Budget 2022: Key Highlights from Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s speech

Here are some key takeaways from Union Budget 2022.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharam tabled Budget 2022. This is the fourth budget of the Sitharaman at a crucial time when the nation is reeling under pandemic. The public is expecting a big relief and generation of employment opportunities from the government.

Take a look at the key highlights from Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Speech: 

1. Agriculture
·        Focus on agricultural productivity and farmers, direct payment of MSP of Rs 2.37 lakh crore.
·       Chemical-free natural farming will be promoted throughout the country with a focus on farmers' land in 5 km wide corridors along the river Ganga, in the first stage.
2. Digital Currency
·        Digital rupee to be issued using blockchain and other technologies by RBI starting 2022-23. 
·        This will give a big boost to the economy. 

3. Education  
·       Finance Minister Nirmala Sidharaman announced the formation of a digital university to provide access to world-class education to Indian students. 
·       “1 class 1 TV channel’ initiative will be started to counter the loss of learning due to the pandemic.
·       PM e-vidya scheme from 12 channels to 200 to be made available in all regional languages.
·       5 academic institutions on urban planning to be made centres of excellence.
·       Agricultural universities will revise syllabi to meet the needs of modern-day farming.

4. Taxation
·       Income from transfer of digital assets to be charged 30% tax, plus 1% tax on the transaction.
·       Income from Long Term Capital Gains will be taxed at 15%.
·       Corporate surcharge to be reduced from 12% to 7%.
·       To provide an opportunity to correct an error, taxpayers can now file an updated return within 2 years from the relevant assessment year.
·       No change in income tax rate and slab.
5. Transportation
·       PM Gati Shakti project will be launched by the government. The project will expand the national highway network by "25,000 km in 2022-23.
·       400 new-generation Vande Bharat trains with better efficiency will be brought in during the next 3 years.
·       100 PM Gati Shakti Cargo terminals to be developed during next 3 years and implementation of innovative ways for building metro systems.