Budget 2022 ushers in 'Amrit Kaal' with flourish
As India commemorates the 75th year of independence with 'Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav', Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman dedicated Union Budget 2022 to the next 25 years — termed 'Amrit Kaal' by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
As envisioned in the Gati Shakti Master Plan, the focus of this Budget lay on four pillars of development — inclusive development, productivity enhancement, energy transition, and climate action.
"This Budget seeks to lay the foundation and give a blueprint to steer the economy over the Amrit Kaal of the next 25 years – from India at 75 to India at 100. It continues to build on the vision drawn in the Budget of 2021," FM Sitharaman said.
The Budget has given due emphasis to the burgeoning startup ecosystem of the country and supported venture capital in form of slashing the maximum surcharge on Long Term Capital Gains to 15 percent — bringing down the effective tax rate to 23.92 percent. The tax incentive for startups was extended by another year, while also proposing the creation of segment-focused funds.
Continuing with the digitisation push, the fintech sector got a massive boost in the form of 75 digital banking units that will be set up in 75 districts. The FM also proposed a Rs 1,500-crore scheme to develop, promote, and accelerate digital payments. She also extended the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) to help micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) recover from the ongoing pandemic.
Touching all aspects of the Indian economy, Budget 2022 balanced urbanisation and infrastructure modernisation with the need for sustainability. By increasing FAME India's allocation by nearly four times, developing solar power and wind power grid, and introducing a battery swapping policy, the Budget looks to build a greener future.
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“The Budget, presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, is progressive and growth-oriented. It will help in India’s progress towards its aspiration of a $5 trillion economy.”