no mention in the speech, and all that one has is this somewhat cryptic sentence in the 'Budget Highlights' document that comes with the budget papers.
Here's what it says, 'Uniform tax treatment for pension fund and mutual fund linked retirement plan'. Pension fund here means the National Pension System (NPS). What this means is that mutual funds can now introduce 'retirement plans' of their existing schemes, and these will be eligible for the same concessions as investments in the NPS.
While the fine print is yet to be announced, this means that investors can now invest an additional Rs 1 lakh in these retirement plans which will get them exemption under section 80CCD. These are retirement savings and so will be locked-in till retirement age. This opens up a channel for investors' long-term money to earn equity returns.
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Budget 2014: Arun Jaitley's maiden Budget is more than a sum of its parts, says Dhirendra Kumar - The Economic Times