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Highlights of interim budget presented in Lok Sabha

Following are the highlights of the interim budget presented by Minister for External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee in the Lok Sabha today.

delhi Updated: Feb 16, 2009 15:00 IST

Following are the highlights of the interim budget presented by Minister for External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee in the Lok Sabha on Monday:

* Plan expenditure for 2009-10 pegged at Rs 953,231 crore (Rs 9.52 trillion)

* Budgetary support for 2009-10 at Rs 2,85,149 crore (Rs 2.85 trillion), 17.16 per cent

* Additional plan expenditure between 0.5 per cent to 1 per cent of GDP may be considered

* Subsidy for food, fertiliser and petroleum at Rs 95,579 crore (Rs 955.79 billion)

* Defence allocation increased to Rs 141,703 crore (Rs 1.417 trillion)

* Urban renewal spending pegged at Rs 11,842 crore (Rs 118.42 billion)

* Gross market borrowing estimated at Rs 3,62,000 crore in 2009-10 (Rs 3.62 trillion)

* 2009-10 gross budgetary support at Rs 2,85,000 crore (Rs 2.85 trillion)

* Substantial relief of about Rs 40,000 crore (Rs 400 billion) due to tax cuts in 2008-09

* Rural job schemes to get Rs 30,100 crore (Rs 301 billion) in 2009-10

* Rural sanitation spending at Rs 1,200 crore (Rs 12 billion)

* National rural health mission spending at Rs 12,070 crore (Rs 120.7 billion)

* Rural infrastructure development outlay at Rs 14,000 crore (Rs 140 billion)

* Midday meal scheme spending at Rs 8,000 crore (Rs 80 billion)

* India remains second-fastest growing economy in the world

* Economy expected to grow 7.1 per cent this fiscal

* Need to make economic growth inclusive

* Government spent Rs 70,000 crore (Rs 700 billion) on 37 infrastructure projects in 2008-09

* Under public-private partnership (PPP), 54 central infrastructure projects approved

* Total expenditure of PPP projects estimated at Rs 67,700 crore (Rs 677 billion)

* India Infrastructure Finance Company to raise Rs 10,000 crore (Rs 100 billion) by end-March

* India has weathered inflation crisis, but no room for complacency

* Country's agriculture outlook is encouraging

* Focussed attention to agriculture

* Plan allocation for farm sector hiked 300 per cent in past five years

* Three-fold increase in short-term agriculture credit to Rs 250,000 crore (Rs 2.5 trillion) in 2007-08

* Farm debt worth Rs 65,300 crore (Rs 653 billion) waived of 360 million farmeRs

* Government will continue to provide additional subsidy to farmers

* Corpus of Rural Infrastructure Development Fund hiked to Rs 14,000 crore (Rs 140 billion) from Rs 5,500 crore (Rs 55 billion)

* Outlay for higher education hiked 900 per cent for 11th Five-Year Plan

* Country's social security net will be strengthened

* New scheme unveiled for young widows in the age group of 18-40

* New disability pension scheme introduced for age group of 18-40

* 15-point programme for welfare of minorities set up

* Record foreign direct investment of $32.4 billion attracted

* Global economic situation not encouraging

* Extraordinary situation merits extraordinary measures

* Need to consider additional fiscal measures in regular budget

* Financial sector reforms need to be accelerated

* Non-performing assets (NPAs) of public sector banks have declined

* State-run banks see NPAs drop from 7.8 per cent to 2.3 per cent in four years

* Number of loss-making state-run units down from 73 to 58

* Profit-making units up from 143 units to 158 units

* In past three years, India grew by average of over 9 per cent

* Per capita income expanded by 4.7 per cent per annum

* Fiscal deficit was brought down from 4.5 per cent to 2.7 per cent

* Revenue deficit was cut from 3.6 per cent to 1.1 per cent

* Exports increased 26.4 per cent per annum

* Foreign trade increased from 27.3 per cent to 35.5 per cent

* Tax to gross domestic product ratio expanded by 9.2 to 12.5 per cent

* Agriculture grew by 3.7 per cent per annum

* Revised estimates for 2009-09 peg plan expenditure at Rs 282,957 crore (Rs 2.83 trillion)

* Central plan increased for host of areas like telecom, rural development

* Tax collections expected to fall to Rs 627,949 crore (Rs 6.28 trillion)

* Revised revenue deficit is 4.4 per cent of GDP against 1 per cent

* Revised fiscal deficit at 6 per cent of GDP against 2.5 per cent

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