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Nothing Much for MSMEs in Union Budget: IIA

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Indian Industries Association (IIA) organized budget viewing and discussions sessions at all its chapters in U.P., Uttrakhand & Delhi starting at 11.00AM. President IIA Mr. Sunil Vaish joined the discussions in Kanpur and General Secretary Mr. K.K. Agrawal was present in IIA Head Office in Lucknow.

After listing to the Budget Speech President IIA Mr. Sunil Vaish said that though lot of measures has been taken for the poor & the formers in the Budget yet there is very little for MSME Sector to gain out of this Budget.

Hon’ble Finance Minister in last year’s Budget Speech committed that the Corporate Tax will be reduced in a phased manner and it was reduce to 25 % for the small business having  turnover upto Rs. 50 Crores. We were expecting further reduction in the Corporate Tax for MSME Sector in this budget, however the benefit in this Budget is extended to larger business having turnover upto Rs. 250 Crores. President IIA further said that though it has been announced that Bank loans to MSMEs will be sanctioned online yet the MSME Sector is doubtful of the attitudes of the Bankers towards MSMEs keeping in view the past experiences. Moreover, the online systems are not reliable at present as is being experienced in the case of GST. Even today the reports are pouring in from various chapters of IIA that the online E-Way bill system introduced today is not operational properly. Announcements for setting up Mega Food Park & incentives for the Apparel & Leather sector will provide some boost to the MSME Sector said Mr Sunil Vaish.

General Secretary IIA, Mr. K.K. Agrawal said that though there is nothing for MSME Sector in the Budget yet overall it is a balanced Budget if we look at all the sectors combined together. The announcement of fixing the minimum support prize for the former at 1.5 times compared to the cost of production will certainly improved the conditions for the farmers which will generate demand and will indirectly help the MSME Sector. It would have been better if Hon’ble Finance Minister could have announced similar relief to the MSME Sector in Govt. Purchases.

Shri Sanjay Kaul, Chairman Banking & Taxation Committee of IIA who was present in the discussions in Lucknow said that he is apprehensive about the success of online loan sanctioning by the Banks. With his Budget and keeping in view the current overall business environment available for the MSME Sector, the number of NPAs in MSME Sector will go up said Mr. Sanjay Kaul.

Mr. Manmohan Agarwal, Vice President IIA, who was also present in the discussion in Lucknow said that the emphasis on Road & Health infrastructure and improvement in the quality of the Education system will indirectly help MSME Sector.

Mr. G.C. Chaturvedi, Former President IIA applauded the measures announced for the welfare of Senior Citizens as well as reimbursement of the wages upto extent of 12% of the wages for New Employees employed in MSMEs.

Mr. Praveen Chandra, Former Chairman IIA Lucknow Chapter welcomed the increase in the custom duties for certain electronics items. This will help the domestic electronic industry Mr. Chandra said. He also said that bill discounting portal will help in solving the problem of delayed payments of MSMEs.

Mr. Awadesh Agarwal, Chairman Energy Committee of IIA said that announcement of opening atleast  one Medical Colleges in every two parliamentary constituency is a welcome step, however he also felt that there is nothing  much for MSME in the Budget.

Other key businessmen & professionals who took part in the budget viewing & discussion session at IIA head Office, Lucknow were Mr. V.K. Agarwal, Mr. Ashok Seth, Mr. Pankaj Agarwal, Mr. Mahendra Agarwal, Mr. A.K. Soti, Mr. A.K. Agarwal, Mr. Praveen Kumar.

Faiz Askari

Faiz is a mediapreneur specialised in Small Business and Technology domain.

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