THE BUDGET FOR NEW INDIA WILL ENERGISE THE NATION, SAYS PM
Budget will empower the poor, give a boost to the farmer and an impetus to economic growth: PM 12 crore farmers and their families, 3 crores middle class taxpayers will be directly benefitted: PM Farmers having land under 5 acres will be greatly helped by the PM Kisan Nidhi Unorganised sector’s interests to be safeguarded more by the PM Shram Yogi Man Dhan Yojana
New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lauded the budget as the budget for New India which will energise the nation.
In a series of Tweets and the statement after the presentation of interim budget 2019-20, PM said that over 12 crore farmers and their families, over 3 crores middle class tax payers professionals and their families and 30-40 crore labourers will gain thanks to the Budget for New India.
PM said, the development initiatives of the NDA government have touched several lives which have been reflected in the budget proposals from farmer welfare to middle class, from income tax relief to infrastructure, from manufacturing to MSME, from housing to healthcare and from the increased pace of development to the New India,
He expressed happiness that it is good to see more people being removed from the shackles of poverty. Our Neo-middle class is rising and so are their dreams. PM congratulated the middle class for the relief in taxes and said, I salute the middle class for their stellar contribution towards the development of the nation.
About the pro-farmer initiatives in the budget, he lamented that for years, many initiatives have been initiated for farmers but sadly, lot of farmers never came under the ambit of these schemes. He said that PM Kisan Nidhi is a historic step for farmer welfare which will help the farmers who have under 5 acres of land. PM added that the animal husbandry sector, fisheries have been taken care of in the Budget for New India.
Underlining the importance of safeguarding the interests of the unorganised sector, he said PM Shram Yogi Man Dhan Yojana will be of great help. This sector needed more safeguarding of their interests and the Budget for New India has done so. Ayushman Bharat Yojana and social security schemes are also going to touch their lives, PM added.
PM summed it up saying that it is essential to ensure the benefits of development reach all sections of society. He said,” The budget will empower the poor, give a boost to the farmer and an impetus to the economic growth.”
Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan lauds the Budget as a landmark – Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas Budget which has provision for betterment of all sectors of the economy with a special focus on the social sector
Budget is a very balanced one which will benefit the economy as a whole while ensuring that the Gaon, Gareeb and Kisan get their due share: Shri Ram Vilas Paswan
The Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan lauded the Budget presented in Parliament today. Shri Paswan addressing media after the Budget presentation asserted that the Budget is a very balanced one which will benefit the economy as a whole while ensuring that the Gaon, Gareeb and Kisan get their due share. Shri Paswan further said that it is a Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas Budget which has provision for betterment of all sectors of the economy with a special focus on the social sectorand this has been the focus of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi led government.
The Union Minister further asserted that the Budget will hugely benefit the masses as all sectors of the economy have been appropriately covered with increased allocation for key schemes. Shri Paswan emphasised that the Budget will also enormouslybenefit the SC/ST communities.He said that there has been a drastic improvement in the allocation for Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes with an increase of 35% and 28% for both respectively.
Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh hails the Interim Budget as historic
Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh today hailed the Interim Budget as historic which he said is not only development friendly but also pays special attention to the middle class, farmers, workers in unorganised sector and the other vulnerable sections of our society.
Congratulating the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Union Finance Minister, Shri Piyush Goyal on the unprecedented Interim Budget, Shri Rajnath Sing said that the announcement of exemption from income tax to people with income up to Rs 5 lakh and another Rs 1.5 lakh in investments totalling Rs 6.5 lakh will have a major impact on the lives of middle class in general and salaried class in particular.
Union Home Minister said that with the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana the government will provide income support to small and marginal farmers which will bring big relief to farmers. Under this scheme every farmer with land holdings upto 2 hectares will receive a sum of Rs 6,000 per year directly in their bank accounts.
Speaking on the relief given to the farmers in the Budget he said that earlier the government used to give temporary relief to farmers but the PM Kisan Samman Scheme will insure a permanent income support to all small farmers. The Budget has allocated Rs 20000 crore in the current fiscal which shows our government’s intent and commitment to farmers’ welfare, he added.
