Budget 2021: Tagore, Thiruvalluvar, Indian cricket team, and Aatmanirbhar win the day
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her third Budget on Monday, where she quoted the great bard of Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore, and celebrated Tamil poet and philosopher, Thiruvalluvar. She also mentioned the Indian men’s cricket team’s recent triumph down under.
Draped in a traditional Bengali ‘laal paad’ saree, Sitharaman presented India’s first paperless Budget.
The Narendra Modi government has always been very vocal in its support for India’s startup ecosystem, so it wasn’t surprising that Nirmala Sitharaman, during her nearly two-hour-long speech, mentioned the word ‘startup’ several times.
At YourStory, we have tried to decode what this year’s Budget means, with our extensive multimedia coverage, where prominent captains of the industry and India’s startup ecosystem shared their thoughts.
The highly-anticipated Union Budget 2021 has created quite a stir within and outside the startup ecosystem, with stakeholders lauding its interventions to revive the economy. Kunal Shah, CEO of CRED, says that the Budget has a positive outlook for fintech startups, as well as ease in access to credit for SMEs and businesses.
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News & Updates
- In a welcome move for Indian startups and MSMEs, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed the incorporation of one-person companies, with no restriction in paid-up capital and turnover, as well as an update to the definition of small companies under Companies Act, 2013.
- In Budget 2021, the government has proposed to extend the eligibility of tax holiday for startups by another year. Further, the capital gains exemption for startups has also been extended by another year.
- The use of AI makes its entry into the Indian Budget 2021 lexicon. Budget 2021 saw Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman emphasise on the use of AI technology to enable compliance, adjudication of disputes on the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
- FM Nirmala Sitharaman provided Rs 35,000 crore towards COVID-19 vaccination in 2021-22 fiscal. The country launched its COVID-19 vaccination drive from January 16 in what PM Narendra Modi has called the world's largest inoculation programme.
- The finance minister proposed a Rs 1,500 crore scheme to develop, promote, and accelerate digital payments in the country, following the sharp growth in online and contactless payments during the COVID-19 led lockdown months.
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