The banking sector found Budget 2024 to be of no significant consequence.

The Finance Minister has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to reducing the fiscal deficit and promoting fiscal consolidation in the coming years. This is welcome news for monetary policymakers who have been struggling to balance inflation and growth. The Budget also announced long-term interest-free loans for iconic tourist centers, providing a boost to the tourism sector.

However, the banking sector did not see any major announcements in the Budget, with no mention of fresh capitalization for state-run banks or the long-awaited privatization plan. Instead, the focus was on promoting innovation and providing capital for smaller companies. A corpus of Rs 1 lakh crore will be established with 50-year interest-free loans to encourage the private sector to scale up innovation.

In addition, the Finance Minister announced a commitment to fiscal consolidation and reducing the fiscal deficit over the next few years. This is significant for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as it seeks to balance inflation and growth. The central bank has been urging the government to show fiscal commitment in order to effectively implement monetary policy.

The bond market reacted positively to the lower gross borrowing and fiscal deficit numbers, with Indian bond yields falling 8 basis points and the rupee remaining stable. This Budget has also proposed to raise the target for the Lakhpati Didi scheme to 3 crore, providing further support for women entrepreneurs.

Overall, while there were no major announcements for the banking sector, the Budget did provide some positive news for the tourism sector and showed a commitment to fiscal consolidation, which will have a positive impact on the economy as a whole.  

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