issued by RBI starting 2022-23. This will give a big boost to the economy: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 12:00 PM IST Capital Expenditure

Effective Capital Expenditure of the Central Govt is estimated at 10.68 lakh crores in 2022-23, about 4.1% of GDP: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:58 AM IST Higher Capex

Outlay for capex higher by 35% to 7.05 lakh cr for FY23

01 Feb 2022, 11:57 AM IST Paperless e-bill system

A completely paperless, e-bill system will be launched by ministries for procurement, says FM.

01 Feb 2022, 11:56 AM IST Urban planning

5 existing academic institutions for urban planning to be designated as Centre for Excellence with endowment fund of 250 cr: FM.

01 Feb 2022, 11:56 AM IST 5G spectrum

5G spectrum auction to be conducted in 2022: FM

01 Feb 2022, 11:55 AM IST Defence ‘Aatmanirbharta’

68% of the capital procurement budget for Defence to be earmarked for domestic industry to promote Aatmanirbharta and reduce dependence on imports of defence equipment. This is up from the 58% last fiscal: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:53 AM IST Building by-laws

Modern building by-laws will be introduced: FM.

01 Feb 2022, 11:52 AM IST E-passport

E-passport with embedded chip will be rolled out, says FM.

01 Feb 2022, 11:52 AM IST Digital university

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday proposed to set up a digital university to provide education that will be built on a hub and spoke model.

01 Feb 2022, 11:51 AM IST Urban planning

A high-level panel to be set up for urban planning: FM

01 Feb 2022, 11:48 AM IST NABARD funds

Fund to be facilitated through NABARD to finance startups for agriculture and rural enterprise, relevant for farm produce value chain. Startups will support FPOs and provide tech to farmers: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:47 AM IST Kisan Drones

Use of Kisan Drones to be promoted for crop assessment, digitization of land records, spraying of insecticides and nutrients: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:46 AM IST New vibrant village programme

Villages on northern border of India will be covered under a new vibrant village programme to enhance development: FM.

01 Feb 2022, 11:44 AM IST PM Awas Yojna

80 lakh affordable houses will be completed at 44,000 cr under PM Awas Yojna in 2022-23: Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:43 AM IST 'Battery Swapping Policy'

To promote a shift to the use of public transport in urban areas...special mobility zones with zero fossil fuel policy to be introduced...Considering space constraints in urban areas, a 'Battery Swapping Policy' will be brought in: FM FM Nirmala Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:42 AM IST 2,000 km of rail network

2,000 km of rail network to be brought under the indigenous world-class technology KAWACH, for safety and capacity augmentation: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:41 AM IST National Tele Mental Health program

The pandemic has accentuated mental health problems in people of all ages. To better the access to quality mental health counseling and care services, a National Tele Mental Health program will be launched: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:40 AM IST ECLGS will be extended

Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) will be extended up to March 2023, the guaranteed cover will be expanded by 50,000 crores to total cover of 5 lakh crores: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:38 AM IST Issuance of e-passport will be rolled out 

Issuance of e-passport will be rolled out in 2022-23 for the convenience of citizens in their overall travels.

01 Feb 2022, 11:34 AM IST 'One class, one TV channel' program

'One class, one TV channel' program of PM eVIDYA will be expanded from 12 to 200 TV channels. This will enable all states to provide supplementary education in regional languages for classes 1 to 12

01 Feb 2022, 11:34 AM IST Affordable housing scheme

In 2022-23, 80 lakh households will be identified for the affordable housing scheme: FM

01 Feb 2022, 11:33 AM IST Access to tap water

60,000 crore allocated for providing access to tap water to 3.8 crore households: FM

01 Feb 2022, 11:33 AM IST One Station One Product

One Station One Product to be popularized to help local Businesses and supply chains

- FM Sitharaman 


01 Feb 2022, 11:31 AM IST Chemical-free natural farming

Chemical-free natural farming will be promoted throughout the country with a focus on farmers' land in 5 km wide corridors along the river Ganga, in the first stage: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:29 AM IST ECLGS to be extended upto March 2023

ECLGS to be extended upto March 2023. Guarantee cover for ECLGS will be expanded by 50,000 cr to a total of 5 lk cr.

