Indian property market expert analyses India Budget 2018 to see what it has in store for the sector. The stakes were high for the government, which steam-rolled its way through demonetisation, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Real Estate Regulation Authority (RERA). For a central government that looked steadfast on its way without compromise, irrespective of the Budget that they presented, it was expected that the Budget would be directed at the 2019 elections. So throwing caution to the wind, the key policy announcement for the year seems to have done just that. Might as well get accused of being populist, seems to have been the attitude. That being said, have we considered that this might actually be a watershed budget, if implemented in good faith As the budget was being announced on February 1 by the Finance Minister of India, Arun Jaitely, the most common cry was that agriculture was getting the maximum attention, and then came the cry that healthcare for the masses was completely unthought-of fiscally - where would the government find the funds. Some even accused the Budget of being an Aam Aadmi Party (APP) statement presented by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). But if one considers some of the wise voices, it is a Budget directed at the heart of reforms - agriculture, healthcare for millions of Indians, education and job creation - especially rural job creation. This combined with a push for infrastructure investments that would create jobs in rural India, the key impact would be felt not just in companies that were linked to rural infrastructure but companies that supplied goods to these infrastructure companies. And a possible shot at slowing down the growth in urban areas, which is crumbling under the influx of economic migrants.