Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday presented the Union Budget for fiscal 2013-14 in Parliament today.
The highlights are as follows:
Defence gets Rs 2,20,000 crore, 86721 crore for capital expenditure
Rural housing to get Rs 6000 crore, urban housing Rs 2000 crore
Two new ports in West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh
Domestic workers, Anganwadi workers, etc to get group insurance
17 per cent hike in education, 22 per cent in agriculture, 46 per cent for rural development
Tax-free infrastructure bonds of Rs.50,000 crore to be issued
Gas handling terminal at Dabhol in Maharashtra to be fully operational during 2013-14
Two new ports to be set up in West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh to ad 100 million tonnes handling capacity
National Skill Development Corporation to train five crore people in current plan period
National Livestock Mission to be launched to attract investment and increase fodder production.