01 Feb 2022, 11:28 AM IST Expressways 

PM Gati Shakti Master Plan for Expressways to be formulated in 2022-23, to facilitate faster movement of people and goods. NH Motorway network to be expanded by 25,000 km in 2022-23. Rs. 20,000 crore to be mobilized to complement public resources

01 Feb 2022, 11:26 AM IST PM Gati Shakti is driven by 7 engines

PM Gati Shakti is driven by 7 engines: roads, railways, airports, ports, mass transport, waterways and logistics infra. All 7 engines will pull forward the Economy in unison. Supported by energy transmission, IT communication, bulk water and sewerage and social infra.

01 Feb 2022, 11:25 AM IST Procurement of wheat

Procurement of wheat in Rabi season 2021-22 and the estimated procurement of paddy in Kharif season 2021-22 will give cover 1208 lakh metric tonnes of wheat & paddy from 163 lakh farmers& 2.37 lakh crores will be the direct payment of MSP value to their accounts: FM Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:21 AM IST Four priorities of Budget 2022

Moving forward on this parallel track, we lay the following four priorities - PM Gati Shakti, inclusive development, productivity enhancement and investment, sunrise opportunities, energy transition and climate action & financing of investments: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:20 AM IST Vande Bharat trains

400 new generation Vande Bharat trains with better efficiency to be brought in during the next 3 years; 100 PM Gati Shakti Cargo terminals to be developed during next 3 years and implementation of innovative ways for building metro systems...: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:19 AM IST Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme

Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for achieving AatmaNirbhar Bharat has received an excellent response, with potential to create 60 lakh new jobs and additional production of 30 lakh crore during next Keycap digit five years: FM 

01 Feb 2022, 11:17 AM IST Budget 2022 'Amrit Kaal'

Budget 2022 seeks to lay the foundation to steer the economy over Amrit Kaal of next 25 years, from India at 75 to India at 100, continuing to build on the vision of  Budget 2021 - FM



01 Feb 2022, 11:15 AM IST 400 Vande Bharat trains

400 Vande Bharat trains in next three years: FM Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:11 AM IST 'Sabka Prayaas'

We are in the midst of the Omicron wave, the speed of our vaccination campaign has helped greatly. I am confident that ‘Sabka Prayaas’, we'll continue with strong growth: FM Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:09 AM IST Impetus for growth

This budget will provide impetus for growth: FM Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:09 AM IST Public investment

Budget 2022 has provided a sharp increase in provision for public investment and capital expenditure: FM

01 Feb 2022, 11:08 AM IST Aatmanirbhar Bharat

Aatmanirbhar Bharat has received excellent response, says Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:07 AM IST Air India sale

Strategic transfer of ownership of Air India has been completed: FM Sitharaman

01 Feb 2022, 11:06 AM IST FM presenting Budget 2022

India's economic growth in current year is estimated to be 9.2%, highest among all large economies

- FM

01 Feb 2022, 11:05 AM IST Budget 2020 LIVE

FM begins presentation of Budget 2022 by expressing empathy with those who had to bear adverse health and economic affects of  COVID19 Pandemic. Overall sharp rebound and recovery of the economy is reflective of India's strong resilience

01 Feb 2022, 11:02 AM IST Budget 2022 speech starts

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is presenting the Narendra Modi govt's 10th Union Budget in Parliament. This is the fourth budget presentation by FM Sitharaman.

01 Feb 2022, 10:44 AM IST Union Cabinet approves the Budget 2022

Union Cabinet approves the Budget 2022; the meeting underway at the Parliament has now concluded. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Budget shortly

01 Feb 2022, 10:41 AM IST Nirmala Sitharaman dons rusty brown saree for her fourth budget presentation

For her fourth budget presentation, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman kept her look simple and elegant, sporting a crisp rusty brown saree with off-white border detailing that spread throughout the sides.

01 Feb 2022, 10:38 AM IST Physical copies of Budget 2022-23 arrive at Parliament

Ahead of the presentation of the Union Budget 2022-23, a truck loaded with budget copies arrived at Parliament on Tuesday.

