Budget for the year 2014-15 on 10th July 2014. In this budget the govenrment mainly
focused to keep up their election promises. The main highlights of this budget are, raising
the personal tax exemption limit by Rs. 50,000, raising the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) limit
to 49%, Ganga Conservation Mission called 'Namami Gange' with Rs 2,037, Increasing safety of
women in large cities with Rs. 150 crores, setting up 100 smart cities with Rs 7,060 crore,
National Rural Internet and Technology Mission etc. Delivering his maiden Budget, finance
minister Arun Jaitley told Parliament that India's 1.2 billion people were "exasperated" after two
years of economic growth below 5 per cent. He has confidently stated that this budget can revive
growth after the longest slowdown in a quarter of a century even while curbing borrowing.
Below are the Highlights of Union Budget 2014-15.
1) Tax slab on personal income remains unchanged
2) Income tax exemption limit raised by Rs 50,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh and for senior citizens to
Rs 3 lakh
3) Exemption limit for investment in financial instruments under 80C raised to Rs 1.5 lakh
from Rs 1 lakh.
4) Investment limit in PPF raised to Rs 1.5 lakh from Rs 1 lakh
5) Deduction limit on interest on loan for self-occupied house raised to Rs 2 lakh from Rs
6) Kisan Vikas Patra to be reintroduced, National Savings Certificate with insurance cover
to be launched
7) Long term capial gain tax for mutual funds doubled to 20 pc; lock-in period increased to
8) Mandatory wage ceiling of subscription to EPS (Employee Pension Scheme) raised from
Rs 6,500 to Rs 15,000
9) Minimum pension increased to Rs 1,000 per month
10) LCD, LED TV become cheaper
11) Cigarettes, pan masala, tobacco, aerated drinks become costlier
12) 5 IIMs to be opened in HP, Punjab, Bihar, Odisha and Rajasthan
13) 5 more IITs in Jammu, Chattisgarh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
14) 4 more AIIMS like institutions to come up in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Vidarbha in
15) Maharashtra and Poorvanchal in Uttar Pradesh
16) Govt proposes to launch 'Digital India’ programme to ensure broad band connectivity at
17) Kisan TV for farmers, Arun Prabha TV for northeast.
18) National Rural Internet and Technology Mission for services in villages and schools,
training in IT skills proposed
19) Govt proposes Ultra Modern Super Critical Coal Based Thermal Power Technology
20) A project on the river Ganga called ‘Jal Marg Vikas’ for inland waterways between
Allahabad and Haldia; Rs 4,200 crore set aside for the purpose.
21) EPFO to launch the “Uniform Account Number” Service for contributing members.
22) New programme “Neeranchal” to give impetus to watershed development in the country
with an initial outlay of Rs. 2142 crores.
23) Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana to generate awareness and help in improving the
efficiency of delivery of welfare services meant for women.
24) Free Drug Service and Free Diagnosis Service to achieve “ Health For All”
25) Two National Institutes of Ageing to be set up at AIIMS, New Delhi and Madras Medical
26) Rs 100 crore to support about 600 new and existing Community Radio Stations
27) Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to cover every household with sanitation facility by the year
28) Rs 100 crore for metro projects in Lucknow and Ahmedabad
29) Rs 2,037 crore set aside for Integrated Ganga Conservation Mission called ‘Namami
30) Rs 150 crore allocated for increasing safety of women in large cities
31) Rs. 7,060 crore for the project of developing 100 Smart Cities.
32) Set aside Rs 11,200 crore for PSU banks capitalization
33) Govt provides Rs 500 crore for rehabilitation of displaced Kashmiri migrants
34) 1000 crore provided for “Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna” for assured irrigation.
35) Rs. 50,548 crore under the SC Plan and Rs. 32,387 crore under TSP
36) Composite cap of foreign investment to be raised to 49 per cent in Defence and Insurance
37) Requirement of the built up area and capital conditions for FDI reduced to 20,000 square
metres and USD 5 million respectively for development of smart cities.
38) Manufacturing can sell its products through retail including Ecommerce platforms.
39) Requirement to infuse Rs.2,40,000 crore as equity by 2018 in our banks to be in line with
Basel-III norms PSUs will invest through capital investment a total sum of Rs. 2,47,941
40) Rs 4,000 cr set aside to increase flow of cheaper credit for affordable housing to the
urban poor/EWS/LIG segment.
41) Govt in favour of consolidation of PSU banks
42) Govt considering giving greater autonomy to PSU banks while making them accountable
43) Government expects Rs 9.77 lakh crore revenue crore from taxes
44) Plan expenditure pegged at Rs 5.75 lakh crore and non-plan at Rs 12.19 lakh crore.
45) Fiscal deficit target retained at 4.1 pc of GDP for current fiscal and 3.6 pc in FY 16
46) Disinvestment target fixed at Rs 58,425 crore
47) Gross borrowings pegged at Rs 6 lakh crore
48) Contours of GST to be finalised this fiscal; Govt to look into DTC proposal.
49) Committee to look into all fresh tax demands for indirect transfer of assets in wake of
retrospective tax amendments of 2012
50) Expenditure management commission to be setup; will look into food and fertilizer
51) Legislative and administrative changes to sort out pending tax demands of more than Rs.
4 lakh crore under dispute and litigation.
52) New Urea Policy would be formulated.
53) More productive, asset creating and with linkages to agriculture and allied activities wage
employment would to be provided under MGNREGA.
54) A committee will to examine and recommend how unclaimed amounts with PPF, Post
Office, saving schemes etc. can be used to protect and further financial interests of the
55) Slum development to be included in the list of Corporate Social Responsibility
56) Committee to examine the financial architecture for MSME Sector, remove bottlenecks
and create new rules and structures to be set up and give concrete suggestions in three
57) An institution to provide support to mainstreaming PPPPs called 4PIndia to be set up
with a corpus of Rs. 500 crores.