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Union Budget 2017: Top Highlights

Union Budget 2017

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget for 2017-18 in Parliament at 11 am on Wednesday, during the Budget Session.

Here are the top highlights of the Budget 2017:

Personal Income Tax:

  • There will be no inspection of first time tax payers: Arun Jaitley
  • A simple 1 page form will be introduced to file IT returns: FM
  • Of 3.7 crore individuals who filed tax returns in 2015-16, 99 lakh showed income below exemption limit: Arun Jaitley
  • 15 percent surcharge on incomes above Rs 1 crore to continue: FM Arun Jaitley
  • Surcharge of 10 percent for those whose annual income is between Rs 50 lakh to 1 crore: FM Arun Jaitley
  • No tax for those who use tax rebates on Rs 4.5 lakh income: FM Arun Jaitley
  • Combined effect of new tax structure will be that people with income below Rs 3 lakh will not have to pay tax, and those between Rs 3 and 3.5 lakh will pay a maximum of Rs 2,500: FM Arun Jaitley
  • Between Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh, income tax rate reduced to 5 percent from 10 percent: FM Arun Jaitley

Political funding:

  • Parties can receive donations in cheque or digitally from their donors: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
  • In according with Election Commission suggestion, maximum donation a political party can receive in cash from a single source will Rs 2000: FM Arun Jaitley

Companies Tax:

  • Government not to remove Minimum Alternative Tax in 2017-18. I propose to allow a carry forward of Minimum Alternate Tax for a period of 15 years as against 10 years now: FM Arun Jaitley
  • Companies which have turnover upto Rs 50 crore will get 5 percent tax return. Their income tax rate thus reduces to 25 percent. 96 percent of Indian companies will thus get this benefit. It will boost our MSME sector: FM Arun Jaitley


  • Capital gains tax exempted for persons under land pooling mechanism for creation of new Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravati: FM Arun Jaitley
  • Draft bill placed in public domain for law against chit fund scams, to protect the poor: FM Arun Jaitley
  • Advance tax on income tax increased by 34.8 percent due to demonetization: FM Arun Jaitley
  • Main priority of government to eradicate black money component from the economy, says Arun Jaitley
  • Drive of tax proposal is to encourage growth, promote digital economy, and fight against black money: FM Arun Jaitley
  • Tax collection has increased by 17 percent per year over the last 2 years: FM Arun Jaitley
  • When too many people evade taxes burden falls on those who are honest. We are mainly a tax non-compliant society: FM Arun Jaitley
  • RBI review committee suggested 3 percent economic deficit for next 3 years: FM Arun Jaitley
  • Revenue deficit has come down to 2.1 percent.
  • Our Direct Tax collection is not commensurate with income. Only 1.8 crore Indians have filed IT returns: FM Arun Jaitley
  • Out of 3.7 crore who filed tax returns in 2015-16, only 24 lakh persons showed income above Rs 10 lakh, says Arun Jaitley

Total expenditure:

  • Total resources being transferred to the states & union territories with legislature is Rs 4.11 lakh crore: FM Arun Jaitley
  • Rs 21.47 lakh crore to be allocated as total expenditure in the Budget: FM


  • Defence forces to get centralized, hassle-free rail ticket booking system. They do not have to stand in queues any more: FM Arun Jaitley
  • 2,74,114 crores allocated to defence expenditure, including pensions: FM Arun Jaitley


  • Aadhar pay facility will be launched very soon to help those without mobile wallets: Arun jaitley
  • Digital transaction has seen an increase, 1,25,000 people have adopted BHIM app already: Arun Jaitley


  • Financial deficit at 3.2 % of GDP; remain committed to achieving 3% in 2017-18: Arun Jaitley
  • Rs 10,000 crore provided for recapitalization of banks: Arun Jaitley
  • Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) has been eradicated: Arun Jaitley
  • A computer emergency response team will be established to ensure cyber security in financial sector: Arun Jaitley
  • Expert committee to be created to integrate spot and derivative market for commodity trading: Arun Jaitley
  • Total allocation for infrastructure will be Rs 3,96,135 crores: FM Arun Jaitley
  • Want to make India a global hub of electronic infrastructure: FM Arun Jaitley

