Impact of the Budget across sectors

A look at the highlights of the Budget by sector.

February 29, 2016 02:04 pm | Updated December 04, 2021 11:03 pm IST

Citing that the government is committed to ease of doing business in India, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget 2016-17 in the Parliament on Monday. Here is a look at how different sectors have benefited from the Budget.

Agriculture and rural sector

- Allocation for agriculture is Rs. 35, 984 crore.

- Allocation under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana increased to Rs. 19,000 crore.

- Allocation for rural sector is Rs. 87,765 crore.

- A sum of Rs. 38,500 crore allocated for MGNREGS.

- 100 per cent village electrification by May 1, 2018.

- Agricultural credit target of Rs. 9 lakh crore. Govt to allocate Rs 5,500 crore for crop insurance scheme.

- Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana to bring 5 lakh acres under organic farming.

Social sector

- Allocation for social sector including education and health care is Rs. 1,51,581 crore.

- A new health protection scheme for health cover upto Rs. 1 lakh per family. Senior citizens will get additional healthcare cover of Rs. 30,000.

- 3,000 stores to be set up for generic drugs.

- Rs. 9,000 crore for Swachch Bharat Abhiyan.

- National dialysis service programme under PPP model. LPG connection for women members of rural homes.

Education and jobs

- 62 new Navodaya Vidyalayas will be opened

- Higher Education Financing Agency to be set-up with initial capital base of Rs. 1000 crore.

- 10 public and 10 private educational institutions to be made world-class. Digital repository for all school leaving certificates and diplomas.

- Allocation for skill development is Rs. 1804 crore.

- Govt. will pay EPF contribution of 8.33 per cent for all new employees for first three years.


- Total investment in the road sector, including PMGSY allocation, would be Rs. 97,000 crore.

- Total outlay for infrastructure in Budget 2016 now stands at Rs. 2,21,246 crore.

- Allocation of Rs. 55,000 crore in the Budget for Roads. Additional Rs. 15,000 crore to be raised by NHAI through bonds.

- 10,000 km of national highways in 2016-17 and 50,000 km state highways to be converted to NH roads.

- New greenfield ports to be developed on east and west coasts. Revival of underserved airports. Centre to Partner with States to revive small airports for regional connectivity

- Plan to augment nuclear power in the next 15-20 years.

- Reforms in FDI policy in the areas of Insurance and Pension, Asset Reconstruction Companies, Stock Exchanges.

Financial sector

- Statutory basis for a Monetary Policy framework and a Monetary Policy Committee through the Finance Bill 2016.

- Allocation of Rs. 25,000 crore towards recapitalisation of Public Sector Banks.

- General Insurance Companies owned by the Government to be listed in the stock exchanges.

Personal finance

- People with income less than Rs. 5 lakh to get deduction of Rs 5,000 under section 87A, up from Rs 2,000 last year. HRA deduction up from Rs. 24,000 to Rs. 60,000 p.a.

- 40% of withdrawal at the time of retirement under National Pension Scheme to be tax exempt.

- Additional exemption of Rs. 50,000 for housing loans up to Rs. 35 lakh, provided cost of house is not above Rs. 50 lakh.

- No changes have been made to existing income tax slabs.


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