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Budget 2023 should focus on job creation, broaden tax base: Industry bodies to FM

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs her 2nd Pre-Budget 2023 consultation with the second group of captains from Industry and experts of Infrastructure and Climate Change, as Union Minister of State for Finance Dr Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad looks on, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI Photo) (Ministry of Finance Twitter)Premium
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs her 2nd Pre-Budget 2023 consultation with the second group of captains from Industry and experts of Infrastructure and Climate Change, as Union Minister of State for Finance Dr Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad looks on, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI Photo) (Ministry of Finance Twitter)

  • The CII even called for an aggressive focus on privatisation of public sector units and increasing allocation to capital expenditure.

With the Union Budget for FY 2023-24 just two months away, industry bodies in their pre-Budget meeting with finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on 21 November said that the budget should focus on measures to accelerate job creation and broaden the tax base by rationalising GST and personal income tax slabs to boost consumption.

"The external scenario is likely to continue to be unfavourable for some time. Hence, we must broad-base our domestic economy by creating new sectors of growth and driving employment generation to boost domestic demand, inclusion, and growth," news agency PTI quoted CII president Sanjiv Bajaj as saying.

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The CII even called for an aggressive focus on privatisation of public sector units and increasing allocation to capital expenditure. It emphasised on government should focus on an investment led growth strategy to pump India's economy amidst the global uncertainty.

The CII suggested that an employment linked incentive scheme be introduced to boost job creation and the government could consider an urban employment guarantee scheme and initiate a pilot in metro cities first in this Budget.

"Going forward, to provide tax certainty to businesses, the corporate tax rates should be maintained at the current levels," the CII president said, adding, "Further simplification, rationalisation, ease of paying taxes, and reducing tax litigation should be key priorities."

During the meeting with FM Sitharaman, another industry body PHDCCI also submitted its suggestions for the Budget to the finance minister virtually on Monday.

PHDCCI suggested a five-pronged strategy to revitalise the private investments through measures to enhance consumption, increase capacity utilisation in factories, boost job creation, improve quality of social infrastructure, and accelerate India's economic growth.

"The Union Budget 2023-24 is being presented at a crucial juncture of geo-political uncertainties, high inflation and slowing world economic growth. At this juncture, calibrated steps to enhance domestic sources of growth would be crucial to maintain the steady economic growth trajectory," said Saket Dalmia, president, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), in a statement.

With PTI inputs.

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