The union budget is out and everybody is eyeing it for their benefit. Here are the highlights that make the budget interesting for each one of us:
The government aims to focus on a digital economy and hence, promote online payments and ease the process. Under this plan, the government will target Rs 2,500 crore digital transactions across platforms like UPI, will launch 2 new schemes to promote BHIM app and an AadhaarPay app.
In addition to the digital plans, Mr Jaitley also announced that no individual will be allowed to make cash transactions above Rs 3 lakh.
The infrastructure sector was allocated Rs 3.96 lakh crore in the Union Budget 2017-18.
The railway, transport & airways sector in total were allocated Rs 2.41 lakh crore. For highways, the allocation was raised to Rs 64,000 crore.
Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) has been abolished and a new roadmap will be announced. Moreover, new FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) policy is also under consideration.
Rs 10,000 crore for recapitalisation of banks.
The total expenditure for the Union Budget 2017-18 will stand at Rs 21,47,000 crore.
Fiscal deficit was pegged at 3.2 per cent of GDP.
Capital gains regime for land and property holding period reduced from 3 to 2 years.
Pace of demonetization has picked up; demonetization effects will not spill over to next year.
Demonetization will help in transfer of resources from tax evaders to government.
The effect of demonetization will not hamper any sector and cash will be sufficiently available in new currency.
What’s instore for Real Estate in 2017- in a nut shell
In the Union budget 2017-18 announced on Feb 1, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has proposed granting of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœinfrastructure’ status of the affordable housing campaign.
Though the real estate sector had high expectations from the Union Budget, the budget was not as expected. The announcement of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœinfrastructure status’ to the affordable housing sector, can serve as a significant step in achieving the government’s Ã¢â‚¬ËœHousing for All’ mission that is set to be completed by 2022. Speaking on this Ssumit Berry, managing director, BDI Group said “It will help the sector to get the benefits of infrastructure sector, which was a long-time demand of the realty industry. The new measure will reduce costs for developers and attract more investors. It is a great push for the Ã¢â‚¬ËœHousing for All’ vision and will definitely benefit first-time buyers.