Citizen Ideas reflected in the Union Budget 2016-17

29 Feb 2016


The Ministry of Finance invited citizen suggestions for the Union budget 2016 on MyGov through a public discussion. Several of these responses have been reflected in the budget presented by Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley on Monday, 29th February 2016.

MyGov acknowledges all the citizens who participated in this discussion. Some of prominent ideas are as follows:-

  • Suggestion 1: Urban Amenities in Rural Areas

“Just like Smart Cities, allocate some fund for developing Rural Clusters and provide them urban facilities (Electricity through Solar Panel, irrigation through Solar Pumps etc.) by involving the Sarpanch directly.” – Manish Shankaram, Hazaribag

Government Budget Proposal

“300 Rurban Clusters will be developed under the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission launched by the Honourable Prime Minister recently. These Clusters will incubate growth centres in rural areas by providing infrastructure amenities and market access for the farmers.”


  • Suggestion 2 : Expanding the Scope of Organic Farming

“Allocation of fund for agricultural research on sustainable farming, organic agriculture, large scale production of organic manures, soil management techniques, to cope with increasing demand, and scope of exporting organic farm produce globally” – Dolagobinda Panda

Government Budget Proposal

“At least 5 lakh farm ponds and dug wells in rain fed areas and 10 lakh compost pits for production of organic manure will be taken up by making productive use of the allocations under MGNREGA.”


  • Suggestion 3: Welfare Programme for Animal Husbandry

“Introduce animal insurance policy similar to that for people. This policy will make income for the government, provide employment for animal doctors & insurance staff and benefit the animal owners” – Nirav Sheth

Government Budget Proposal

Pashudhan Sanjivani , an animal wellness programme and provision of Animal Health Cards (‘Nakul Swasthya Patra’)”


  • Suggestion 4:  Introducing Special Agricultural Cess

“Introduce special Agricultural Cess, similar to the Educational Cess, on products like plastic bags, tyres, etc., and use this amount for providing agricultural subsidies to farmers and encouraging corporate farming.”- Sabari

Government Budget Proposal

“Special focus has been given to ensure adequate and timely flow of credit to the farmers.”


  • Suggestion 5: Direct Benefit Transfer for Fertilizers

“Provide Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT) on Fertilizers”- Mukesh Bhaiji, Bangalore

Government Budget Proposal

“We propose to introduce DBT on pilot basis for fertilizer in a few districts across the country, with a view to improving the quality of service delivery to farmers.”


  • Suggestion 6: Creating Separate Irrigation Fund

“Agriculture sector must be reformed and more funds for irrigation must be provided to free agriculture from monsoon dependency ”- Sunil Raj, Thiruvananthapuram

Government Budget Proposal

“A dedicated Long Term Irrigation Fund will be created in NABARD with an initial corpus of about `20,000 crore.”

  • Suggestion 7:  Introducing “Gram Swarajya” Scheme

“Announce Gandhi Grama Swarajya scheme (GGSS): Under this scheme, every district in every village needs to locally produce clothes for children, provide textile machinery training in every village and promote indigenously produced clothes. Villagers can also sell these garments in the cities.”-  Vijay Narayana Chilaka, Himayathnagar

Government Budget Proposal

“Panchayat Raj Institutions need to develop governance capabilities to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. It is, therefore, proposed to launch a new restructured scheme, namely, Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, for which 655 crore is being set apart in 2016-17.”


  • Suggestion 8: Initiating Open Online Courses

“Establish an all India open university which takes nominal fees or awards free courses to everyone. Furthermore, there can be an online repository of videos of quality courses with an online self-assessment system.”-  Brijesh Ghodasara and Saurabh Kumar Verma

Government Budget Proposal

“Entrepreneurship Education and Training will be provided in 2200 colleges, 300 schools, and 500 Government ITIs and 50 Vocational Training Centres through Massive Open Online Courses.”


  • Suggestion 9: Price Stabilisation Fund for Pulses

“Set up a ‘Permanent Price Stabilisation Fund’ to check unreasonable hikes in prices of essential commodities, including pulses, foodgrains, vegetables, etc. Weekly monitoring can be done to control hoarding activities”-  Rajkaran Singh Bhatti, Chandigarh

Government Budget Proposal

“Government has approved creation of buffer stock of pulses through procurement at Minimum Support Price and at market price through Price Stabilisation Fund.”


  • Suggestion 10: Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat

“Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme formulated through the citizen ideas on MyGov finds mention in the Union Budget 2016-17.”