Praising the steps taken for the labourers working in unorganised sector in this Budegt, he said that under Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojana, the government will now provide assured monthly pension of 3000 rupees per month after 60 years of age, at a nominal contribution of Rs 100 per month.
Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh said that on the one hand, the budget is focused on supporting the social infrastructure of our country and on the other hand it pays great attention to strengthening the economic infrastructure. Sectors like defence, agriculture, infrastructure, industry, energy, education and health have been given a big boost in the Budget, he added
He said that the Budget will go a long way in accelerating the process of making a New India which is confident, self- reliant, developed and prosperous. It also highlights the vision and way foward for making India a 10 trillon dollar economy by 2030.
Rs 1,03,927 allocated to MHA in 2019-20 budget
For the first time, the allocation for the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in the Budget has exceeded Rs 1 lakh crores. The Interim Budget 2019-20 was presented by the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal in Parliament today. The MHA has been allocated Rs 1,03,927 crores. This is Rs 10,477 crore more than the Budget allocated for the MHA last year. As per the Revised Estimates for 2018-19, the MHA expenditure has been pegged at 99,034 crores:
(Rs in crore)
Given below is the budget allocation for some of the major schemes of MHA:
(Rs in crore)
|Modernisation of Police Forces||2,546||3,157||3,192||3,378|
|Border Infrastructure and management||2,022||1,750||2,001||2,000|
|Border Area Development Programme||1,100||771||771||825|
|Relief and Rehabilitation for migrants and repatriates||1,057||787||1,048||809|
|Freedom Fighters (pension and other benefits)||760||775||858||953|
|Mission for Protection and Empowerment for Women||945||1,366||1,156||1,330|
Transfer of resources to States and UTs with legislature for Disaster Relief is as per table below:
(Rs in crore)
|Assistance to States from NDRF||4,723||10,000||10,000|
|Grant-in-Aid for SDRF||9,383||9,852||10,344|
Power Minister calls the Budget as historic, people friendly and forward looking
Finance Minister thanks tax payers saying “Your tax pays for the electricity connections to the poor” Consumers saving Rs 50,000 crore per year in electricity bills with LED bulbs
“Interim Budget 2019-20 is historic, it’s people friendly and forward looking. It provides assistance to all sectors which need assistance at the same time maintaining fiscal prudence”, said Shri RK Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy here today. He expressed hope that the Budget would be able to bring smile to every face.
India’s electrification success found a special mention in Finance Minster’s Budget speech. He said, “Till the year 2014, about 2.5 crore families were forced to live the life of 18th centuary without electricity. Under ‘Saubhagya Yojna’, we provided free electricity connection to almost every household. By March, 2019, all willing families will get electricity connection.”
He also thanked the taxpayers saying, “Your tax pays for the electricity connections to the poor who lived in darkness for generations”.
Commenting on UJALA scheme, the Finance Minister said that 143 crore LED bulbs have been sold with the combined efforts of the Government and private sector and this has resulted into a savings of approximately Rs. 50,000 crore per year in electricity bills of poor and middle class families.
He also stressed upon Electric Vehicles and Renewables to make India a pollution free nation. Citing the International Solar Alliance as example for India’s commitment towards clean energy, the Finance Minister said that, “India’s installed solar generation capacity has grown over ten times in last five years. This sector is now creating lakhs of new age jobs.”
National Road Safety Week to be launched on Monday
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, Union External Affairs Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari, and Union Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemicals and Fertilisers Shri Mansukh L Mandaviya will inaugurate the 30th National Road Safety Week, 2019 in New Delhi on Monday, the 4th of February. The event will take place at Gandhi Smriti and Darshan, Rajghat, New Delhi. It will be attended by a host of school children, NGOs, and stakeholders in road safety from Government and industry.
