Modi's 2019 budget a surgical strike on Opposition? | Master Stroke(01.02.2019)

01 Feb 2019 10:39 PM

Modi's 2019 budget a surgical strike on Opposition? | Master Stroke(01.02.2019)

Updated 01 Feb 2019 10:39 PM

Setting aside all conventions with an eye on the coming elections, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday showered tax sops for the middle class and salaried tax payers including zero tax liability for those with income is up to Rs 5 lakh and announced an annual income support of Rs 6,000 for small farmers and contributory pension for labourers in the demonetization-hit unorganized sector.

Taking the place of an ailing Arun Jaitley, in his 100-minute speech, Goyal also announced raising the Standard Deduction for the salaried class and pensioners from Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 and proposed exemption from tax on notional rent on second self-occupied home. This would help families maintaining homes at two locations due to their jobs.

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