Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog Current Affairs - 2019

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Interim Budget 2019: What’s there for Agriculture

The Union Minister of Finance Piyush Goyal presented the interim budget. The various provisions in the budget related to the Agricultural sector are listed below:

  • The budget announced a farm support scheme for farmers owning up to 2 hectares of lands.
  • These farmers will get Rs 6,000 per year in three equal instalments effective from December 1, 2018.
  • The Finance Minister has set aside Rs 75,000 crore for the scheme.
  • The farm support scheme is expected to benefit 12 crore small and marginal farmers.
  • The allocation for the Rashtriya Gokul Mission has been increased to Rs 750 crore for increasing the production and productivity of cows.
  • 2% interest subvention for farmers pursuing animal husbandry and fisheries through Kisaan credit cards.
  • A separate Department for fisheries would be created.
  • Farmers adversely affected by natural calamities would get 2% interest subvention and additional 3% interest subvention upon timely repayment.
  • Budget announced setting up of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog to upscale sustainable genetic upgradation of cow resources and to enhance production and productivity of cows.
  • The Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog would also be responsible for effective implementation of laws and welfare schemes for cows.

The budget has made some big announcements but the critics argue that the long-term plans are mere slogans with no clear road map.

Interim Budget 2019: Highlights

The highlights of the Interim Budget 2019 presented by the Finance Minister are listed below:

  • 6,000 rupees yearly direct support to farmers through PM-KISAN Programme.
  • Pension of 3,000 rupees for unorganised sector workers earning up to 15,000 rupees through a mega Pension Scheme – Pradhan Mantri Shram- Yogi Maandhan.
  • Present Income Tax rates to continue and full tax rebate up to an income of 5 lakh rupees for individual taxpayers. Standard deduction raised to 50,000, a hike of 10,000 for salaried class.
  • Simplification of Direct tax system and returns to be processed in 24 hours with immediate refunds.
  • 90 per cent GST payers can file quarterly returns.
  • Two per cent interest rebate for Small and Medium Enterprises to get an incremental loan of one crore rupees.
  • Constituting group of Ministers to examine GST burden on home buyers.
  • Digitalization of Customs for export and import transactions.
  • Allocations towards Health care, MGNREGA, SC/ST welfare programmes, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Development of infrastructure in North-East has been increased substantially.
  • Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog for genetic upgradation of the cow.
  • Separate Department of Fisheries.
  • Electricity connection to all willing families by next month.
  • Allocations to Defence budget crosses three lakh crore rupees for the first time.
  • More than three lakh 38 thousand shell companies deregistered after demonetization.
  • 10 point vision for 2030 to realize India’s social economic potential.
  • India to be a 10 trillion dollars economy in 13 years.
  • Government e-Marketplace – GeM to be extended to all Central Public Sector Enterprises.
  • Container cargo movement to the North-East through Brahmaputra river.
  • Allocation for infrastructure development in the North East increased by 21 per cent.
  • AIIMS to be established in Haryana.
  • Digital connectivity for more than one lakh more villages.
  • National Centre on Artificial Intelligence Centre to be established.
  • Tightening of Cinematograph Act to check piracy.
  • Single window clearance for shooting films for Indian filmmakers.
  • Indigenous development of semi-high speed Vande Bharat Express train
  • The fiscal deficit pegged at 3.4 per cent of GDP.

The Budget was keenly watched as the country is heading for a general election in 2019.