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Budget 2016 strategy/top focus derived from Citizen Inputs

• Took collective inputs from 200,000 strong citizen community

• Infrastructure investment was #1 priority from citizens

• Roads and Irrigation were top investment areas suggested by citizens

o 54% citizens wanted most investment in Roads, 32% citizens in irrigation

• However no relief on minimum tax and medical exemption limits

• Key citizen inputs taken in areas of agriculture, skill development, tax reforms, health, etc

LocalCircles (www.localcircles.com), India’s largest citizen engagement platform today announced that the Government of India effectively utilized collective citizen inputs from 200,000 citizens on Budget 2016 in determining the strategy and priority areas for Budget 2016.

In a series of polls that were conducted by LocalCircles ahead of the budget, over 200,000 citizens participated in the budget prioritization exercise from over 300 cities and over 100,000 unique votes were received on the various budget questions.

In addition to the budget priorities qualitative recommendations were made in areas of agriculture, skill development, tax reforms, health etc. Below summarizes the recommendations made and what’s been accepted:

Below is a summary of collective citizen recommendations that played a role in Budget 2016:

Top Strategy for Budget 2016 Poll

Top Infrastructure Area for Investment from Citizens via Budget 2016

2nd Infrastructure Area for Investment from Citizens via Budget 2016

While inputs were effectively utilized in the area of Budget Strategy and Focus, citizen demands on Income Tax exemptions were not met. Below is a summary of the key collective asks that did not find place In Budget 2016.

46% citizens wanted Minimum Exemption Limit for Income Tax to be increased significantly

44% citizens wanted increase in Medical Exemption Limit of Rs 15,000/year

About LocalCircles

LocalCircles is India’s leading citizen engagement platform that connects citizens at local, city and national level to participate in governance and make their urban life better. LocalCircles has more than 1,000,000 citizens connected on it across the country. All data and poll results are an exclusive copyright of LocalCircles so please give due credit.

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