Government Budget Proposal

“Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” programme will be launched to link States and Districts in an annual programme that connects people through exchanges in areas of language, trade, culture, travel and tourism.”

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  • Rohit Bohra - 6 years ago

    Taxation on PF is bad
    – Compulsory with no employee exit option
    – TAxation on entire corpus is double taxation- 80C gets over majorly by school fees alone and prinicipal repayment of house…so taxed income is again now taxed at maturity
    – You should tax only on the accrued gains and not the investment itself – Compare with 5yr TD – where only gains are taxed..not the investment itself
    – this move might lead to decrease in retirement savings which might be bad for country like ours !!!

  • Vimal Awasthi - 6 years ago

    This budget is widely seen as putting up more pressure on the salaried class people having fixed source of income. The worst step is to tax the PF withdrawals (nothing can be more dampening). It is to be noted that Superannuation benefits are used by employees to carry out the most important tasks of life (like marriage of children, making home, buying vehicle). This is really pessimistic step for salaried employees. This is hurting the emotions of employees. Please withdraw this provision.

  • kausstub c s - 6 years ago

    We always see fm pm interacting with ficci ,cii, industrialists,foriegn investors,etc. Why not ficci type organization for farmers,give rewards to the best,recognize innovations every year on a platform and let it be televised.Target and implement what you have said in budget. Give quarterly reports to citizens.

  • kausstub c s - 6 years ago

    Good for farmers and poor, but what a let down for neo and middle class who voted for this government. Tax on pf .no change on tax slabs are clear signs of arrogance of jaitely.Remember this is what yashwant sinha did the govt was defeated in 2004.Modiji wake up ,keep your promise dont deviate,you will be decimated in this elections,hope you will realise this by 2017 budget.Raise the slabs to 5 lacs in coming years and lay a road map or else you will be history

  • Ankit Singh_157 - 6 years ago

    I would like to say that this is the Budget for Bharat, this is addressing the farmers of India which are the backbone of our country.
    However, I am a salaried person and I have only one complaint with this budget – The taxing of PPF/EPF withdrawls. I have no objection of not raising the tax slabs, but the money that we are investing in PPF will attract the tax which we used for marriages of children or for their higher education.
    Please look into this request.


  • PANKAJ SETHI_4 - 6 years ago

    Sir, the budget is indeed great. However the taxation on Employee Provident Fund may be reconsidered as it will lead to double taxation as the scheme was not EEE but TEE for savings above 80 C limit for most employees and has now become TET. Double taxation of retirement savings will adversely affect persons without pensionable service benefits

  • GOVIND KUMAR - 6 years ago

    Dear sir,
    I had also submitted an idea under "Inviting innovative ideas and suggestions on tax policy and administration", about Limited tax compliance window for declaring undisclosed income at 45% incl. surcharge and penalties five months ago but no recognition.

    Govind Kumar

  • nishesh shukla - 6 years ago

    Tax on epf is very much objectionable.why bjp government proves against service class.please be sympathic to this group also.service class may loose feeling towards bjp goverment

  • Daya Sagar - 6 years ago

    1. Majority of citizens have no social support like pension with 119 % DA for govt empolye $ support from assets.Sr citizens be given concession in for Tatkal booking also& some refund on cancellation.
    2.Waitlist cancellation charges should not be more than Rs.25 per ticket.It is unfair to deduct service tax on cancelled WL Tkt.
    3. Mamta Ji planned for NIR @ Rs.8/bottle bu today sold @Rs.15 to 20/bottle. Drinking water?
    PRABHU JI take care & incorporate.

  • P A Cariappa - 6 years ago

    Dear Sir,
    I am P A cariappa, the " Union Budget", 2016-17, is a remarkable one, and my
    ideas were also been included , and expanding the " Scope for Organic farming, and
    urbanization of " Rural areas, is wonderful concept.

    P A Cariappa.

    • Vimal Awasthi - 6 years ago

      Agree that overall budget is on a positive note but please don’t demotivate your true tax payers i.e. salaried class.
      I am supporter of the steps being taken by government but it is really hard to understand and explain taxing OF PF withdrawals.These People have already started losing the confidence in the government. I am commenting right from the heart those employees. Not even single employee appraised your Budget. Its not too late. Action may be taken to rectify this.

    • Jayesh Sheth - 6 years ago

      Dear Sir,
      This budget is very good for poor and agriculture sector. But there is a need to put tax on agriculture income of more than Rs 3 lakhs because poor kisan does not earn that much and benefits goes to wealthy people to adjust their black money from other source.