Economy firmly on revival path: Jaitley
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that Indian economy has emerged as one of the fastest growing economies in the world. India's GDP growth accelerated at 7.3 per cent in 2014-15 compared to 6.9 per cent growth in 2013-14 and 5.1 per cent in 2012-13, indicating that the economy is firmly on the path of economic revival, Jaitley said according to a Finance Ministry press release.
Jaitley's comments came during his opening remarks at his fourth Pre-Budget Consultative Meeting with the representatives of IT (Hardware & Software) Sector in New Delhi on January 7.
Highlighting the contribution and importance of IT sector, the Finance Minister said that the Government's 'Make in India” programme has included the electronic systems and IT & BPM (Business Process Management) sectors among the 25 key sectors. He said that the Governments recognizes this sector's potential and the Information Technology sector is a key pillar in various flagship initiatives like digital India, Make in India, Skill India as well as Start-up India among others.
The participants thanked the Government for the measures undertaken in the previous year which facilitated their market performance and enabled them to revive and improve their growth .They expressed full confidence in India being the next big player in the manufacturing field in the world. They further said that Manufacturing will be the major driving force of India's economic growth and they would be able to achieve the target of creating jobs.
Major recommendations by the industry included the continuance of measures to facilitate exports, facilitating ease of doing business, measures for simplifying and rationalizing tax procedures. Other suggestions included the provision of Place of Effective Management (POEM) to be deferred by couple of years as this short period can be a hurdle for industrial growth. There was also suggestion that the scope of POEM need to be rationalized and made applicable to overseas shell companies. It was also suggested that GST be implemented at the earliest.
On the proposal of sunset clause in case of SEZ companies, they sought extension of tax relief to the eligible development activities and the sales activities by a SEZ unit till March 2019, as it will be unfair to deny the tax benefits to such SEZ developers who have planned large investments in setting-up SEZ infrastructure.
Other suggestions included reduction of corporate tax, specific time bound policy to revive the mobile industry, incentive to pollution free industries and vehicles, TRIPS Plus (Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights ) commitment need to be relooked, directive to make all State and Inter-State duties and procedures online among others. There is also need to create duty differential benefits for Indian (IT hardware) manufacturers especially in case of mobile and tablets, they said.
It was also suggested to reduce Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) and utilization period under MAT be increased from 10 years to 15 years. (SH)
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