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Twitter records 7.2 lakh tweets on Budget 2017 between January 30-February 2

Twitter provided live updates from the budget showcasing the presentation and initiated conversation amongst policy makers, influencers etc.

02 Feb 2017

Anirudha with his family | EPS
Budget allocation for Odisha a bold move

After demonetisation, Anirudha was expecting additional income tax relaxation for pensioners and senior citizens besides steps for banking activities in unbanked areas.

02 Feb 2017

Sajith J Palakkappilly with his family. | EPS
Presumptive tax reduction is beneficial: Kochi businessmen

Amidst hectic engineering consultancy work, Sajith J Palakkappilly was constantly monitoring the Union Budget proposals.

02 Feb 2017

Dr Nachiket Shankar and his family | EPS
Tax cut is fine, although nothing new for healthcare in the Union Budget: Experts

The major letdowns? No boost for primary education and no increase in income tax for highest income group. 

02 Feb 2017

Budget boost for digital payments sector

The government has been consistent, over the last few months, about its intention to usher India into a digitally enabled and driven economic system.

02 Feb 2017

Software engineers Anto Thomas and Devi Sasikumar.(Vinod Kumar T | EPS)
Cry to waive service charge on online payment intensifies amid thumbs up for railway breather

Budget 2017 promised a lot in terms of incentives for digital economy, but for some software engineers it is disappointing.

02 Feb 2017

Opening door for private players

With railway looking to pep up its revenue from all possible avenues, Union Budget provided it a window whereby it could invite private players and State government to run pilgrim and tourist trains o

02 Feb 2017

Push to cash in on demon benefits

Less than 24 hours from Budget 2017, the IT sector shivered from a remapped proposal of H1B programme, sending IT stocks southwards.

02 Feb 2017

Digital way to tax-compliant economy

Building on the remonetisation exercise to bring a large portion of informal economy to a formal format, the Union Budget aims to strengthen digital payment infrastructure across the country.

02 Feb 2017

Raise a stink with Coach Mitra for Swacch yatra

To provide better amenities to passengers, Union budget proposed to introduce ‘Coach Mitra’ facility, a single window interface, to register all coach related complaints and requirements.

02 Feb 2017

Your online ticket just got cheaper

Continuing its push for a digital economy, the Centre has decided to offer competitive ticket booking to the public by withdrawing service charge on train tickets booked online.

02 Feb 2017

Vikas and Neha Pathak, who work in the banking sector.(R Satish Babu | EPS)
Cleaning-up dirty loos great move, they should also tackle fare disparity & seat issues

Vikas and Neha Pathak, who work in the banking sector, were keenly tracking the Budget this year.

02 Feb 2017

A satisfied Prime Minister Narendra Modi was all smiling during the session which announced that his “demon” (demonetisation) move would help transfer money from the pockets of tax evaders to the government. | PTI
A budget for the future?

Immediately after the Union Budget was presented, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a televised address in which he expressed his deep satisfaction.

02 Feb 2017

Union Finance minister Arun jaitley, Chief Economic Adviser Dr. Arvind Subramanian, MOS Finance Santosh gangwar, Arjun Ram Meghwal and Finance secretary Ashok Lavasa after a Post-Budget Press Conference in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Shekhar Yadav | EPS)
Budget sows goodwill, leaves little reason for criticism

Jaitley did not go overboard to overhaul the corporate or individual income tax system, but maintained that the measures would boost the economy.

02 Feb 2017

Muralidharan, an accountant and his family. (Shiba Prasad Sahu | EPS)
It’s good for the middle-class, but nothing that great

Muralidharan, who is keen on minimising his tax payments, believes that the budget favoured the low-income group appropriately, but only marginally benefitted the middle class.

02 Feb 2017

Focus on infra is boost for realty

This is one of the path-breaking budgets with far-reaching consequences, especially for the real estate sector.

02 Feb 2017

Acche din for middle class buyers

In a quest to increase transparency and accountability, the Union Budget has outlined several pro-poor, pro-agriculture and pro-infrastructure initiatives.

02 Feb 2017

Non-populist budget with a bold agenda

The Finance Minister while delivering the budget speech has set out a bold agenda - Transform, Energise and Clean India.

02 Feb 2017

Infra status holds key to affordable housing segment

The housing sector has received a major boost from the Union Budget even as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley provided infrastructure status to the affordable housing segment.

02 Feb 2017

Sandeep Katti, an advocate. Katti and his wife have been house hunting.(Vinod Kumar T  | EPS)
Couple's hunt for dream house just saw a ray of hope

This Union Budget has many positives for prospective middle-class home buyers, like Sandeep Katti, an advocate.

02 Feb 2017

An incentive to job growth in  private sector

imed at encouraging 96% companies in Corporate India and also incentivise job growth in the private sector, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Union…

02 Feb 2017

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