New defence budget leaves ex-Army generals, experts unhappy

The Defence Ministry was allocated Rs 2,03 lakh crore for 2013-14 which is barely Rs 25,169 crore more from last year`s revised estimate of Rs 1.79 lakh crore.

Budget 2013: Rs 270.05 cr for Union Ministers` travel; Rs 5.8 cr for salaries

The government has earmarked Rs 270.05 crore for the tour expenses of Union Ministers in the General Budget 2013-14.

Pragmatism: Common strand in Chidambaram`s eight budgets

Farmers will now be able to access this credit facility from private banks as well.

Healthy or not so healthy Budget 2013-14?

The Union Budget proposal to integrate rural and urban heath missions has been received well though experts lamented the rather ‘poor’ outlay under the combined scheme.

Impose taxes on corruption: Suniel Shetty

Reacting to the imposition of 10 percent surcharge by the government on those who earn more than Rs.1 crore a year, actor Suniel Shetty says the government should start imposing tax on corruption.

Budget failed to address concerns of masses: Karat

CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat on Friday said that the Union budget has "failed" to address the major concern of the masses.

Budget is clever attempt to mislead public in election year: AAP

Aam Aadmi Party alleged that the Budget presented by P Chidambaram was a "clever attempt to mislead" public ahead of elections.

Budget lacks strategy and vision for India`s development: Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the UPA government`s budget lacks a growth strategy and vision to develop India`s economy.

Govt to have new criteria for special status, Nitish claims victory

Amid demand from Bihar to revise yardsticks for granting special status to backward states, Centre proposed to evolve new criteria that would reflect in future planning and devolution of funds.

Delhi govt gets marginal hike in allocation

Notwithstanding demand by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to hike central assistance, Centre earmarked Rs 1,143 crore for Delhi in Union Budget which is increase of only Rs 44 crore compared to 2012.

Fiscally correct, progressive budget: Scindia

Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday described the union budget as "fiscally correct, progressive and inclusive in its approach".

Union budget smoky: Left Front

Left Front described Union budget as "smoky" as it contained no specific measures for safeguarding interests of poor man, while maintaining "tradition" of giving tax relief for the corporate houses.

Fight against Naxalism gets enhanced allocation in budget

Finance Minister P Chidambaram has enhanced budgetary allocation for subjects dealing with upgrading police infrastructure and enhancing weapons and training of personnel deployed to tackle Naxalism.

Budget a damp squib, full of rhetoric, says Jayalalithaa

Describing Union Budget as `damp squib` Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalaithaa said it was full of rhetoric and lacked any tangible steps to tackle the crisis confronting the country`s economy.

Market not delighted with Chidambaram`s eighth Budget

The biggest loss was witnessed in 2009 with the Sensex closing at 5.8 percent lower.

Budget 2013: How will it affect you

Income Tax slabs have been left untouched this year, as these were introduced only last year.

Budget 2013: India hikes military spending 14 percent

India hiked its military spending to Rs 203,672 crore (Rs 2.03 trillion/USD 37 billion), an increase of five percent over the Rs 193,407 crore outlay for 2012-13.

Chhattisgarh`s budget gives priority to agriculture

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Saturday presented a Rs 44,169 crore budget for the fiscal year 2013-14 in the Assembly, with its focus on agriculture and allied sectors.

Chidambaram to hold budget consultations with Congress leaders

Finance Minister P Chidambaram will hold consultations with Congress leaders on February 14 amid expectations that the 2013-14 Budget will be a promising affair replete with populist schemes.