Financing

  • Government to increase dearness allowance to 107 per cent, up from 100 per cent Yesterday

    New Delhi: Government is likely to approve a hike in dearness allowance (DA) to 107 per cent from the existing 100 per cent, benefiting around 30 lakh Centre's employees and its 50 lakh pensioners including dependants. "The average rate of retail inflation for industrial workers from July 1, 2013 to...
  • Jan Dhan Yojana will not a burden on banks, says Arun Jaitley Yesterday

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), under which 2.14 crore accounts have already been opened, will not put any burden on banks. "Any apprehension that this scheme may cause financial burden on the banks does not hold any ground...
  • Insurance Bill in Winter session of Parliament: Arun Jaitley 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Optimistic of passing the Insurance Bill in the next session of Parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday hoped Congress which mooted the hike in FDI cap to 49 per cent in the sector will not oppose it. "I am reasonably confident. Any political party which have mooted the...
  • Inflation in check, growth and investment picking up, assures Arun Jaitley 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday presented the Finance Ministry's report card for the last hundred days since the NDA government came to power, as well as the recent initiatives taken by the Finance Ministry. Jaitley assured that inflation is in check, growth and investment is steadily picking up...
  • Jan Dhan camps by banks on all Saturdays, 1.84 crore accounts opened 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Over 1.84 crore bank accounts have been opened under the Jan Dhan scheme and banks will organise camps from 8 am to 8 pm on all Saturdays to reach out to unbanked households, the government said on Friday. "It has been decided that henceforth, the banks will be holding...
  • Arun Jaitley lauds West Bengal government for its approach on GST August 23, 2014

    Kolkata: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday lauded the West Bengal government for accepting the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in principle and said the state's approach on the issue was very good. "There are several issues in which the Centre and the state government require discussion. To me, GST...
  • RBI notifies increased PPF deposit limit of Rs 1.5 lakh/year August 22, 2014

    Mumbai: The Reserve Bank on Friday notified the increase in deposit money under Public Provident Fund (PPF) to Rs 1.5 lakh from Rs 1 lakh earlier. "We forward herewith a copy of the Government of India Notification...The Government of India, vide this Notification, has enhanced the individual subscription limit under the...
  • Arun Jaitley advocates for low tax regime in tourism sector August 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Advocating for low taxation regime, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said if higher taxes are levied on the tourism industry, then there will be less tourists and lesser revenue collection. "If tourism industry, state governments and the centre are loaded with higher taxes then we will have less...
  • Female bank staffers may soon get transfers of their choice August 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Female employees of public sector banks will soon be entitled to a major benefit of getting transfers of their choice. The Finance Ministry has asked the banks to formulate women-friendly transfer policies so that they can get transfers at places where their husbands are working or parents are living. The...
  • Aircel-Maxis case: CBI planning to question Finance Ministry officials August 17, 2014

    New Delhi: CBI is mulling questioning some officials of the Finance Ministry who were part of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance process given to Aircel-Maxis deal even as it plans to file the first charge sheet in the matter this week. Making it clear that no suspects have been identified...
  • Low growth, high inflation not acceptable: Arun Jaitley August 16, 2014

    Mumbai: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the current situation of high inflation and low growth has to be reversed to achieve sustainable GDP expansion along with improvement in price situation. "If inflation is high then you begin at a point where growth is low. We need to change this...
  • Bring more retail investors to market: Jaitley to Sebi August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Pitching for greater transparency in rule-making and other functions of regulators, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday asked Sebi to work towards attracting more retail investors to the capital markets. Addressing the board of the capital markets regulator, Jaitley also asked Sebi to consider new measures to address issues...
  • Jaitley to meet heads of PSU banks on Thursday July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is scheduled to hold his first meeting with all the heads of the public sector banks on July 31 and is expected to impress upon them the need to lower interest rates for boosting growth. "The Finance Minister would be meeting heads of banks on...
  • Rape crisis centres soon; Finance Ministry approves Maneka's proposal July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Finance Ministry has given its nod to the setting up of rape crisis centres in all the districts, as proposed by the Ministry of Women & Children Development. Formal approval of the Union Cabinet is likely to be taken up on Monday. Women * Children Development Minister Maneka...
  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley takes on party MP for questioning if black money can be brought back July 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Minister ArunJaitley on Friday rebuffed his party MP NishikantDubey who had caused an embarrassment to the government by questioning the possibility of black money returning to India in "our lifetime", saying he will not have to wait for long for this. "When my colleague Nishikant Dubey spoke...
  • Recapitalisation of PSU banks is on high priority: Arun Jaitley July 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said recapitalisation to the tune of Rs 2.4 lakh crore in public sector banks to meet Basel III norms is a 'high priority' item for the government. "We suggested proposal for recapitalising of public sector banks over the next four years...the government is...
  • Government closely monitoring Iraq situation: Arun Jaitley July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Friday said it is closely monitoring the situation in Iraq and will calibrate policy response to cope with it. "The turmoil in Iraq has the potential to have an impact on international prices of oil. The government closely monitors the emerging situation and calibrates appropriate policy...
  • Government takes steps to boost production of tea, coffee, rubber July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Government has taken measures to boost the production and export of plantation crops like tea, coffee, rubber and spices through the Plantation Commodity Boards which provide financial and technical assistance to the growers and the industry. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the help is offered to the growers and...
  • Tata Power Solar partners Bajaj Finance for selling products July 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Tata Power Solar has partnered with Bajaj Finance to provide interest-free loan options for solar products of about Rs 2.5 lakh to consumers. "This national financing tie-up will help make solar much more attractive and an affordable alternative to conventional power sources," Tata Power Solar said in a statement. The...
  • Aadhar Housing Finance forays into Rajasthan, opens branches in 7 cities July 17, 2014

