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Budget : An Overview

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Countdown begins for the budget of 2022-23

Akankshya Mukherjee, Mumbai Uncensored, 31st January 2022 :

The countdown for the Budget 2022-23 has begun and just like every year, markets and industries are looking forward to big announcements by the Finance Minister of India, Shrimati Nirmala Sitharaman. For the unversed, the budget for 2022-23 will be presented on 1st February during the first half of the Parliament’s Budget Session. It usually begins in the last week of January every year.

Shrimati Nirmala Sitharaman is the second woman to present the Budget, after the former Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi, it is definitely a big task she has taken in hands. Also, Shrimati Sitharaman is the first female Finance Minister to present 4 consecutive Union budgets.

Why has the Budget’s date and time changed?

The Union Budget used to be announced on the last working day of February at 5pm, and it was continued to be in practice till 1999. The tradition was inherited from the colonial era but it wasn’t the only know. The Budget invariably brings changes in the Tax System, and the presentation was given to the producers and tax collecting agencies at night to execute the price changes. Shri Yashwant Sinha was the first Finance Minister of India from 1998 to 2002 during Atal Bihari Vajpayee leading the NDA Government was when the ritual was changed by announcing the 1999 Union Budget at 11am.

Why is the Budget being presented on 1st February?

In 2017, during the NDA government another change took place, the government was led by the current Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Departing the colonial ritual of Union Budget presentation on the last working day of February, the then Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley announced that henceforth the Budget will be presented on 1st February.

Traditional Halwa Ceremony

The traditional Halwa Ceremony will be held ahead of the Budget presentation in India. It marks the beginning of the printing process of the Government’s Budget Document every year. The ceremony also recognizes efforts of every staff member who were the part of the Budget making ceremony. The ceremony is usually attended by the Finance Minster and other Officials and clerks of the Ministry. As per the ritual, the halwa is prepared and served to the officials under the Finance Ministry who are directly associated with the Budget.

Team behind Union Budget 2022:

Revenue Secretary- Tarun Bajaj
Economic Affairs Secretary- Ajay Seth
Finance Secretary- TV Somanathan
Banking Secretary- Debashish Pandey
Secretary of the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management- TK Pandey

The Budget session of Parliament will not have Zero Hour and Question Hour during the first two days owing to the address of the President to both Houses together and the Presentation of Union Budget 2022 respectively. Matters of Urgent Public Importance can be raised during ‘Zero Hour’ of the 8th session of the 17th Lok Sabha from February 2 onward.

Experts and Expectations on Budget Union 2022:

Dr Suneeta Reddy on Union Budget 2022 says “It is the best time for the country to spend more on healthcare. Currently, 1.15% of GDP is spent on healthcare. This needs to move to 2.5% and it needs to be done as quickly as possible”.

TV Narendran, CII President, CEO and MD Tata Steel Limited says “We need another year to ensure that recovery is on track. Unless you keep your hand on the wheel and ensure investments flow, the recovery may not happen. We should give it another year, and then we can experiment next year. Government needs to continue to invest in infrastructure and boost consumption of lowest income strata with policies on socio-economic side, health infrastructure, security on jobs. Unnecessary taxes. Government should not add more layers of taxes and no policy flip-flop, like retrospective taxes. We need another year to ensure that recovery is on track. Unless you keep your hand on the wheel and ensure investments flow, the recovery may not happen”.

Former President of CII, and VC of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited, Vikram Kirloskar said “I want to see investment in auto sector. Haven’t seen much being put in the auto sector. The centre needs to find a way to boost demand of vehicles at the entry-level. India needs to pursue the net-
zero and sustainability goal in our own environment. We don’t want budget deficit to increase, we want rupee to be stable. We don’t want anything that would hurt the stability of the rupee. I have heard a lot of criticism on India’s handling of Covid. I always ask, which country has done better. We have managed to get the economy back on track. We need to keep that optimism in the Budget”
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Chandrajit Banerjee, DG of CII says “We need to rejuvenate rural demand. The government needs to focus on technology upgradation and R&D. I would like to see an over-arching technology commission or a technology fund. I don’t like to see reduction in schemes that create assets in rural India, like MNREGA and no policy that hurts the sentiment of business class. The government is on track to meet the fiscal deficit target this year. It is very important for government to balance growth and fiscal prudence in next financial year”.

