Now there's an app for the Union Budget too
We all know, there's an app for every problem in the world.
At the customary 'halwa' ceremony that commences the "final stage" of the Budget on Saturday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched the Union Budget Mobile App.
The app, which is bilingual (English and Hindi), will be available on both Android and iOS platforms.
Calling it the "simplest form of digital convenience", FM Sitharaman said, "The mobile app facilitates complete access to 14 Union Budget documents, including the Annual Financial Statement (commonly known as Budget), Demand for Grants (DG), Finance Bill, etc., as prescribed by the Constitution."
Developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) under the guidance of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), the app can be downloaded from the Union Budget Web Portal.
It will have all Budget after Sitharaman’s speech is completed in the Parliament on February 1.
As India’s Budget goes paperless for the first time, this app should provide hassle-free access to all information and documents to key stakeholders, MPs, media, and the general public.
Meanwhile, here’s what business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and other stakeholders from the Indian startup ecosystem expect from the Indian government from Budget 2021-22.
With things slowly limping back to some sort of normalcy even as COVID-19 lingers on, the unemployment rate continues to be a concern. India’s overall unemployment rate increased significantly to nearly 10 percent in the week ended December 13, indicating that the unemployment rate is, at least, at a 23-week high.
India’s largest private-sector employer, Bengaluru-based Quess Corp, believes the first thing to do in order to solve India’s employment problem is to move workers from the informal sector to the formal sector. Currently, Quess has around 3.30 lakh people on its rolls.
Here are some key takeaways from the interview:
- The move from informal sector to formal sector
- Infrastructure and education critical
- Increased spending on part of the Indian government
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News & Updates
- Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget on February 1, an unenviable task as she has her work cut out. This year, the focus will be on the recovery steps the government will be taking as the economy battles the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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- The provisions of the 2019 Amendment to the Companies Act, 2013, pertaining to CSR came into force on January 22. As per the new provisions, every entity that intends to undertake any CSR activity will have to register itself with the Centre by filing the form CSR-1 electronically with the Registrar of Companies, with effect from April 1, 2021.
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