    Aadhar Housing Finance Limited, a segment-focused housing finance company, said it has entered Rajasthan with the simultaneous launch of branches at seven cities in the state. The branches were opened in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Kota, Alwar, Bikaner and Bhilwada. The company provides housing finance to lower income consumer segments -- both...
  • India in talks with a number of countries for new tax treaties July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Tuesday said negotiations are going on for signing new Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAAs) with Hong Kong, Iran, Nigeria and three other nations. The three other countries are Azerbaijan, Chile and Venezuela, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley informed Rajya Sabha in in a written reply. Besides, negotiations are also...
  • Finance secretary Mayaram defends 4.1 per cent fiscal deficit target July 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram said that plans announced in this week's budget to stick to a fiscal deficit target of 4.1 per cent of GDP are "very credible", despite criticism from ratings agencies that the number is optimistic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took office in May, on Thursday...
  • More tax concessions when economy improves: Finance Minister July 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday promised more concessions in income tax when the economy improves. "We do not want a high taxation regime. It was because of the high taxation regime of the previous government that inflation rose." "I think there was never a Union Budget since 1947, which...
  • Growing population of urban India is an increasing cause of concern July 12, 2014

    One of the main takeaway from the Narendra Modi government's budget was the plan to create 100 smart cities to reduce the burden of migrant population on the ever growing urban India. The question is how will the government make this work. ...
  • Three Maharashtra farmers ended lives on budget day July 11, 2014

    Nagpur: Three debt-ridden farmers committed suicide even as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented his well-received budget Thursday, a farm NGO said on Friday. The extreme step by the farmers was prompted by the failed monsoon in large parts of eastern Maharashtra, which has compelled many of them to go in for...
  • Snooping row: US promises to deal with it professionally July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The US on Thursday promised to deal "professionally" with India's "concerns" over reported snooping of BJP by American spy agency NSA. "We understand the concerns which has been raised, we will deal with them professionally," US Deputy Secretary of State William J Burns told reporters after meeting Finance Minister...
  • Arun Jaitley raises exemption limit, introduces Kisan Vikas Patra to boost savings July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Encouraging household savings, the government today raised tax exemption limit on investments in financial instruments to Rs 1.5 lakh, re-introduced Kisan Vikas Patra and hiked the PPF investment ceiling. In his maiden Budget 2014-15, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also proposed higher exemption limit for re-payment of interest on loans...
  • Branded petrol price cut by over Rs 5 per litre July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Price of branded or premium petrol on Thursday was cut by over Rs 5 per litre after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley slashed excise duty on the fuel. Central Excise duty on Branded Petrol was cut from Rs 7.50 per litre to Rs 2.35 per litre. Branded petrol, which contains...
  • India Inc welcomes Modi's Budget, says it sets tone for higher growth trajectory July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: India Inc on Thursday welcomed the Narendra Modi government's maiden budget, saying it sets the tone for attaining higher growth trajectory, job creation and attracting much-needed investments for an economy grappling with multiple challenges. "I think the approach of creating a stable business environment to attract investment and boost...
  • Union Budget: Rs 500 crore for creation of five tourist circuits July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: With an aim of boosting tourism, government on Thursday announced allocation of Rs 500 crore for creation of five tourist circuits with specific themes in the country. In his maiden Budget speech in Parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said India's rich cultural, historical, and natural heritage provides a huge...