Sanjiv Bajaj President- Designate, CII, Chairman & MD Bajaj Finserv says “As long as we can keep this pandemic wave in check, the economy will keep growing. I think we can keep the fiscal deficit in check. We need to prioritise investment, put it into infrastructure. We need a Budget that will look 5-10 years ahead and make India a very competitive country”. He further advises “Don’t spend everything, keep something in hand”.

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Aditya Bharti : Face behind GoCleaners and GoRealtors

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Khushi Thawani, Mumbai Uncensored, 18th January, 2023:

As Aristotle said, Excellence is not an act but a habit. It involves a lot of effort, tenacity, research, sacrifice, and, most importantly, passion for the task at hand. Although the founder of GoCleaners, Aditya Bharti, had never heard of this proverb, he was working on it as though it were his personal mission statement.

Initially, he didn’t launch with a significant setup. He also had no idea that what he was about to do in the home cleaning services industry would one day be so intrusive that it would upend some of the established businesses in hyperlocal markets. This is especially true given that he had modest beginning and lacked the high-end funding that his rivals did.

This business was founded by Aditya 1 and a half years back and he has already achieved wonders in the sector. He was later joined by two co-founders Anup and Shivam. Aditya was working at a real estate company at the time, and Anup was employed for the renowned Urban Company, a provider of home cleaning services. Shivam wasn’t working at the time. They weren’t your usual IITians or IIM grads who were surrounded by money and plethora of opportunities. But hey, they already knew that. They therefore already began looking for that initial pool of capital.

GoCleaners was Aditya’s idea; it was memorable and expressed exactly what they wanted to convey to any visitors to their website. They put together roughly Rs. 1 lakh and set out on their voyage, learning more about where life would lead them little by little. Aditya used to receive the orders, while Shivam and Anup used to deliver the jobs.

From Anup’s background, they were aware that although the businesses were benefitting from the services provided, the service providers who worked with them were not really pleased with their policies. The service providers frequently encountered a lack of collaboration between the personnel overseeing them, and had to pay for their credit in order to receive a work, and occasionally had to foot the bill for the chemicals. They had a lot of room to grow and explore in an untapped sector. Aditya and his team, like the majority of disruptors, struggled to keep up with the speed of funding needed because they were aware of the issue but lacked the resources to address it.

They were running out of labour, equipment, and chemicals on a regular basis. H “Many people came up with different psychologies and ideas but I was sure of what I had to do to execute and push things further ahead. I had a clear image built up in my head. I sincerely recommend anyone who wishes to start out on their own – first research the problem and start developing the best solution for it. Don’t jump in blind, your path will then be laden with unforeseen problems and under-researched quick fixes which is a sure-shot recipe for failure.”is parents were quite encouraging. In order to keep them back on course and make sure they didn’t veer off the course they had set for themselves, his mother loaned him every piece of jewellery she owned.

The encouragement from his mother worked. They got started in a way that established the bar for success. Anup and Shivam, the team’s co-founders, are joined by 16 other members so far, all of them are specialists who complete tasks. They have successfully impacted the important Mumbai suburbs of Andheri, Goregaon, and Vile Parle, among others, and receive a steady stream of orders from these areas, the majority of which are client references.

Aditya is aware that this is only the start. With such a strong team, they still have more benchmarks to reach, and Aditya hopes to create a unified platform for all varieties of professional services.

He acknowledges that the travel was a crucial period in his life and that it kept him inspired to continue. Every day was different; some were really productive, while others were the pits. To manage both the tasks and obligations of his profession, he first had to make adjustments to himself and his daily schedule. When Aditya thinks back today, he recalls the period when he had considered quitting school, but his friend Shivam and his family encouraged him, giving him hope that he might achieve his goal.

Aditya responds to the question, what is the one thing you remember doing that you realise was the most crucial step of your journey? replying “Many people came up with different psychologies and ideas but I was sure of what I had to do to execute and push things further ahead. I had a clear image built up in my head. I sincerely recommend anyone who wishes to start out on their own – first research the problem and start developing the best solution for it. Don’t jump in blind, your path will then be laden with unforeseen problems and under-researched quick fixes which is a sure-shot recipe for failure.”

Not only this the start-up king has invested himself in yet another idea called Go realtors, where he and his team help sellers, buyers and investors with the best possible tips and provide other services related to real estate, considering Aditya’s prior experience in the same sector. He seems unstoppable with the ideas and his ‘ace it all’ mindset.

