Let’s admit it…Budget is a BIG word for many of us, all we REALLY want to know is simply ‘What’s become cheap, what’s become costly’ and that is THE BUDGET for us..summarizing the budget for you ..well in just 30 bullet points 🙂
Remember when we all had that question in our English Exam paper ‘Summarize the following article into 3/4 lines…we never knew which lines to take because we thought every damn line was too important to be left out 🙂 This is how a summary is best made.
Anyways lets get back to the Budget
What becomes Costlier?
> Cigarettes, cigar, tobacco, paper rolled beedis and gutka
> All services like bill payments, eating out
> Ready made garments and branded apparel of more than Rs 1,000
> Gold and Silver; jewellery articles excluding silver
> Water including mineral water, aerated water containing added sugar or sweetening matter
> Goods and services above Rs 2 lakh in cash
> Aluminium foil
> Air Travel
> Plastic bags and sacks
> Ropeway, cable car rides
> Imported imitation jewellery
> Industrial solar water heater
> Legal services
> Lottery tickets
> Traveling by hiring stage carriage
> Hiring of packers & movers
> E-reading devices
> Instruments for VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)
> Imported Golf Cars
> Gold bars
What becomes Cheaper?
> Solar lamp
> Router, broadband modems and set top boxes, Digital video recorder and CCTV cameras
> Hybrid electric vehicles
> Sterilised dialyser
> Low cost houses with less than 60 sq mt carpet area
> Hiring of folk artists for performance
> Refrigerated containers
> Pension plans
> Microwave ovens
> Sanitary pads
> Braille paper.
Overall, I would have to say I’m pretty okay with the above mentioned. We Indians are in love with words like FREE and CHEAP..though not too much becomes cheaper after the budget but I guess…anything we get cheaper, we’ll take it. Its like, if I bought a pair of sandals for 250 before and now I can get it for 190..I have still saved Rs. 60/-, still makes the average Indian very happy 🙂 Sanitary pads become cheaper too..so that’s a yay! from the girls I guess.
Not every Indian can afford a car or air travel or branded garments..so that getting more expensive, I think is good, besides people are flaunting their wealth way too much these days and that’s getting increasingly irritating.
As for me, I don’t eat out nor do I purchase lottery tickets or smoke cigarettes 🙂 so really, I have no complaints. Sometimes leading the simple life helps…
This budget is certainly very Savio-friendly 🙂