With a greater focus on border and health security, these basic priorities may be in the budget 2021-22

Budget 2021-22: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the budget on February 1 (symbolic)


After the deep economic injury in the Corona era, every sector of the economy
Budget 2021-22 expecting relief and encouragement. But given the decrease in revenue, the government can focus on certain areas in the budget 2021-22. In this, special deals related to infrastructure for public safety and employment generation may be announced in view of defense and epidemic in view of tension on the border.

According to economist Rumki Majumdar of Deloitte India, projects like Smart City, Metro, Housing Scheme can remain a priority as they will also generate economic activities by creating productive assets along with employment. This will also increase the demand for goods and services of small, micro and medium industries (MSME), which will also increase employment. This will also attract global investment. Increasing the budget for judiciary budget infrastructure (setting up of new courts, digital resources) will speed up judicial proceedings along with reduction in the number of pending litigation.

Focus on health and social security
Government priority Healthcare and Social Security (Healthcare and social security) will also be the area. In view of the emergency challenges of the Corona period, the government may insist on upgrading district hospitals, increasing the capacity of CHC-PHC to face any such crisis in future. In such a situation, the budget of the health sector (Union Budget) is expected to increase. In the health sector, now it has to be taken from 3.5% of GDP to at least 5%, so that we will be able to go to 10% in 10 years.

Biggest concern of defense government
Majumdar said that in view of the tension on the border, the government can increase the defense budget for military procurement. There will also be a focus on upgrading the security infrastructure in the border areas. The government has approved the purchase of 83 Tejas indigenous fighter aircraft. Some reforms may also be announced with emphasis on defense technology in the defense sector.

Possible announcement to boost exports

The government’s focus is on increasing its share in the global export market and global value chains for the goal of self-sufficiency. In such a situation, the government can increase specialization and investment in the areas of India’s growth and cheap labor. Along with tax exemption, refunds, subsidies can also be given to such industries. Production-linked incentive for manufacturing sector will also get a boost in specific sectors.

Focus on rural development and MSME
This time also, the government may insist on giving more budgetary support to rural development, agriculture sector and MSME sector, as they are important in increasing demand and consumption along with employment, skill development. It is possible to declare tax exemption (private and corporate income) as a temporary relief for the badly affected areas of the epidemic. Steps can also be announced to rationalize indirect taxes especially GST. With an incentive to implement labor and land reforms better, the government will further promote ease of doing business.

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