The significant progress with many sustainable development goals has increased the Indian economy size from 10th biggest to 5th biggest in last 9 years. The Government has taken several encouraging steps to boost the infrastructure and transportation industry. Logistics, infrastructure, and transportation is the future of our country. This year’s budget has shown the government’s commitment to the logistics and infrastructure sector. This highlights India’s futuristic growth and commitment to elements like the Data Governance Policy, Centres of Excellence on AI, Green Growth, and the conventional thrust areas of infrastructure have also received a big boost. Though the Union Budget 2023 did not provide much specific attention to the logistics and transportation sector. However, the government did announce various initiatives aimed at improving the overall infrastructure of the country, which could have a positive impact on the logistics industry. These initiatives include the allocation of ₹1.97 trillion for infrastructure development, plans to build new airports and modernize existing ones, and investments in the development of the National Highways network. Additionally, the government’s focus on increasing the use of technology in various sectors, including transportation, could also benefit the logistics industry. However, the industry has called for specific measures, such as tax incentives and investment in technology, to boost its growth and competitiveness.”
Quote from Mahesh Viswanathan, CFO – Finolex Cables Ltd
“The Union Budget 2023-24 is forward-looking and positive. It reflects continuity in capital expenditure, which will mean increased growth potential and job creation. The government’s focus on the completion of the rollout of 5G services will increase application possibilities in several fields and this will create a high impact on the demand for communication cables and provide opportunities for companies operating in this sector. Additionally, the government’s focus on the electronics manufacturing sector, through incentives and tax benefits, is expected to boost the production of electronic devices, further increasing demand for communication cables. The budget also focuses on enhancing the ease of doing business where more than 39,000 compliances have been reduced. This is a welcome move for all the operating businesses. The revision of income tax slabs will leave more disposable incomes in hand which will boost the consumer durables sector. Overall, the Union Budget 2023 presents opportunities for the communication cables industry, but the ultimate impact will depend on various factors, such as the implementation of the budget’s proposals and market conditions.”
Quote from Mr. Ramesh Doraiswami, Managing Director & CEO, National Bulk Handling Corporation (NBHC)
“ The Union Budget 2023-24 proposes a continued focus on the key areas of improving farmgate infrastructure and promoting the use of technology to improve farm incomes. The creation of Digital Public Infrastructure for Agriculture is commendable as it will be an open source of information services for crop planning and health, improved access to farm inputs, credit, and insurance & market intelligence, which today are not available readily to farmers thereby limiting their income. The announcement of the Agriculture Accelerator Fund to promote rural entrepreneurship focussed on agriculture is another welcome step. It will be interesting to see the details of this fund since it could also stimulate rural employment. In the “International Year of the Millet”, the announcement to make IIMR Hyderabad a global centre of excellence of millets is a big step forward as well. Overall, the budget presents a positive outlook for the agriculture sector and is likely to have a positive impact on the growth of agri-tech companies.”
Quote from Paavan Nanda, Co-Founder, WinZO games
“It’s heartening to witness TDS for Online Gaming finding significant mention in this year’s Union budget presented by the Hon’ble Minister. The proposed changes lend clarity to the Gaming companies, while creating an airtight accounting system for the exchequer. Aligning it with a player’s Net Winnings in a Financial Year seems like a just provision for the 500MM online gamers in India. Recognising and carving out a separate clause in the act for ‘Online Gaming’ as against gambling or betting is in line with Meity’s recent draft amendment to IT rules for Online Gaming, and is a testimony to the government’s genuine intent to nurture the burgeoning sector. The single most important aspect that the sector awaits clarity on and something that would decide its fate is the outcome from GoM on the GST. We are hopeful that the outcome would retain the current 18% tax slab on gross gaming commissions, and promise to overachieve the $10Trillion economy goal by our Hon’ble Prime Minister well before 2030”.
Quote from Mr. Nirav Dalal, Executive Vice President- Business Development and Chief Investment Officer, Shapoorji Pallonji Real Estate
“We welcome the measures announced by Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in the Union Budget 2023–24, which indirectly aims to boost the real estate sector’s growth while also providing relief to consumers. The proposed increase in the income tax exemption limit to Rs 7 lakh will help boost real estate investment. This tax break will encourage homebuyers to invest more while simultaneously increasing revenue. Meeting the long-standing demand of the real estate sector, the cap deduction for capital gains on residential housing investment is set at INR 10 crore, which will undoubtedly benefit the real estate industry. As one of the important measures to support the market, there has been a 66% increase in the allocation to 79,000 crores in the Affordable Housing Fund (PMAY). The budget also has an emphasis on developing smart cities. The budget has allocated the Urban Infrastructure Development Fund (UIDF), which will be managed by the National Housing Bank and will be used by public agencies to create urban infrastructure in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. The infrastructural development in these untapped markets will help the development of real estate here.”