01 Feb 2022, 10:21 AM IST PM Modi arrives at Parliament

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the Parliament ahead of the Budget presentation.

01 Feb 2022, 10:12 AM IST Budget 2022: Key numbers to be watched

Disinvestment/Privatisation: The government has rarely met the high disinvestment targets set in Budgets. With a focus on privatisation and keeping in mind fiscal consolidation and capital expenditure, the number would be closely watched.

01 Feb 2022, 10:07 AM IST Budget 2022: Key numbers to be watched

Tax revenue: The government has budgeted a 9.5 per cent growth in tax collections at 22.2 lakh crore for the 2021-22 fiscal (April-March, 2022). With Economic Survey projecting a GDP growth of 8-8.5 per cent in the next fiscal, the buoyancy in tax revenue too would be closely watched.

01 Feb 2022, 10:06 AM IST Budget 2022: Key numbers to be watched

Fiscal Deficit: The budgeted fiscal deficit, which is the difference between the government expenditure and income, for the current fiscal ending March 2021 is 6.8 per cent, against 9.3 per cent in the last fiscal. The number for the 2022-23 fiscal would be in focus.

01 Feb 2022, 10:01 AM IST Budget 2022 documents

Budget documents being checked before being taken into parliament

01 Feb 2022, 09:54 AM IST Budget 2022 expectations

“While the Government has supported and given few benefits like cut off on stamp duty, all time low home loan rates, the upcoming budget must continue to support real estate sector as it is a significant contributor to the GDP of the country. The real estate industry seeks continued low interest rates for next 2 to 3 years and GST on the component basis at 8%. The government should also focus on changing the definition of affordable housing" - Dhaval Ajmera, director of Ajmera realty and infra ltd.

01 Feb 2022, 09:51 AM IST Equity indices open in green, Sensex up by 662 points

Hours ahead of the presentation of the Union Budget on Tuesday, equity indices opened in green with the Sensex up by 662.6 points and Nifty up by 175.00 points. The 30-scrip BSE Sensex was up by 662.6 points or 1.14 per cent at 58,676.77 at 9.24 am.

Similarly, 50-scrip NSE Nifty was trading at 17,514.85 at 9.24 am, up by 175.00 points or 1.01 per cent.

01 Feb 2022, 09:46 AM IST Budget 2022 – Will it be a booster shot for the healthcare sector?

In line with last year’s budget, it is expected that health and well-being will be on the top of the list in Budget 2022. Read full story

01 Feb 2022, 09:44 AM IST Press conference post-presentation of Union Budget 2022-23

Finance Minister Sitharaman to address press conference post-presentation of Union Budget 2022-23 in Parliament at 03.45 PM.

01 Feb 2022, 09:43 AM IST Union Budget 2022-23: FM Sitharaman to present paperless budget for second year

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Budget 2022-23 in a paperless format for the second year in a row. She was seen carrying a tablet kept inside a red coloured folder. Read more

01 Feb 2022, 09:40 AM IST MoS finance Bhagwat Karad

MoS finance Bhagwat Karad offers prayers ahead of Union Budget

01 Feb 2022, 09:27 AM IST Street sentiment positive

Sensex jumps nearly 600 points ahead of budget presentation; Nifty above 17,450

01 Feb 2022, 09:25 AM IST Nirmala Sitharaman meets President ahead of Union budget presentation

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday called on President Ram Nath Kovind before presenting the Union Budget 2021-22.

01 Feb 2022, 09:17 AM IST No 'bahi khata' for Budget 2022 

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman leaves the Ministry of Finance.

She will present and read out the #Budget2022 at the Parliament through a tab, instead of the traditional 'bahi khata'.

