21 October, 2020

Nipped In The Budget

Long on hype, short on delivery. That in sum is Jaitley’s maiden financial statement.

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Nipped In The Budget

Hype & Reality

Fresh Fiscal Targets

  • Hype: The BJP talked of managing the economy more prudently with realistic targets...
  • Reality: The budget has retained most of the fiscal targets set by the UPA government


  • Hype: Rein in subsidies, which account for a major part of the deficit
  • Reality: Spending on fuel, food, fertiliser and other subsidies rose to 16 per cent of the budget

Personal Income Tax

  • Hype: Big-ticket reforms in income-tax slabs and exemptions...
  • Reality: Minor change in threshold and exemption limit on investments


  • Hype: An ambitious roadmap for PSU privatisation expected...
  • Reality: But for a modest target of Rs 63,000...


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