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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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  • kartik mittal_3 - 4 years ago

    There must be no diversity in education. Same education or courses must be taught to the all students of country.Same course and same medium(English) in all the school of India. H.R.D must be concern about it.

  • RATNAKAR SHETTY - 4 years ago

    Dear PM and FM Sirs
    Good budget over all. However one thing is very badly reflected among the salaried employees. whole India know that only salaried pay the income tax honestly, regularly and willfully without any kind of hidden facts. However taxing the 60% of EPF is very much disturbed all employees who are everywhere targeted all the time. EPF is the only income saved though out life for our Children’s marriages or our old age expenditures.Request you to spare us n roll back without taxing

  • Dinesh Kumar - 4 years ago

    very happy to see your budget focus on farmers/agriculture industry.
    However TAX on PF savings is HIGHLY discouraging keeping below
    – Being in private sector we have no job security
    – We have no retirement benefit like Pension/Medical Insurance etc
    – We pay HUGE tax during our employment, but have no support when we become jobless over night.
    – We rely on our PF saving for our Marriage, Home, Kids education and their Marriage.
    So please re-consider this.
    A well wisher.

  • AJAY KUMAR - 4 years ago

    I am fan of this government but tax on PF withdraw is a very shocking decision,i am very disappointed with this.This is a old basic scheme for all for their retirement planning. Now where can a person save his hard earned money for retirement? Please review this decision.

  • Aniruddha Acharya - 4 years ago

    Dear Sir,
    AS A FEEDBACK-The budget presented by Finance Minister IS NOT AT ALL in favor of salaried employees youth group.Any kind of taxation on EPF or its interest is like taxing a person two times.I am sorry to say whoever helped to draft this clause is a fool.If at all you wanted, you could have removed subsidies from the member of parliament,why give subsidized facilities to them at all,all of them are rich enough.Please make it easier for us live and not difficult to survive. JAI HIND!

  • AMAR TANDON - 4 years ago

    Nothing has been said about MSP as opposition is blaming but there is no need of
    saying any thing about it as Steps are being taken to reduce the cost of food grain production in three ways. 1. by reducing the cost of input ( electricity, seeds, fertilizers etc) 2. by increasing the production per unit of land ( By irrigation and organic fertilizers soil testing etc). 3. Providing market facility and transport facility ( E-commerce better and more roads etc) MSP/Cost will become more than 2

  • AMAR TANDON - 4 years ago

    PM acted as he declared in past four public meetings national economy means
    Agriculture_____Manufacturing________Services. All the three have been touched on priority. This will improve the production creation of job and GDP will increase three fold

  • AMAR TANDON - 4 years ago


  • Tarun Jain_21 - 4 years ago

    What has been done with EPF just to make NPS popular is ridiculous. I have lost faith in Arun Jaitley that he can deliver good to middle class. EPF was supposed to be you retirement savign which you can use for task related to family at your retirement time and Arun Jailey has taken that away from us. BJP has lost middle class. It would be tough to select a party in 2019. Congress is worse. I hope AAP does something good and give us alternative.

  • Vishvesh Bhatt - 4 years ago

    Dear Sir,

    Yesterday our Finance Minister delivered a great budget. However, the proposal for taxing of withdrawal from Provident Fund, (a trusted financial security)may impact the people at large. This many not be the right platform to discuss the same but thought to bring it your kind notice.