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Saurabh Gupta | 12 Dec, 2017
The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Monday holds his 6th Pre-Budget consultation meeting with stakeholders from Information Technology (IT) (both Hardware & Software groups) in New Delhi, the industry leaders seek help from the government against protectionist policies and also seek tax incentives for growth of the sector.

Jaitley said that to promote indigenous manufacturing of electronic goods, many steps have been taken by the present Government in last three years including rationalization of the tariff structure with extension of differential excise duty dispensation on specified electronic equipments and withdrawal of duty exemption etc.

The Finance Minister said that in the Union Budget 2017-18, with the aim of creating an eco-system to make India a global hub for electronics manufacturing, the allocation for incentive schemes like M-SIPS and EDF has been exponentially increased to Rs 745 crores. 

Along with the Union Finance Minister Jaitley, the Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting was also attended by the Minister of State, S.P Shukla, Dr. Hasmukh Adhia, Finance Secretary and other senior officers of the Ministry of Finance.

The IT sector representatives invited the attention of Minister to the fact that India's competence in IT-Software is recognized globally.

In recent times, software development and information technology enabled services (ITeS) including business process outsourcing (BPO)/ knowledge process outsourcing services (KPO) industry in India has emerged as one of the most dynamic and vibrant sectors in India's economy with huge employment potential.

They however pointed out that considering some recent protectionist and discriminatory policies followed by other countries, the IT sector would need Government's help at Policy level to ensure combat visa restrictions issues as also to ensure our economic interests.

Similar to steps taken in previous budget to promote indigenous manufacturing of electronic goods, more steps to include rationalization of the tariff structure with extension of differential excise duty dispensation to mobile handsets/ tablet computers and other specified electronic equipment, should be taken in the forthcoming budget for Promoting Broadband; Access for easier fund for Telecom;  Tax free Bond for Telecom; Lowering GST on Telecom services to 12 percent instead of 18 percent; BCD on all non ITA-1 products;  Depreciation benefits for Make in India; Promote components hub;  Keep Electronics Sector out of RCEP and increase import duty on Mobile handsets.

Stakeholders from IT Group who attended meeting included Sr. Vice President, Global Head Taxation Infosys, Renu Narvekar, Vice President, Global-Tax, TCS, R Chandrasekhar, President NASSCOM, Rajiv Agarwal, Vice Chairman, Telecom Equipment & Services Export, Prasad Garapati, Chairman Electronics and Computer Software Export and others.
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