POST -BUDGET QUOTE from Mr. LVLN Murty, CEO, Dvara KGFS
“I congratulate the government for presenting an inclusive budget and underlining the fact that MSMEs are the growth engines of our economy. We welcome the move to enhance turnover limits to Rs 3 crores and Rs 75 lakh respectively for micro enterprises and certain category of MSME professionals to be eligible for presumptive taxation. The Finance Minister’s announcement about a revamped credit guarantee for MSMEs effective from April 1st, 2023, through infusion of Rs 9000 Crore in the corpus is sure to help the ecosystem and open up more credit lines for MSMEs. This will also help NBFCs to bring cost-effective credit underwritings, especially for small borrowers and help to conclude end-to-end digital processing efficiently with standard checks and balances with shorter turnaround time. Focus on sector specific skilling and entrepreneurship development will help rural women gain financial independence. Rural women will stand benefitted if more awareness is created about the opportunities available and about the schemes of the government to support them. Simplification of KYC and making PAN the single identifier for all financial transactions will also help NBFCs like ours to push for financial inclusion across our rural markets.”
Budget quote from Mr. Sudhir Pai, CEO Magicbricks.
“The Union Budget 2023 is a bonanza for affordable housing, with the strategic decision to increase outlay for Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) by 66%! This decision provides the much-needed impetus towards the vision of “Housing for all”. Further, with a 33% increment in infrastructure outlay, the Government is facilitating economic growth through job creation and investments which have direct and indirect impact on the real-estate sector. It is also heartening to see that the government is maintaining its focus on furthering urbanization initiatives, especially with the outlay of INR 10,000 crores per annum for an Urban Infrastructure Development Fund (UIDF) for tier 2 and tier 3 cities. This would certainly give the required boost to the real-estate markets in these cities, which have emerged as real estate growth engines in the past few years. 2022 saw a year-on-year increase in residential demand in cities like Bhubaneswar (12%), Coimbatore (27%), Jaipur (5%), and Nagpur (66%), amongst others, and this initiative will further elevate the livability index and appeal of these cities. Overall, the Union Budget is definitely positive and growth oriented for the real-estate sector”.
Union Budget 202 Reaction by Mr. Vighnesh Shahane, MD & CEO, Ageas Federal Life Insurance
In today’s Union Budget, the government has announced that from April 1st onwards, income from life insurance policies (other than ULIPs), with an aggregate premium amount of Rs. 5 lakh p.a. or more, which was earlier tax-free will now be taxable. However, in case of the unfortunate death of the insured person, the death benefit will continue to remain tax-free.
This move is similar to the proposal introduced by the government a couple of years ago which imposed tax on the maturity amount of ULIPs if the aggregate premium exceeded Rs. 2.5 lakh p.a.
This proposal is likely to dent the sales of non-par products which has been witnessing strong growth over the last few years, especially during the pandemic. As the cap of Rs. 5 lakhs is applicable for all life insurance policies across insurers, it may deter individuals from purchasing additional policies if they have exhausted their limit with their primary insurer.
Post-Budget reaction quote from Mr. R Jeswant, Funskool India Ltd.
“The increase in basic Duty on Toys and parts of Toys (other than parts of electronic toys) to 70% is a boost to Domestic Manufacturers and will help in India developing into a manufacturing hub for toys, as envisaged by our Prime Minister”, said Mr. R Jeswant, CEO of Funskool India Ltd.
Budget reactions from Ms. Richa Singh, Co-Founder & CEO, YourDOST
As a healthcare industry stakeholder, I have mixed feelings about the Union Budget. Although several initiatives in the budget are laudable and oriented towards the vision of accelerating holistic growth, it does not hold a similar promise to the wellbeing industry.
While the establishment of nursing colleges sits on major potential for skilling the next generation of medical professionals, a similar commitment to the wellbeing industry has been overlooked. The previous budget justly recognized the growing significance of mental health today. Building on that momentum, additional incentives in the sphere would have accelerated the due importance that mental health and wellbeing deserves today.
Reaction by Venkatram Mamillapalle, Country CEO & Managing Director, Renault India
“Union Budget brings cheers to the automobile industry as it will positively give push to sales
The budget has laid special emphasis on the Vehicle Scrappage Policy which will not only boost the sales but will also enable in achieving clean and green environment for overall sustainable development. Additional, funds infusion in the scrappage policy is a remarkable step and is in the right direction to achieve India’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2070. This policy would eventually help the entire eco-system of automotive industry as this will translate into growing orderbooks of OEMs, increased output and job creation.
Another significant announcement made by the government on the customs duty exemption being extended to capital goods and machinery required for the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries used in EVs. This step is a boost for companies that are / would be manufacturing electric vehicles locally as it will help reduce the cost of EVs.
The automobile industry will witness an increase in sales with the introduction of new tax rebate limit on personal income which has been raised from INR 5 lacs per annum to INR 7lacs per annum. This step is likely to help the sector as more disposable income with salaried customers may give supplementary push to demand for personal vehicles.” The contents of this email and any attachments are confidential to Dentsu International Limited, its affiliated companies and the intended recipient(s) and may also be attorney-client privileged or otherwise protected by work product immunity or other legal rules. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of or taking action in reliance upon this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient(s) is prohibited. If you have received this email in error please contact the sender and delete the material from any computer.