Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her maiden Budget in Parliament

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This is the first annual budget of the National Democratic Alliance Government’s second term

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Here are the key takeaways from Budget 2019:

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1. The budget proposed to make Pan Card and Aadhaar Card interchangeable to file tax returns

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2. Pension benefits to about three crore retail traders and small shopkeepers with an annual turnover of less than Rs 1.5 crore

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3. The plan to provide piped water across Indian households by 2024

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4. Increase in special additional excise duty, and road and infrastructure cess, each by Rs 2 a litre, on petrol and diesel

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5. Around 30 lakh workers are now covered under the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan Dhan Yojana

(The scheme that provides a monthly pension of Rs 3,000 to informal sectors workers after they turn 60)

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6. 657 km of Metro rail network has become operational across the country

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7. Customs duty on gold and other precious metals increased

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8. Provide banks with Rs 70,000 crore of capital to boost credit

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9. TDS of 2 per cent on cash withdrawal exceeding Rs 1 crore in a year from a bank account

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10. Internet connectivity in local bodies in every panchayat under BharatNet to bridge the rural-urban divide

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