Budget 2019 Live updates and highlights: Piyush Goyal presents interim Union Budget 2019-20

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Budget 2019 Live updates and highlights –  Piyush Goyal is presenting the interim Union Budget 2019-20

Budget 2019 Live updates and highlights

Budget 2019 India – Capital tax gain increased
Piyush Goyal said that for a taxpayer having capital gains up to 2 crore rupees, benefit of rollover of capital tax gains to be increased from investment in one residential house to that in two residential houses; can be exercised once in a lifetime.

TDS threshold on interest on bank and post office deposits raised from Rs 10K to 40,000
TDS threshold on interest on bank and post office deposits has been raised from Rs 10,000 to Rs 40,000, said FM.

Budget 2019 India – Tax deduction for salaried persons raised from Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000
Standard tax deduction for salaried persons has been raised from Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000.

Budget 2019 India – No income tax for income up to Rs 5 lakh
The government announced major tax relief to the middle-class by announcing taxable income up to Rs 5 lakh to get the full tax rebate. FM thanked all valuable taxpayers for their contribution in nation building.

Budget 2019 India – No tax for individuals up to Rs.6.5 Lakhs
Individuals with gross income up to Rs 6.5 lakh will not need to pay any tax if they make investments in PF, PPF and other prescribed equities.

Budget 2019 India speech –  India to become $5 trillion economy
Speaking on the government’s plan to make the country and unprecedented powerhouse in the next 10 years the FM Piyush Goyal said: We are poised to become a 5 trillion dollar economy in the next five years, we aspire to become a 10 trillion dollar economy in the next eight years.

Budget 2019 India – Northeast Allocation
FM said “The government has proposed to increase allocation for the northeast region to Rs. 58,166 crore this year. It will be a 21 per cent rise over the previous year,”.

Budget 2019 India speech – GST Returns
Businesses with an annual turnover of less than Rs.5 crores, comprising over 90% of GST payers, will be allowed to file quarterly returns.

Budget 2019 India speech – Reduced GST
GST has been continuously reduced resulting in relief of Rs.80,000 Crores to consumers. Most items of daily use for the poor and middle class are now in 0%-5% tax bracket. A group of Ministers are examining how prospective house buyers can benefit under GST.

Interim Budget 2019 India: IT Returns
Steps are being taken to ensure that all assessment and verification of IT returns is conducted electronically within the next two years. There would be no intervention of tax officials.

Interim Budget 2019 India speech – Steps to reduce tax
Piyush Goyal said impactful steps have been taken to reduce bring relief to middle-class citizens.

Budget 2019 India speech – Tax collection & clampdown on black money
Tax collection has increased to 12 lakh crore this year. “We are committed to eliminating the ills of black money; anti-black money measures taken have brought undisclosed income of about Rs. 1.30 lakh crore to the surface; 3.38 lakh shell companies have been deregistered,”.

Budget 2019 India speech: Roads, Transport And Infrastructure
Piyush Goyal said “India is the fastest highway developer in the whole world, 27 km of highways are built each day. Projects stuck for decades have been completed. Sagar Mala will help faster handling of import and export cars,”. India now has over 100 operational airports. And when there is such progress, it is only natural that jobs are also created. Indian Railways has experienced the safest years in its history. All unmanned level crossings are completely eliminated on broad gauge networks.”

Budget 2019 India: Defence Budget
For the first time, the defence Budget has been raised to over Rs 3 lakh crore. Will provide additional funds if the need arises. The government asserts this is a major help to the security agencies of our country. Piyush Goyal said that as promised on one rank, one pension, “We have resolved this and disbursed over Rs 35,000 crore in the last few years for our jawans.”

Budget 2019 India: Employment
Gratuity limit has been increased from Rs.10 lakh to Rs.30 lakh. Pension scheme for unorganised sector workers with a monthly income of up to Rs.15,000 shall be provided. There will be assured monthly pension of Rs.3,000 after they retire on reaching 60 with a contribution of Rs.100 per month.

Budget 2019 India: Cows protection
Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog to be set up for cows. A 2 per cent interest subvention for animal husbandry, fisheries and farmers have been announced. Rs.750 crores have been allocated to cow protection.

Budget 2019 India: PM Kisan scheme
Direct income support of Rs 6,000 per year with less than 2 hectares of land, transferred directly to their bank accounts in three instalments of Rs.2000 each.  Around 12 crore farmer families will benefit from the programme which will be implemented from December 2018 itself. The cost of the scheme of Rs. 75,000 crore annually will be 100 per cent funded by the government.

Budget 2019 India speech: Banking sector
A number of measures implemented to ensure clean banking, a resolution friendly mechanism has been instituted for the recovery of non-performing loans. Close to 3 lakh crores already recovered in favour of banks and creditors, big defaulters too not spared by our government. Confident that given the pace of reforms in the banking sector, other banks too will recover

Budget 2019 Live updates speech: Reduced cost of healthcare
Reduced cost of medicines, cheap health care facilities, setting up of world-class hospitals around the country is helping ensure that the benefits of competent healthcare reach every quarter of the country. Healthcare has seen a massive scale-up. 10 lakh people treated under Ayushman Bharat. Lower costs of stents and knee implants have helped people.  The scheme resulted in Rs 3000 cr savings for households.

Budget 2019 Live updates: speech  – Improvement in GST collections
The total Gross GST Revenue collected in the month of January 2019 has today crossed ₹ 1 lakh crore. This has been a significant improvement over the collection of ₹ 94,725 crores during last month and ₹ 89,825 crores during the same month last year.

Budget 2019 Live updates: speech – Inflation down, revised fiscal deficit target at 3.4%
FM says we brought the average inflation is to 4.6 per cent, lower than any government. Had we not controlled inflation our families would have been spending close to 40 per cent more on essentials. The fiscal deficit has been brought down to 3.4 per cent as the revised estimates show.

Budget 2019 India: Finance Minister Piyush Goyal arrived at the Parliament – 10.00am

Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has arrived at the Parliament with the special Union Budget 2019 briefcase. After the Cabinet meeting, he will present the interim Budget 2019-20 at 11 am.

Read interim Budget 2019 highlights in Hindi

Budget 2019 Live updates and highlights


All eyes are now set on what will be special in the budget 2019. We will keep bringing you the live updates and highlights of the budget 2019. As this is the election year, only an interim budget is being presented by the government. People are expecting special benefits for salaried people and the lower and middle-class category. Stay tuned for Budget 2019 Live updates and highlights.

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