IT leaders welcome budget for creating digital infrastructure

Top IT industry leaders have welcomed the Budget 2021-22 presented by government focussing on domestic manufacturing, offering incentives for digital transformation and helping Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) thrive.
jio-for-studentsUnion Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has doubled the budget allocation for the MSME sector to Rs 15,700 crore from last year.

Ketan Patel, managing director of HP India Market, said that the announcement confirms government’s focus on developing infrastructure and skills which will have short and long term benefits to Indian economy and people.

“We welcome the doubled allocation for MSME sector which will incentivise digital transformation of our small businesses that are the backbone of our economy,” Ketan Patel said.

Rahul Agarwal, CEO and managing director of Lenovo, said the budget has managed to address some of the key issues around Atmanirbhar Bharat, education and Digital India.

“With the PLI scheme announced along with the increased focus on Make in India in this budget, we are confident that it will encourage local manufacturing, and further bolster the local PC market,” Rahul Agarwal added.

The budget introduced some ease of doing business measures ranging from taxation to investment to help boost the country’s economic activities and ensure job creation.

Nasscom said that while there have been steps taken such as incentivising incorporation of one-person companies and the extension of claiming tax holidays and capital gains for one more year, this was a perfect opportunity to do something disruptive for the sector, like extending the available tax holiday of three years to all start-ups registers under DPIIT, which would impact over 40,000 start-ups in the country.

The IT industry’s apex body suggested a bold policy concerning the Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

The tax holiday for new units has ended in March 2020. The government has provided 15 percent tax rate to attract new manufacturing. We have suggested this same 15 percent tax rate be offered to IT-ITES companies in SEZs subject to some employment and investment criteria, Nasscom said.

Hari Om Rai, CMD of Lava International, said that the government has given a clarion call to the industry with the announcement of creating global champions from India, and backing this strategy with new, development finance institution.

“Now the responsibility shifts to the industry to not only dream but dream big and stand together with the government to make the country progress from poverty to wealth over the next three decades, Hari Om Rai added.