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Interim Budget 2024: Key Highlights For Small Businesses

Interim Budget 2024: Key Highlights For Small Businesses

The recently presented budget has outlined a strategic roadmap for economic growth, placing special emphasis on sectors crucial for the prosperity of the nation. Let’s delve into the key highlights that promise to shape the trajectory of the development of small businesses in the coming years.

1. VIKSIT BHARAT by 2047: A Vision for Inclusive Growth

The budget strongly prioritizes Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), recognizing their significant role in driving economic growth. More notably, it charts a path for “VIKSIT BHARAT” by 2047, placing a spotlight on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. ‘Viksit Bharat’ envisions a prosperous nation in harmony with nature, boasting modern infrastructure and providing opportunities for all citizens. The focus on inclusive growth strategies is evident, targeting the ‘Garib’ (poor), ‘Mahilayen’ (women), ‘Yuva’ (youth), and ‘Annadata’ (farmers). Strengthening these pillars is identified as a crucial aspect of realizing the vision of a “Viksit Bharat” and improving the quality of life for its citizens.

2. Lakhpati Didi Scheme: Empowering Women Through Entrepreneurship

The Finance Minister expressed a bullish stance on women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship. The introduction of the “Lakhpati Didi Scheme” underscores the commitment to women’s progress. This initiative focuses on skill development, education, and financial assistance, with the ambitious goal of benefiting 3 crore women.

3. PM Vishwakarma Yojana: Boosting Artisans and Craftsmen

The “PM Vishwakarma Yojana” takes center stage, offering end-to-end support to artisans and craftsmen engaged in 18 trades. The provision of low-interest-rate loans aims to enhance their access to capital, fostering growth and sustainability for these entrepreneurs.

4. Catalyzing Growth in MSMEs and Agriculture

Encouraging both private and public investment in aggregation, modern storage, efficient supply chains, and marketing and branding, the budget paves the way for the growth of MSMEs and farmers. This approach not only enables them to expand but also injects more capital and technology into these vital sectors.

5. Empowering Women Entrepreneurs with Mudra Yojana Loans

The budgetary provision for 300 million Mudra Yojana loans specifically for women entrepreneurs signals a significant move towards elevating women entrepreneurship and fostering a robust startup ecosystem.

6. Comprehensive Support for Dairy Farmers

Recognizing India as the world’s largest milk producer with low productivity, the budget outlines a comprehensive program for supporting dairy farmers. Building on the success of existing schemes such as Rashtriya Gokul Mission and National Livestock Mission, this initiative aims to enhance productivity through infrastructure development funds for dairy processing and animal husbandry.

7. Boosting Tourism: Infrastructure Investment for Spiritual Tourism

A higher allocation to tourism, coupled with long-term interest-free loans to states for developing infrastructure at key destinations, especially religious centers, is expected to have a multiplier effect. This move is anticipated to create job opportunities at the local level and provide a significant boost to both domestic and inbound tourism.

8. Fiscal Discipline and Continuity: A Strong Foundation for Growth

In summary, the interim budget underscores the importance of maintaining continuity and fiscal discipline. It places a strategic focus on infrastructure and rural development, laying a robust foundation for “Viksit Bharat” coupled with sustained economic growth. The outlined measures aim to propel the nation towards prosperity, inclusivity, and sustained development.

 

Author

Sudhir Gijare

With over 40 years of experience in industrial finance, risk management, and credit management, Sudhir Gijare is a seasoned expert in financial and cash flow management. His expertise also extends to high-value stress assets management, import/export, and foreign exchange management. During his tenure at State Bank of India (SBI), he spearheaded the launch of the first online vendor finance portal, revolutionizing credit assessment and management. His objective is to mentor entrepreneurs, assess their techno-economic viability, and prepare comprehensive project reports to facilitate appropriate funding arrangements for SMEs.

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