01 Feb 2022, 09:16 AM IST ‘Budget 2022 will favour all sections of the society', says Union MoS Finance

"Today is a very auspicious day for the country. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget today. Whatever will be presented in the Budget today, I will fully support it," he said while addressing the reporters. Read more

01 Feb 2022, 09:10 AM IST Income tax rebate to PPF, top 5 budget 2022 announcements expected

Income taxpayers across the nation are awaiting Nirmala Sitharaman's response to ICAI's suggestion to raise the annual limit of Section 80C from current 1.50 lakh to 3.0 lakh. Read full story

01 Feb 2022, 09:00 AM IST Where to watch Union Budget 2022 LIVE

One can watch the LIVE presentation of Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget for the fiscal year 2022-2023 on Lok Sabha, PIB, DD News TV channels. People can also watch on other news channels and YouTube. Read more

01 Feb 2022, 08:52 AM IST An inclusive budget: MoS

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present an inclusive budget, in line with each and every sectors' needs. It will be benefiting everyone...All sectors (including farmers) should have expectations from today's budget: MoS Finance Pankaj Chaudhary

01 Feb 2022, 08:46 AM IST Nirmala Sitharaman arrives at Finance Ministry

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrives at North Block

01 Feb 2022, 08:42 AM IST Budget 2022: Comprehensive live coverage to feature India’s top experts

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01 Feb 2022, 08:38 AM IST Budget expectations

“We expect the government to focus on fiscal consolidation. We expect the next year fiscal deficit to be around 6 % of GDP. The government will target aggressive divestment and facilitate steps for inclusion of Indian bonds in the global bond fund index . this will reduce supply pressure of government bonds in the domestic markets and control abrupt upward movement in government bond yields."

Murthy Nagarajan, Head-Fixed Income, Tata Mutual Fund.

01 Feb 2022, 08:37 AM IST MoS finance reaches North Block

MoS finance Pankaj Chaudhary and Bhagwat Karad arrives at the ministry of finance

01 Feb 2022, 08:31 AM IST How Sensex and Nifty have fared on Budget Days since 2012

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Nifty 50 performance (%) in last 10 Budget days. Source: Edelweiss Alternate Research
01 Feb 2022, 08:29 AM IST Budget expectations 

"Government in this budget is expected to improve the consumption and focus on reviving growth in the economy especially in the rural segment. Budget can take certain measures to improve consumption at the bottom of the pyramid, like more allocation to MANREGA, rural road development, PM Aawaas yojna etc. Also, there could be focus and more allocation to infrastructure spend. Which could benefit sectors like, engineering capital goods, Infra and also cement" - Rajesh Bhatia - MD & CIO - ITI Long Short Equity Fund.

01 Feb 2022, 08:18 AM IST World-beating growth

The Economic Survey projected the Indian economy to expand 8.5% in FY23, continuing its world-beating growth after an estimated 9.2% expansion in the current fiscal year.

01 Feb 2022, 08:15 AM IST A quick guide to make sense of budget numbers

Here are three rules that could help one avoid being misled by the data packed into this annual statement. Read here

01 Feb 2022, 08:12 AM IST Modi govt's 10 Budget

FM Sitharaman will table the Narendra Modi government's 10th Union Budget in Parliament at 11 am today. This will be the fourth budget presentation by Sitharaman.

01 Feb 2022, 08:04 AM IST Budget 2022: US companies look at tax parity, transparency, predictability

American companies having a foothold in India and those planning to expand their business in the fastest growing economy of the world expect “tax parity" in the annual budget to be tabled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the head of a top India-centric US business advocacy group said.

01 Feb 2022, 08:01 AM IST Budget 2022: India to lay out plan for keeping world’s fastest-recovery going

India is set to present an annual budget topping $500 billion Tuesday, in one of its most keenly watched economic events seen pivotal to sustaining the nation’s recovery from pandemic-induced disruptions. Read more

01 Feb 2022, 07:52 AM IST Budget 2022: When and where to watch

The Budget 2022 will be presented on February 1 at 11 am. It will be telecast live on Lok Sabha TV (Sansad TV) the official parliament channel and on Doordarshan. 

01 Feb 2022, 07:48 AM IST Budget trivia: Longest Budget speech

At 18,650 words, Manmohan Singh delivered the longest Budget speech in terms of words in 1991 under the Narasimha Rao government.

In 2018, then finance minister Arun Jaitley's speech with 18,604 words was the second-longest in terms of word count. Jaitley spoke for 1 hour and 49 minutes.

01 Feb 2022, 07:48 AM IST Union Budget 2022

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