Edelman India Analysis Standing in for Mr Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister (FM), Piyush Goyal presented the Union Budget of India earlier today. Highlighting achievements of various Government schemes, Mr Goyal stated that the Government led by Prime Minister Modi has been the most decisive and transformational in executing structural reforms. Focused on rural and inclusive development over the next 5-10 years, the Budget included significant announcements ahead of the General Elections while also outlining ten dimensions of the Government’s Vision for India’s development by 2030. The launch of, “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN),” which aims to supplement rural income, captured the limelight of this year’s budget. The middle class has also benefited with higher gratuity, broadening of the tax-exempt bracket and waivers on income tax on notional rent. A mega pension scheme for workers in the unorganised sector was also announced along with health coverage under the ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme. The Government has budgeted for overall expenditure of INR 27.8 trillion in 2019-20, an increase of 13% over the previous year’s estimates, while targeting a fiscal deficit of 3.4% in 2019-20 and 3% in 2020-21.