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Union Budget 2014-15: Banking and Insurance Sector

Jul 10, 2014 18:47 IST

Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley on 10 July 2014 presented Union Budget 2014-15. The Union Budget introduced many new initiatives like Financial Inclusion Mission, Debt Recovery Tribunals to improve the economic system in India and also introduced National Savings Certificate, a new insurance cover to provide additional benefits for the small saver.

Banking


• Time bound programme as Financial Inclusion Mission to be launched on 15 August 2014 with focus on the weaker sections of the society.‰

• Banks to be encouraged to extend long term loans to infrastructure sector with flexible structuring.
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• Banks to be permitted to raise long term funds for lending to infrastructure sector with minimum regulatory pre-emption such as CRR, SLR and Priority Sector Lending (PSL).

• RBI to create a framework for licensing small banks and other differentiated banks.

• Differentiated banks serving niche interests, local area banks, payment banks etc. are contemplated to meet credit and remittance needs of small businesses, unorganized sector, low income households, farmers and migrant work force.

• Six new Debt Recovery Tribunals to be set up.
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• For venture capital in the MSME sector, a 10000 crore rupees fund to act as a catalyst to attract private Capital by way of providing equity , quasi equity, soft loans and other risk capital for start-up companies with suitable tax incentives to participating private funds to be established.

Insurance Sector

• The pending insurance laws (amendment) Bill to be immediately brought for consideration of the Parliament.

• The regulatory gap under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Scheme (Banking) Act, 1978 will be bridged.

Small Savings
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Kissan Vikas Patra (KVP) to be reintroduced.
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• A special small savings instrument to cater to the requirements of educating and marriage of the Girl Child to be introduced.

• A National Savings Certificate with insurance cover to provide additional benefits for the small saver.

• In the Public Provident Fund (PPF) Scheme, annual ceiling will be enhanced to 1.5 lakh rupees per annum from1 lakh rupees at present.

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