• Cinema industry exempted from service tax.
  • Service tax rate raised from 10 percent to 12 percent to bring in Rs.18,660 crore.
  • Excise duty raised from 10 to 12 percent.
  • Customs duty on warning systems/track upgrade equipment reduced from 10 percent to 7.5 percent.
  • Import duty on equipment for iron ore mining reduced from 7.5 to 2.5 percent.
  • Income tax exemption limit raised to Rs.2 lakh to provide relief of relief of Rs.2,000 for assessees in this catergory; 20 percent tax on income over Rs.10 lakh, up from Rs.8 lakh.
  • Deduction of up to Rs.10,000 from interest from savings bank accounts.
  • No change in corporate taxes but measures to enable them better access funds
  • Witholding tax on external commercial borrowings reduced from 20 percent to five percent for power, airlines, roads, bridges, affordable houses and fertiliser sectors.
  • Defence to get Rs.1.93 lakh crore during 2012-13.
  • National Skill Development Fund allocated Rs.1,000 crore.
  • Four thousand residential quarters to be constructed for paramilitary forces with an allocation of Rs.1,185 crore.
  • National Population Register to be completed in two years.
  • Number of proactive steps taken on black money (stashed away abroad); information has started flowing in, prosecution to be initiated; White Paper in current session.
  • Allocation of Rs.200 crore for research on climate change.
  • Irrigation and water resource company to be operationalised.
  • National mission on food processing to be started in cooperation with state governments.
  • Integrated Child Development Scheme to be strengthened and restructured with allocation of Rs.15,850 crore.
  • Allocation of Rs.14,000 crore for rural water supply and sanitation.
  • Infusion of Rs.15,888 crore in public sector banks, regional rural banks and NABARD in 2012-13.
  • Infrastructure will require Rs.50 lakh crore in 12th Plan, half of this from the private sector.
  • Completion of highway projects 44 percent higher than in previous fiscal.
  • External commercial borrowing of up to $1 billion permitted for airline sector.
  • External commercial borrowing permitted to low-cost housing sector.
  • From 2012-13, full subsidies for providing food security; in other sectors to the extent the economy can bear this.
  • Hope to raise Rs.30,000 crore from disinvestments.
  • New equity savings scheme to provide for income tax deduction of 50 percent for those who invest Rs.50,000 in equity and whose annual income is less than Rs.10 lakh.
  • Corporate market reforms to be initiated.
  • Bills on micro-finance institutions, national land bank and public debt management among those to be introduced in 2012-13.
  • Addressing malnutrition, black money and corruption in public life among five priorities in year ahead.
  • India's inflation structural, driven largely by agricultural constraints.
  • Current account deficit 3.6 percent in 2011-12; this put pressure on exchange rate.
  • Growth in 2012-13 estimated at 7.6 percent; expect inflation to be lower.
  • Better monitoring of expenditure on government schemes.
  • Fiscal 2011-12 year of recovery interrupted; reality turned out to be different.
  • GDP growth in 2011-12 estimated at 6.9 percent; had to battle double digit inflation for two years.
  • Good news: agriculture and services continued to perform well; economy is now turning around; recovery in core sectors.
  • Now at juncture where it is necessary to take hard decisions; have to accelerate pace of reforms.

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