Budget 2023 Expectations Highlights: The Union Budget for financial year 2023-2024 is set to be presented in the Parliament by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1. This is the Finance Minister's fifth straight Budget speech and like the previous two will shirk the paper format for digital medium. Notably, this is also the last full Indian Budget before the General Elections in 2024. Most experts believe Budget 2023 will take a balanced approach towards fiscal consolidation
and economic growth while focusing more on capital expenditure on infrastructure (including defence, railway, roads, etc.), widening production-linked incentive schemes for more sectors, boosting rural demand and divestment targets. Any tweak to capital gains tax or its tenure structure would also be keenly watched by the Street.