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Post Budget 2016 -17 Statement : Mr. Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO & Managing Director, Renault India Operations

Post Budget 2016 -17  Statement : Mr. Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO & Managing Director, Renault India Operations

A constructive budget which will be instrumental in laying the foundations for sustainable long-term growth

Overview
The Government has succeeded in ensuring that the Indian economy has held its own despite the prevailing uncertain environment and global headwinds.
At a broad level, Budget 2016 is constructive and will be instrumental in laying the foundations for long-term sustainable growth. The 9 pillars on which the budget is based on addresses measures for growth, while keeping the fiscal deficit within the set limit of 3.5% and curbing inflation for FY 2016-17.
Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO &
Managing Director, Renault India Operations

The Union Budget 2016 rightly focusses on the core issues which needed attention, including agriculture, social programmes, rural development, education with skill development, infrastructure, financial reforms, policy reforms in terms of ease of doing business, fiscal discipline and tax reforms. Fundamentally all these measures will go a long way in stimulating the domestic demand, which clearly is the need of the hour, especially in wake of the prevailing global uncertainties.

As was much desired, the budget has rightly focused on positive measures to give impetus to infrastructure growth. Although we will have to study the fine print of the budget in terms of clear programs to boost investment, manufacturing and skill development, the directional focus is in sync with the overall expectations to boost growth. This budget will go a long way in further bolstering India’s position in the global economy.

The budget also reflects Government’s focus on ‘Make in India’, as it announced measures to enhance domestic competitiveness in sectors including Defence, IT, Textiles, et al.

Perspective on the Automobile Sector

The budget clearly focusses on a long-term vision, aimed at high growth, together with emphasis on the fiscal deficit, and keeping big bang investments in check. But, policies for the automobile sector remained largely unchanged.

The automobile industry features in the ‘Make in India’ program, and has been identified as one of the 25 thrust sectors outlined for growth. Together with its role in making India a manufacturing powerhouse, the common hope across the automobile industry was that the Government includes some industry friendly policy decisions which will build confidence.
Citing pollution and the traffic situation in cities as a matter of concern, there is a proposal to levy a cess of 1% on small, petrol and CNG cars, 2.5% on diesel cars of certain capacity and 4% on other higher engine capacity vehicles and SUVs.

While doing this, the industry was hoping that the Government should have taken progressive steps such as introducing a ‘scrappage incentive scheme’, to keep older cars off the roads and would not have impacted the industry. Such a policy will benefit the environment, reduce fuel consumption and also propel further demand for greener and efficient vehicles.

The industry was also hoping for excise duty reduction to be reintroduced and a roadmap on GST implementation, as a unified excise and taxation structure will go a long way to benefit the industry.

Although the budget didn’t have much for the automobile sector, we are hopeful for some pro-business policies on a continual basis to benefit the industry.
A positive to the auto sector is the investments and reforms in agriculture and infrastructure sectors, which will have a rub-off effect on the core sectors that drive the economy. 

Closing Comments

To conclude, Budget 2016 rightly focusses on the core issues which needed attention. It will go a long way in putting India back on the global business radar by making it more investment-friendly, enhancing the ease to do business, lowering subsidies and optimising its allocation.
It also had a strong welfare message, taking into consideration the requirements of a wide sections of the society. From housing and electricity, to water supply and employment, the budget had a strong vision for the people of India.

In a nutshell, the Modi led government has triggered the right chords, keeping its promise of 

‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’.
Sumit Sawhney
Country CEO & Managing Director

Renault India Operations
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