Jaitley told the Lok Sabha while presenting the NDA government's first full budget that the budgetary estimates of expenditure for 2015-16 are pegged at Rs 17.77 lakh crore.

The finance minister further informed parliament that out of the budgetary estimates of expenditure for 2015-16 non-plan expenditure is pegged at Rs 13.12 lakh crore and planned expenditure is expected at Rs 4.65 lakh crore.

Jaitley further announced a reduction in corporate tax. He proposed to reduce the corporate tax from 30 percent to 25 percent over the next 4 years to be accompanied by reducing exemptions.

"This (reduction) will lead to higher level of growth, accompanied by elimination of exemptions, which lead to disputes," Jaitley said.

"High corporate tax with too many exceptions gives us worst of both worlds, we neither get revenues nor investments,” he said.

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