The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on Wednesday said the Budget 2023-24 presented by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will strengthen the fundamental pillars and ensure resilience, inclusivity and sustainability.
Subhrakant Panda, president of FICCI, said: “Budget is balanced and progressive which gives primacy to inclusive growth.
“The announcements made today capture the pulse of the economy while retaining credibility both in terms of projections as well as committing to the fiscal consolidation glide path. Most importantly, a historic outlay for public capex is a continuation of the heaving lifting since the time of the pandemic and will have a multiplier effect across myriad sectors of the economy besides crowding in private investment,” he added.
“A push to investment and consumption was required to keep the growth cycle in motion. We are happy to note that the government has continued the thrust on capital expenditure with a 33 per cent increase in the capital outlay to Rs 10 lakh crore representing 3.3 per cent of GDP. This is a step in the right direction amidst a global economic situation which is still not at ease. Moreover, the revision in tax rates under the new regime will augur well on the consumption side,” added Panda.
“We also compliment the government on meeting the fiscal deficit target for the current financial year despite persisting uncertainty, this lends credibility to the budget. Moreover, by projecting a 5.9 per cent fiscal deficit for 2023-24 and reiterating the commitment to bring it below 4.5 per cent by 2025-26, the Finance Minister has imparted confidence that growth remains a priority without compromising on fiscal consolidation,” he said.
The FICCI president added that the announcements made on Wednesday further strengthen the fundamental pillars and ensure resilience, inclusivity and sustainability.
“The government is committed to ensuring manufacturing competitiveness, ease of doing business, reducing compliance touch points, and supporting livelihoods across sections. This indicates a continuation of the good work the government has done, and puts in motion an action plan for ‘Amrit Kaal’.
“Even as India offers a ray of hope in the current global context, we are not decoupled from the rest of the world. We laud the government’s promise to make India exports competitive given that a slowdown in growth globally could have an impact. In this context, some incentive to support exports would have been timely,” he said.
“The support contained in the budget for the MSME sector is welcome. The revamped credit guarantee scheme for MSMEs will benefit from an infusion of Rs 9,000 crore enabling credit flow of Rs 2 lakh crore with a 1 per cent lower cost. In addition, the move from an accrual based payment system to a cash based one has been a long standing demand from FICCI and will ensure MSMEs don’t suffer as a result of delayed payments.
“The emphasis on green growth in the Union Budget — across sectors such as green energy, green farming, green building, green equipment — is aligned with India’s commitment towards NDC targets. The priority capital investments allocation towards energy transition, the target of 5 MMT annual production of green hydrogen by 2030, and notification of green credit program are important moves to forge ahead on the path of sustainable growth,” he added.