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What do you expect from Budget 2012?

The Budget 2012-13 will be presented on March 16 by the Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee. Share with us your views and expectations from the finance minister on this year's budget.

Budget wishlist: Lower tax rates, end to price rise

Effective measures to bring down prices, more money to offset the rising prices of almost all commodities, more economic reforms, an urban employment guarantee scheme and a citizen-friendly tax administration set-up…HT reports. Citizen charter

Budget session to take on 32 bills

32 bills, including the controversial Press and Registration of Books and Publications bill, as also the Land Acquisition (Amendment) bill, will be introduced in Parliament during the Budget session beginning February 21.

Budget 2011—12
Health insurance may get a boost

The government is likely to offer increased tax breaks for health insurance premia aimed at achieving the twin objectives of improving penetration of organised financial cover for health and channelising idle household savings towards productive purposes. Budget poll

Fuel prices may fall after budget

Petrol and diesel may become cheaper after the Budget as Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee is expected to slash excise and customs duties on these two fuels in his Budget for 2011-12. Gaurav Choudhury and Anupama Airy report.

Budget likely to cater to populist pressure despite deficit

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's embattled government will likely boost spending on social programmes in a populist budget on Monday, even as India is threatened with a potentially ballooning subsidy bill for food and fuel.

Budget may contain some relief for exporters

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee is likely to accept exporters demand, like extension of concessional credit scheme, when he presents the General Budget in Parliament on Monday.

What city wants from Rly budget

What does an ordinary Mumbaiite, who paces the length and breadth of the city on the local trains, want from this year’s Railway Budget?

Mamataa’s cut: To compromise on passenger safety?

Facing crunch of funds, railways minister Mamataa Banerjee plans to cut down the allocation of passenger safety works by approximately R350 crore, even as she intends to make symbolic announcements for poll-bound West Bengal. Srinand Jha reports.

State spending less due to empty coffers: Opposition

The Opposition has alleged that the state government’s expenditure of its planned budget is poor because its resources have been drying up.

Former FM wants Pranab to raise I-T exemption limit

Millions of income tax payers expecting finance minister Pranab Mukherjee to raise the tax exemption limit on Monday, have a strong supporter in former finance minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha.

budget 2011—12 &You
New wave at N Block

Expenditure secretary Sushma Nath took charge as the new finance secretary on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to occupy the post that drives bureaucratic coordination of the country’s financial policies, barely four weeks ahead of the presentation of the budget for 2011-12. HT reports.