Here are the highlights of the Interim Budget 2014-15:
# RBI must strike a balance between growth and moderating inflation: Chidambaram
# Excise duty on SUVs cut from 30 to 24 pc, in large and mid-segment cars from 27-24 pc to 24-20 pc: Chidambaram
# Blood banks to be exempt from service tax: Chidambaram
# Revenue deficit estimated at 3 pc for current fiscal.
# Service tax relief storage for warehousing for rice.
# Excise duty on small cars, motorcycles and SUVs reduced.
# Excise duty cut from 12 to 10 per cent in capital goods sector to stimulate growth.
# 140 million moved out of poverty during the Government of UPA I and II
# Government has obtained information in 67 cases of illegal offshore accounts of Indians.
# Finance Minister says neither populism, nor majoritism is a way for governance
# Moratorium on interest on student loans taken before March 31, 2009; to benefit 9 lakh borrowers.
# Social Justice Ministry gets Rs 6730 crore; Panchayati Raj Ministry Rs 7000 crore, says FM.
# Minority bank accounts have swelled to 43,53,000 by 2013-14 from 14,15,000 bank accounts 10 years ago.
# I am disappointed that we could not introduce GST: FM
# We must focus on manufacturing, specially manufacturing for exports: Chidambaram
# The excise duty reduced for small cars from 12% to 8%l; for SUVs from 30% top 24%.
# Social Justice Ministry gets Rs 6730 crore; Panchayati Raj Ministry Rs 7000 crore: Chidambaram
# I wonder how many have noted the fact the Indian economy is 11th largest in the world: Chidambaram
# Focus should be on PPPs in infra sector; for the flagship programmes, the states should come forward and contribute: FM
# 1,200 crore rupees additional assistance to N-E states to be released before end of the year: FM
# Chidambaram proposes to set up research funding organisation for funding research in science; contribution to this shall be exempt from tax.
# Rs 6000 crore to rural housing fund, Rs 2000 crore for urban housing fund
# We must focus on manufacturing, and manufacturing for export; with minimum tariff protection: Chidambaram
# Top areas of priority: fiscal consolidation; CAD; high growth with moderate level of inflation; time table for passing legislation.
# Rs 500 crore estimated requirement for implementing one-rank-one-pay scheme for armed forces in 2014-15.