Subsidy outlay increases by 13.32% in Budget
The Modi government has allocated Rs 3,01,694 crore for subsidy on three major components -- food, fertiliser and petroleum -- in Budget 2019-20, which is 13.32 per cent higher than the Budget (Revised) 2018-19.
Rs 1,84,220 crore has been allocated for food subsidy this financial year as against Rs 1,71,298 crore in 2018-19.
The food subsidy covers assistance to state agencies under the National Food Security Act.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who presented Budget 2019-20, has earmarked Rs 79,996 crore for fertiliser subsidy this year. Last year, it was Rs 70,086 crore.
The subsidy applies to the payment of indigenous urea, indigenous P and K fertilizers, freight charges, and Direct Benefit Transfer.
The outlay for petroleum has been increased to Rs 37,478 crore in this budget from Rs 28,394 crore in last year's budget.IANS