Various programmes will be held during the Road Safety Week, including seminars and workshops on Emerging Trends in Safety, Road Safety Engineering, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Emergency care (Protection of Good Samaritan & First Responder Training), Role of Youth, and Industry/ Corporate Conclave on Role of Corporate in Road Safety. These will be attended by representatives of OEMs, ACMA, Test Agencies, Road Engineers/Auditors and Road Construction Companies/ Concessioners, Corporates, NGOs, Insurance Companies, Medical Staff, and college students. School Bus Driver Refresher Training session will also be held at IDTR, Sarai Kale Khan, where bus drivers from private schools will be imparted training on road safety.
A Motorcar Rally will also be flagged off on the occasion to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The rally will travel through places historically associated with Gandhiji, both in India, as well as in Bangladesh and Myanmar. It will connect the places of significance in Gandhiji’s life, and simultaneously take up advocacy on Road Safety concerns. The Rally will pass through Sabarmati, Porbandar, Dandi, Yerwada, Sewagram, Jabalpur, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Chauri Chaura, Champaran, Shantiniketan and Kolkata in India before travelling to Dhaka in Bangladesh. It will conclude at Yangon in Myanmar on the 24th of February. The motor rally will cover around 7250 km to reach Yangon. This is part of the yearlong celebrations to commemorate the 150th year of Mahatma Gandhi in India and across the globe, initiated by Government of India on 2nd October last year.
Total Budget allocation for the WCD Ministry enhanced by Rs.4856 crores for the year 2019-20 showing an increase of 20%
Three-fold increase in Budget for Working Women’s Hostel Rs.4500 crores increase in Umbrella ICDS Scheme
The Union Budget for 2019-20 has placed a sharp focus on protection and empowerment of women and children. Overall budget of the Ministry has been increased by Rs.4856 crores which is almost 20% higher than the previous year. It may be recalled that the budget for 2018-19 was itself increased by 12% from the previous year which indicates an increasing commitment of the government towards women and children. The total budget provision for the WCD Ministry for 2019-20 stands at Rs.29165 crores.
The Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, while thanking the Finance Minister for enhanced allocations stated that the increase in funds will help the Ministry to vigorously fight malnutrition and provide more efficient facilities for protection of women and children. WCD Minister also stated that she will be preparing a road map for the next five years of Ministry wherein integrated large facilities will be established for women and children in need of care and protection across the country.
The government has continued to keep malnutrition as its critical focus area and accordingly the outlay for Umbrella ICDS scheme has been increased by almost Rs.4500 crores in the coming financial year as compared to budget allocation of last year. Similarly, the budget of programme component of National Nutrition Mission has been increased by Rs.400 crores. Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana was launched in October, 2017. The state governments have taken their time to come on board and an end-to-end seamless process of registration – approval – disbursement has been put in place. Accordingly, the allocation under this scheme has been more than doubled from Rs.1200 crores (RE 2018-19) to Rs.2500 crores (BE 2019-20).
The allocation for the National Creche Scheme has been enhanced from Rs.30 crores to Rs.50 croreswhich will enable working women to safely leave their children while they are out at work. Similarly, the budget for Working Women’s Hostel schemehas been increased to more than three times from
Rs.52 crores (RE 2018-19) to Rs.165 crores (BE 2019-20). With all the components of Mahila Shakti Kendras scheme having been put in place, the budget for this scheme has been increased from Rs.115 crores to Rs.150 crores.
On the issue of providing for safety needsof all women, the budget for the UJJAWALA scheme (WCD Ministry for rescued trafficked women) has been increased from Rs.20 crores to Rs.30 crores. Similarly the budget for the widow’s homes has also been increased from Rs.8 crores to Rs.15crores. Effectively the total budget under the Mission for Protection and Empowerment of Women stands increased from Rs.1156crores to Rs.1330crores.
The Ministry’s focus on protection of children has expanded substantially over the last few years and an ambitious programme has been drawn out. The budget under the Integrated Child Protection Services Scheme has been enhanced Rs.925crores to Rs.1500crores. This will enable the ministry to cater to the increased requirements of child protection services from the states which have emerged after effective implementation of the provisions of JJ Act, 2015. This will also provide extra funds for the proposed expansion of Child line.