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Anuraddha Singh launches a new collection of party dresses from her brand Throne of Medusas

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Mumbai Uncensored, 15th November 2022:

Throne of Medusas, a newly emerged fashion brand known for its exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail, has just launched its latest collection of party dresses.

The new line, “Disco On Fire,” features a range of elegant and sophisticated dresses perfect for any special occasion. Made from the finest fabrics and adorned with delicate lace and intricate embroidery, these dresses are designed to make any woman feel like a true queen.

The collection includes two astonishing colours, Bleeding emerald and Sunkissed glitter which are available in a range of sizes to suit every body type. 

In a statement, the brand’s founder, Anuraddha Singh, said, “We are thrilled to introduce our new Disco On Fire collection, which captures the essence of femininity and strength. These dresses are perfect for the modern woman who wants to make a statement and feel confident and powerful.”

Throne of Medusas is known for its commitment to high-quality materials and ethical production, and its new collection is no exception. Each dress is crafted by skilled artisans using quality fabrics and advanced production techniques.

The new collection is available now on their website – www.throneofmedusas.com. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to elevate your wardrobe with these stunning and luxurious dresses.

For more information, visit the Throne of Medusas website or follow the brand on social media to stay up-to-date with their latest collections and special offers.

https://www.instagram.com/throneofmedusas/

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सर्वसामांन्याचे बजेट कोलमडणार, जीवनावश्यक वस्तूंवर ५ टक्के GST लागू

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Kalyani Gilbile, Mumbai Uncensored, 20th July 2022:

आजपासून जीवनावश्यक वस्तूंवर ५% जीएसटी लागू करण्याच्या सरकारच्या निर्णयांमुळे सर्वसामान्यांच्या खिशाला कात्री लागणार आहे. आधीच सर्वसामान्य माणूस महागाईने त्रस्त आहे, त्यात जीएसटी परिषदेने दैनंदिन जीवनात वापरल्या जाणाऱ्या अनेक वस्तूंवरील कर दर वाढवण्याचा निर्णय घेऊन सर्वसामान्यांच्या घरखर्चाचे गणित पूर्णपणे विघडवले आहे.

सीलबंद दही-दुधाला जीएसटीच्या अंतर्गत आणण्याचा निर्णय अर्थमंत्री निर्मला सीतारामन यांच्या अध्यक्षतेखाली झालेल्या जीएसटी परिषदेत घेण्यात आला होता, त्यानंतर या गोष्टीवर 5 % जीएसटी लागू करण्याचा निर्णय घेण्यात आला.

कोणत्या गोष्टी महागणार – 

तृणधान्ये, डाळींपासून ते दही, लस्सी, पनीर, गूळ, चिरमुरे, खांडसरी साखर अशा ब्रँड नसलेल्या खाद्यपदार्थांवर आता कर प्रणाली अंतर्गत कर ५% आकारला जाईल. याआधी केवळ ब्रँडेड वस्तूंवरच शुल्क आकारले जात होते.

सध्या शाई (प्रिटिंग व चित्रकलेसाठी वापरली जाणारी), चाकू, एलईडी दिवे, चित्रकलेचे साहित्य, पेन्सिल शार्पनर्स या वस्तूंवरील जीएसटी आता १२ % वरून १८ % झाली आहे. तसेच, सोलर वॉटर हिटरवर आता ५ % वरून १२ % जीएसटी आकारला जाणार आहे.   

त्याचवेळी रुग्णालयातील अतिदक्षता नसलेल्या खोल्यांचे एका दिवसांचे भाडे ५००० रुपयांपेक्षा अधिक असल्यास त्यावर ५ % जीएसटी लागू होणार आहे.

कोणत्या गोष्टी स्वस्त होणार –

ऑस्टोमी प्रकारच्या शस्त्रक्रियेच्या उपकरणांवरील जीएसटी १२ % वरून ५ % करण्यात येणार आहे.

ट्रक/मालवाहतूक भाड्याने जेथे इंधन खर्च समाविष्ट असेल तेथे 18% ऐवजी 12% इतका जीएसटी  कमी होईल.

विमानाने इकॉनॉमी क्लासमधून बागडोगरा ते ईशान्येकडील राज्यांच्या हवाई प्रवासावर जीएसटी माफ करण्यात आला आहे. तसेच, बॅटरीसह किंवा त्याशिवाय इलेक्ट्रिक वाहनांवर 5% जीएसटी आकारण्यात येणार आहे.

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