Promises and Priorities - An Analysis of Union Budget (2019-20) -CBGA

-Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA)

Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) brings out a draft version of this publication within 24 hours of the presentation of Union Budget in Parliament every year. The objective of this publication is to facilitate an informed discussion on the Union Budget, particularly around social sectors, agriculture, employment and vulnerable sections of the population.

2019 being the general election year, our Parliament witnessed two Budget Sessions in a span of six months. The Interim Budget was presented on 1st of February this year and the newly elected government has presented the main Union Budget for 2019-20 on 5th of July. Immediately after the Interim Budget, CBGA had published a comprehensive analysis, titled, “Numbers That Count”, focusing on social sectors, agriculture, employment, vulnerable sections of the population and tax progressivity during the 5-year term of the government.

This publication presents a succinct analysis of the priories in the (main) Union Budget 2019-20 vis-à-vis some of the key promises of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which now has a huge majority in Parliament and is governing the country along with other constituents of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), and a host of important socio-economic development issues that need to be addressed through fiscal interventions.

We have focused on social sectors (such as education, health, drinking water and sanitation, nutrition and food security etc.), agriculture, employment and the responsiveness of the Budget towards the vulnerable sections of the population (such as women, children, dalits, adivasis, religious minorities and persons with disabilities).

The publication is shared widely with important stakeholders across the spectrum. We hope it would help deepen the public discourse on Union Budget.

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Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA), July 2019,

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