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India budget aimed at boosting pandemic-hit economy

New Delhi (Reuters): Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday unveiled the budget for fiscal 2021-22, that aims to shore up an economy badly-hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (C) stands next to Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur (3rd L) as she leaves her office to present the federal budget in the parliament in New Delhi, India, February 1, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

The economy is projected to contract 7.7% in the current fiscal year, although the government forecasts growth of 11% for the coming fiscal year, after a massive COVID-19 vaccination drive and a rebound in consumer demand and investments.

These are the initial highlights from Sitharaman’s fiscal 2021-22 budget speech:


  • 2020/21 fiscal deficit seen at 9.5% of GDP
  • 2021/22 fiscal deficit seen at 6.8% of GDP
  • 2025/26 fiscal deficit target set at 4.5% of GDP


  • 2020/21 revised expenditure 4.39 trillion rupees ($60.14 billion)
  • 2020/21 capital expenditure estimated at 5.54 trillion rupees ($75.90 billion)
  • 2021/22 gross expenditure seen at 34.83 trillion rupees ($477.16 billion) in 2021/22
  • To provide more than 2 trillion rupees ($27.40 billion)for states and autonomous bodies


  • India says will need 800 billion rupees ($10.96 billion) in next two months from bond market
  • 2021/22 gross market borrowing seen at 12 trillion rupees ($164.40 billion)


  • India to allocate 2.2 trillion rupees ($30.20 billion) for healthcare in 2021/22
  • Sitharaman says expect two or more COVID-19 vaccines soon
  • India to launch new federal health scheme with outlay of around 641 billion rupees ($8.80 billion) over the next six years
  • To allocate 350 billion rupees ($4.81 billion) for COVID-19 vaccines, and allocate more funds if needed.


  • India to introduce bill for development financial institution with capital of 200 billion rupees ($2.74 billion)
  • To infuse 200 billion rupees ($2.74 billion) for recapitalization of state-run banks in FY2022
  • India to consolidate certain SEBI regulations for Securities Market Code
  • To relax FDI cap for insurance sector to 74% from 49%
  • Set up asset reconstruction company to take over toxic assets
  • To cut money market requirement to 15% from 25%
  • To allocate 15 billion rupees ($205.50 million) for scheme to incentivise use of digital payments
  • India to incentivise incorporation of one-person companies


  • Proposes exemption to senior citizens for filing income tax returns
  • Proposes changes in personal income taxes for non-resident Indian
  • To set up dispute resolution panel for small taxpayers
  • India sets 2021/22 divestment target at 1.75 trillion rupees ($23.97 billion)
  • India to divest two public sector banks and one general insurance company
  • India to launch IPO of Life Insurance Corporation
  • India to announce policy for privatisation of state-run companies
  • To create new list of companies for divestment
  • India to introduce new mechanism for privatisation of loss-running state-run companies
  • To monetise surplus lands of public sector entities


  • To allocate 2.87 trillion rupees ($39.40 billion) for clean water supplies over the next five years
  • To allocate 3 trillion rupees ($41.10 billion) for power sector for next five years
  • To provide 10 billion rupees ($137.01 million)to Solar Energy Corporation of India
  • Sitharaman says will move to end power distribution company monopolies
  • To double ship recycling capacity by 2024
  • India to monetise infrastructure assets


  • Allocates 1.18 trillion rupees ($16.17 billion) for ministry of roads and highways
  • Allocates 1.1 trillion rupees ($15.07 billion) for railways
  • Railways to monetise freight corridors
  • India to launch new vehicle scrapping policyProposes tax holiday for aircraft leasing firms in India


  • India allocates an estimated 1.7 trillion rupees ($23.29 billion) for paddy procurement
  • Hikes enhanced agriculture credit target to 16.5 trillion indian rupees ($226.05 billion) in 2020/21
  • To include loans for activities in allied sectors in agriculture
  • To discontinue small savings fund loans to Food Corporation of India


To launch database for gig economy, building and construction workers

  • Social security benefits to be extended to gig economy workers
  • ($1 = 72.9940 Indian rupees)

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by The Sen Times staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: ANI


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