Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from December 6, 2017

More incentives for exports focus on ease of trading

More incentives for exports focus on ease of trading Revised Foreign Trade Policy calls for move away from subsidies Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu on unveiled more incentives to boost labourand employment oriented merchandise and services exports while releasing the much awaited mid term review of the Foreign Trade Policy 201520. The annual incentive increased by 33.8 per cent or Rs 8,450 crore This financial year (FY18), it will be an additional incentive of Rs 2,816 crore.This will benefit leather, handicraft, carpets, sports goods, agriculture, marine, electronic components, and project exports in merchandise, and legal, accounting, architecture, and education in services. Exporters demanded the incentives be extended to other products as well since they were facing challenging times because of demonetisation last year and the goods and services tax (GST) rollout this year.The policy, however, cautioned exporters that the current WTO rules as well as those under negotiation envisage…

RBI policy meet begins decision on key rate today

RBI policy meet begins decision on key rate today Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel headed Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) started two day deliberations on Tuesday amid several experts saying that the central banki s unlikely to lower the key interest rate and will stay focused on controlling inflation The MP Cmeeting out come on Wednesday is being keenly awaited by all stakeholders, including the industry and stock markets. In its October review, the MPC had kept the benchmark interest rate unchanged on fear so frising inflation, while lowering growth forecast to 6.7 percent for FY18. The Business Standard, New Delhi, 6th December 2017

Services PMI contracts as GST hits demand

Services PMI contracts as GST hits demand Services, the biggest sector of the Indian economy, contracted in November because of the goods and service tax (GST) affecting demand, shows the widely tracked Nikkei purchasing managers´ index (PMI). The PMI fell to 48.5 points in November from 51.7 in the previous month.The November reading is the lowest since August A reading above 50 points denotes expansion and one below that is contraction.This implies that the country´s growth story will take time to pick up significantly after economic expansion did rise to 6.3 per cent in the second quarter, from 5.7 per cent in the first one. Even then, the Reserve Bank of India might not cut its policy rate on Wednesday because input prices are rising.However, the employment situation gave relief as jobs rose in the services sector.“Business under performance emanated from the GST, which contributed to sluggish demand andalower customer turnout, according to an ecdotal evidence,” said Aashna Dodhia, e…

GST data may be used to track income tax evaders

GST data may be used to track income tax evaders The government may be looking to use data obtained from Goods and Services Tax (GST) filings to track those who are escaping income-tax, two people close to the development said.The government is setting up a mechanism wherein data obtained through GST reporting could be correlated with the income-tax filings. While the project is still in the initial stage, the government wants to create a database whereby income of companies and their promoters could be matched with that of the tax returns filed, said a person in the know.It is still unclear whether the government would use this data to dig out tax evasions in the earlier years or whether this will only be for prospective tax scrutiny. Unlike the earlier tax regime, GST leaves a trail, especially for the business of size, and it becomes hard to underreport income or exaggerate expenses.Industry trackers said tax officers don’t have to go through the sea of data to make sense as big data …

Jaitley kicks off prebudget talks with unions and farmer groups

Jaitley kicks off prebudget talks with unions and farmer groups Finance minister Arun Jaitley met trade unions and farmers groups on Tuesday, starting the process of pre-Budget consultations with key stakeholders.Jaitley said to achieve the goal of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 there was need to improve storage and marketing facilities for agri produce so that farmers get better price, a statement issued by the finance ministry said. He said there was need for water conservation, incentivising agro processing and balanced use of fertilisers in order to ensure higher agriculture productivity.Farmers groups suggested that India has constantly pursued ‘Food Policy’ and Budget 2018-19 is an opportunity to shift to ‘Farmers’ Policy’. There is need to reduce pressure on the land by creating off-farm jobs, they suggested according to the finance ministry statement. A ‘Price Deficiency Payment Mechanism’ was suggested for those crops where procurement cannot be ensured to provide more remuner…