Roadways and Airways:

  • Under Bharat Net project, Optical Fibre Cable has been placed for a length of 1,55,000 kms: FM Arun Jaitley
  • Selected airports in Tier 2 cities will be taken for Public-Private Partnership: FM Arun Jaitley
  • Rs 64,000 crore allocated for National Highways: FM Arun Jaitley


  • Service charges on e-tickets booked through IRCTC will be withdrawn: FM Arun Jaitley
  • By 2019, all coaches of Indian Railways will be fitted with bio-toilets, and Railways will incorporate end to end transport solutions for selected commodities through partnership: FM Arun Jaitley
  • A new metro rail policy will be announced. This will also open up new jobs for our youth: FM Arun Jaitley
  • 500 stations to be made differently abled-friendly: FM Arun Jaitley
  • Dedicated trains will be launched for tourism and pilgrimage
  • Rail Raksha Fund to be created with amount of 1 lakh crore over 5 years, stated the Finance Minister
  • Total capital for rail budget has been attached at 1,37,000 crores, stated Arun Jaitley

Union Budget 2017


  • Two New AIIMS to be set up in Jharkhand and Gujarat: FM Arun Jaitley
  • Action plan to remove Kala Azar, filariasis by 2017, leprosy by 2018, measles by 2020 & TB by 2025: FM Arun Jaitely

Social welfare:

  • For senior citizens, Aadhaar based health cards will be issued: FM
  • Allocation for welfare of Scheduled Castes increased to Rs 52,393 crore: Arun Jaitley


  • Open defecation free villages are now being given priority for pipe to water supply: FM
  • 100% village electrification will be achieved by May 1, 2018: Arun Jaitley
  • Under various schemes, allocation stepped up to 1,84,632 crores to facilitate affordable housing and infrastructure to poor: Arun Jaitley
  • Mission Antyodaya to bring 1 crore houses out of poverty, make 50,000 Gram Panchayats poverty-free: Arun Jaitley
  • Government to complete 1,00,00,000 houses by 2019 for homeless and those living in kaccha houses: FM


  • In higher education, we will undertake reforms in UGC,
  • give autonomy to colleges and institutions: Arun Jaitley
  • Special schemes will be annouced to create employment in textile sector: Arun Jaitley
  • National Testing Agency to conduct all entrance exams for higher education: FM
  • PM Kaushal Kendras will be set up in more than 600 districts across the country to offer advanced training and foreign languages: FM
  • Will leverage ICT by Swayam course, where students can learn course work online: FM
  • Innovation fund for secondary education to encourage local innovation, gender parity and ICT transformation: Arun Jaitley


  • Total allocation for rural, agricultural and allied sectors for 2017-18 is Rs 187223 crore, which is 24% higher than last year: FM
  • Target of agricultural loans to farmers set at record Rs 10 lakh crore in 2017-18: FM
  • Arun Jaitley said the highest ever amount of Rs 48,000 crore has been allocated for MNREGA scheme.
  • Dairy processing infrastructure fund will be set up under NABARD, with fund of 8,000 crore: FM
  • A model law on contract farming and a dairy processing fund will be set up in 3 years: Arun Jaitley
  • Dedicated micro irrigation fund to be set up. For post-harvest, farmers will get better prices in market: FM
  • Issuance of soil health cards have gathered momentum. We will setup a mini lab in krishi vigyan kendras: Arun Jaitley
  • We will take special efforts to ensure adequate flow of credit to underserved areas, Northeastern states and Jammu and Kashmir: FM
  • Government to spend more on rural areas, infrastructure and poverty alleviation with fiscal prudence.
  • Arun Jaitley said agricultural growth has risen to 4.1 per cent for 2016-17.
  • Government committed to double farmer income: Arun Jaitley
  • We have taken more steps to help farmers to increase production and deal with post-harvest problems: FM
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