Budget Highlights-4

* Rs.2.87 lakh crore for rural and urban local bodies

* Animal welfare programme, animal health card, e-marketing platform for connecting breeders

* 100 percent village electrification to be achieved by May 1, 2018

* Appreciation for 75 lakh middle class and lower middle class families for willingly giving up LPG Subsidy

* Rs.19,000 crore allotted for PMGSY

* Rs.8.5 lakh crore of agricultural credit targetted in 2015-16; and Rs.9 lakh crore in 2016-17

* Rs.35,984 crore allocated for agriculture in 2016-17

* Five lakh acres to be brought under organic farming over three-year period

* MGNREGA to get Rs.38,500 crore

* Recapitalisation of banks during next fiscal

* Prudent fiscal policy needed, domestic demand should be raised, reforms need to be carried out

* Farm, rural sector, infra and social sector to get more funds

* Need to prioritise expenditure given recommendations of 7th Pay Commission and OROP implementation

* Nine pillars for reforming India, among them agriculture, social sector, education, infra, fiscal discipline, and tax reforms

* Presenting budget when global economy in a serious crisis

* Amidst global headwinds, the Indian economy has held its own

* Converted challenges we inherited into opportunities

* CPI inflation down to 5.4 percent from 9 percent-plus, bringing big relief to the public

* Forex reserves at highest-ever level

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