Here are some more announcements made by the finance minister during the presentation of the Union Budget in Parliament today.
The higher-than-expected non-tax revenues from 3G and Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum auction has helped the government peg the fiscal deficit for the current fiscal to 5.1% and 4.6% for 2011-12
New Delhi: Led by higher than expected non-tax revenue like auction of third generation (3G) spectrum, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee today pegged the fiscal deficit at 5.1% for the current financial year, and further reduced the estimates to 4.6% for 2011-12, reports PTI.
Mr Mukherjee said the revenues from 3G and Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum auction (that garnered Rs1.08 lakh crore) has helped government reduce the fiscal deficit for the current fiscal, from 5.5% estimated earlier.
“Due to the higher than anticipated non-tax revenue from 3G spectrum auction... I have brought down the fiscal deficit from 5.5% to 5.1% of the gross domestic product (GDP) for 2010-11,” Mr Mukherjee said in his 2011-12 Budget speech.
“During the course of 2010-11, I had the opportunity to bring in improvement in fiscal balance,” he said.
“For the year 2011-12 I have kept it (fiscal deficit) at 4.6% of GDP which improve upon my own target of 2011-12 indicated in the fiscal roadmap presented in the last budget,” Mr Mukherjee said.
The pre-budget Economic Survey tabled in Parliament last week had pegged the fiscal deficit for the current fiscal at 4.8%.
India’s fiscal deficit had ballooned to 6.3% of the GDP in 2009-10 in view of stimulus spending worth billions of dollars to combat global financial meltdown.
In the medium-term fiscal policy, Mr Mukherjee pegged the rolling target of fiscal deficit at 4.1% for 2012-13, and 3.5% for 2013-14.
In his budget speech, Mr Mukherjee pegged the revenue deficit for the current fiscal and 2011-12 at 2.3% and 1.8% respectively.
The government had in 2010 mobilised Rs1.08 lakh crore from auctioning of spectrum for 3G and broadband wireless access (BWA) services. Besides, it also followed the path of consolidation during April-December of 2010-11, as it partially withdrew the sops given to the industry in 2008 and 2009.
Stimulus package provided by the government at the time of financial meltdown helped India to grow by 6.8% in 2008-09, and by 8% in 2009-10.
Proposal to hike income tax exemption limit for individuals along with significant benefits for senior citizens
New Delhi: Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee today proposed hiking the income tax exemption limit for individuals along with significant benefits for senior citizens, the retention of 10% service tax and withdrawal of some previous duty exemptions. Following a some tax-related highlights from the finance minister's Union Budget presented in Parliament today.