Budget News

Budget is well-intentioned on the big themes. But execution will be key

All told, the budget has performed an artful balancing act against a difficult macro backdrop. The big themes — financial, external, fiscal — are all well-intentioned. Now, the authorities must walk the talk with equal skill.

Finance Ministry could have been bolder. But budget is heavy on vision and inclusive growth

Nirmala Sitharaman’s budget speech was what budget speeches ought to be. A vision statement of what the government plans to do. She set the tone of her speech in an honest and direct manner.


With little allocation for agriculture, budget sends a worrying signal

One notable thing was the absence of emphasis on doubling farmers’ real incomes by 2022. Perhaps the reality that this is an uphill task has dawned on the government — it may not achieve even half the target.

Incrementalism over ambition

Budget rightly resists the temptation of a fiscal stimulus. But its inability to take politically tough, but much needed, reform decisions is striking

In the red

The ‘bahi khata’ budget signalling a return to roots has evoked mixed feelings, because Indians are not people of one book

Ahead of Budget, Urijit Patel warns against over-lending, pump priming economy

Patel, who suddenly quit as the RBI Governor in December 2018 nine months ahead of his three-year tenure, said the decline in share of PSU banks in the banking sector should not be resisted as the 'market mechanism is working'.


The growth driver

Economic Survey rightly recognises the main challenge: Reviving private investment

Gujarat Budget Session to start from July 2 with 20 sittings

Owing to the Lok Sabha elections in April-May, the state government had presented a 'vote-on-account', instead of a full budget, during a five-day Assembly session in February.

Gujarat budget session: Governor cuts short his speech amid Oppn slogan

Some Congress members, led by Vikram Madam, came near the well and raised slogans, demanding stern action against perpetrators of the attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district where 40 CRPF personnel were killed on February 14.

Gujarat budget session begins: On terror attacks, BJP, Cong blame each other

While BJP claimed the “unresolved” Kashmir issue being the root cause of the situation, the opposition raked up the release of terrorist Masood Azhar by then BJP government in 1999 in exchange of passengers of a hijacked Indian Airlines’ flight.

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Arun Jaitley presents Union Budget 2018-19

This is the last full Budget of the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the country goes to polls in 2019.

Stormy start to Budget Session as govt introduces land bill

Government introduces land acquisition bill in Lok Sabha, opposition stages walk-out.


Budget 2014: What it means for common man

53.7% 403 of 750 families in Katra Sadatganj have no access to toilets and defecate in the open, according to NGO Sulabh International’s UP head Avinash Kumar.

Budget Videos

To boost Make in India, Budget 2019 shouldn't raise customs duties

Saloni Roy, Senior Director, Deloitte India (Indirect Tax) says that measures other than customs duties should be used to provide a boost to the Make in India campaign.

Explained: Here's how the Modi govt budgeted for elections

Budget 2019: Indian Express Rural Affairs Editor Harish Damodaran and Consulting Editor Shaji Vikraman take a deep dive and explain fine prints of the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Piyush Goyal in Lok Sabha today.


Budget 2019: What has the Modi government done to solve farmers' problems?

Ajay Kakra, Director - Food and Agriculture, PWC lists what has been done for farmers by the Modi government so far to solve their problems.

Budget 2019: How the Modi government is expected to make farmers happy

Ajay Kakra, Director - Food and Agriculture, PWC explains what is expected in a package for farmers that is expected to be announced in Budget 2019.

Budget 2019: India shouldn't take protectionist steps like raising customs duties

Saloni Roy, Senior Director, Deloitte India (Indirect Tax) says that she hopes that India won't raise customs duties in the Vote on Account on February 1 since it would mean taking a more protectionist stance.

Budget 2019 may not make many changes to customs duties

Description:Saloni Roy, Senior Director, Deloitte India (Indirect Tax) says that not many changes are expected to be announced in customs duties since it is a Vote on Account.


Budget 2019 could give tax reliefs to make it popular

Poorva Prakash, Senior Director, Deloitte India, says that the upcoming Vote on Account could give multiple personal tax concessions in order to make it a popular. She explains what can be expected on February 1.

Budget 2019 could give tax breaks for home buyers, rented properties

Poorva Prakash, Senior Director, Deloitte India, explains what can be expected in the upcoming Vote on Account to make it a populist one.

Budget 2019 could raise basic tax exemption limit to Rs 3 lakh

Poorva Prakash, Senior Director, Deloitte India, explains that as a trend Finance Ministers don't make any major personal tax changes in a Vote on Account. However, she expects the Finance Minister to lay a roadmap for tax sops in this.

President Pranab Mukherjee Lists Modi Government's Achievements Ahead Of Budget 2017

Terming the advancement of the budget cycle and merger of railway and union budget as “historic”, President Pranab Mukherjee, addressing both Houses of Parliament listed down the achievements of the Narendra Modi-led government, a day before Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents the Union Budget. The president spoke of the strides made by the government in […]