Union Budget 2020-21: Key takeaways in taxes, education, climate, transport, infrastructure, agriculture & medicine

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Feb 01, 2020, 03:29 PM(IST)

Nirmala Sitharam Photograph:( PTI )

Story highlights

Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Budget for the second time in her tenure on Saturday.

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Budget for the second time in her tenure on Saturday.

Also read: Unwell Nirmala Sitharaman cuts short longest-ever Budget speech of Independent India

The key highlights of the Budget 2020-2021 are as follows:

Tax rates:

Below Rs 5 lakh No tax
Between Rs 2.5 to Rs 5 lakh 5%
Between Rs 5 to Rs 7.5 10%
Between Rs 7.5 to Rs 10 lakh 15%
Between Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 12.5 lakh 20%
Between Rs 12.5 to Rs 15 lakhs 25%
Above Rs 15 lakh 30 %

* Corporate tax for existing companies slashed to 22 per cent.

Education:

* Rs 99,300 crore allocated for the education sector and Rs 3,000 crore for skill development.

* Steps to be taken to attract external commercial borrowing, FDI in the education sector.

* Centre to announce new education policy soon; govt received over 2 lakh suggestions on it.

Climate change:

* Rs 4,400 crore allocated for the 'Clean Air policy'. In this, the focus will be on those cities that have a population of one million. 

* India's commitment towards tackling climate change made in Paris conference kick-starts from January 1, 2021.

* PM KUSUM to be expanded to provide 2 million farmers in setting up standalone solar pumps.

* Sitharaman allocated Rs 2,955 crores to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change which was roughly 10 per cent more than the previous Budgets.

* Out of this, pollution control got a fresh budget of Rs 460 crores, which includes multiple initiatives like the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).

Infrastructure:

* India to provide 273 billion rupees for promotion of industry and commerce.

* Firms operating old thermal power plants advised to shut units if emission norms not met.

* India to allocate 44 billion rupees for clean air incentives in cities with over 1 million people.

* India to allocate 220 billion rupees for power and renewables.

* Conventional energy meters to be replaced by prepaid smart meters in the next three years.

* India to expand national gas grid to 27,000 km.

* Large solar power capacity to be set up alongside rail tracks, on land owned by Indian Railways.

Transport:

* 550 wi-fi facilities have been commissioned at railway stations.

* Proposal for setting up large solar power capacity alongside rail track is under consideration.

* More Tejas type trains will connect tourist destinations

* 1,150 trains to be run in PPP mode, also 4 stations to be redeveloped with help of the private sector.

* 100 more airports to be developed by 2025 to support Udaan scheme.

* Government to consider corporatisation of at least one major port and listing it on stock exchanges.

* Rs 1.7 lakh cr provided for transport infrastructure in 2020-21. 

Agriculture:

* 2.83 trillion rupees for agriculture and allied activities.

* Approves 3.6 trillion rupees for a federal water scheme.

* The government to disburse Rs 15 lakh crore among farmers as credit for the year 2020-21.

* Refinancing scheme of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will be further expanded.

Medicine:

* Special bridge courses will be designed for teachers, nurses, para-medical staff and caregivers.

* Proposal to attach medical colleges with district hospitals on the Public-Private Partnership.

Read in App