Budget 2019: Key takeaways announced by Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at Lok Sabha. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 05, 2019, 11.21 AM (IST)

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman today announced a slew of measures in the Budget to boost the economy. India is the sixth largest economy, she said. The finance minister said she will announce changes to kick-start foreign investment.

"It's right time to consider increasing minimum public shareholding in the listed companies, I have asked SEBI to consider raising the current threshold of 25 per cent to 35 per cent," India's finance minister informed Parliament during the Budget speech.

"We'll support private entrepreneurship in driving value addition to farmers produce and those from allied activities too, like bamboo, timber and also for generating renewable energy," the finance minister said during her Budget speech. 

The major takeways included:

In order to harness India's space ability commercially, a public sector enterprise, New Space India Limited (NSIL) incorporated to tap benefits of ISRO.

Proposal to reform KYC for FPIs.

New National Education policy announced, encourage foreign students to study in India.

Propose to consider issuing Aadhaar Card for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) with Indian passports after their arrival in India without waiting for the mandatory 180 days. 

Rs 350 crore allocated for 2 per cent interest subvention for all GST-registered MSMEs on fresh or incremental loans. 

Provide Non-resident Indians (NRIs) seamless access to Indian equities, NRI portfolio investment route to be merged with foreign portfolio investment route.

Pension for shopkeepers and retailers with turnover less than Rs 1.5 crore to be launched under Pradhan Mantri Karma Yogi Maan Dhan Scheme.

100 per cent FDI in insurance intermediaries.

1 crore loans for MSMEs in 59 minutes. 

Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana phase 3 envisaged to upgrade 1,25,000 km of road length over the next 5 years.

National Highways Programme will be done to ensure the creation of National Highways Grid of desirable capacity. The government envisions using rivers for cargo transport, it will also decongest roads and railways.

Government to invite suggestions for further opening up of FDI in the aviation sector, media, animation AVGC and insurance sectors in consultation with all stakeholders. 

PPP to be used to unleash faster development and the delivery of passenger freight services. 
 
FAME II scheme to encourage faster adoption of electric vehicles by the right incentives and charging infrastructure. 

New Rupay scheme for transport.

Rental laws to be reformed.

Long term bonds for markets.

Multiple transport lines with one card.

Big Metro line push for new India.

Sagarmala for road, rail and port connectivity. It is meant for 'poor man's transport'.

India to enter aircraft financing.

India to create aspirational jobs in the aviation sector.

Sitharaman pushed for the development of MRO industry.

Annual Global Investors' Meet to be organized in India, using National Investment and Infrastructure Fund(NIIF) as the anchor to get key sets of global players to come and invest in India. 

Expansion of Swachh Bharat mission to undertake sustainable solid waste management in every village.

Management of water resources and water supply in an integrated and holistic manner to ensure 'Har Ghar Jal', to all rural households by 2024 under 'Jal Jeevan Mission'.

Government to set up Sports Development Board under Khelo India.

Women Self Help Group(SHG) Interest Subvention Programme to be expanded to all districts in India.

Story highlights

India to create aspirational jobs in the aviation sector, Sitharaman announced