GST complaints coming mainly from tax-evaders – Adi Godrej

Adi Godrej, chairman of one of India’s largest manufacturing and real estate groups, said most of the complaints about the new Goods and Services Tax is coming from businesses that have been built on a model of tax evasion. “The complaints about the GST are mainly coming from people who used to evade taxes in […]

India to announce new industrial policy in October

The Indian government is likely to announce a new industrial policy in October, the ministry of commerce and industry said, and sought feedback from the public. Commerce and industry minister Nirmala Seetharaman will hold a final round of consultations with stakeholders soon, it added. “Sitharaman will hold consultations with stakeholders, including industry captains, think tanks […]

Modi’s reforms drag, power plants to face low loads, study

India’s energy sector is facing low capacity utilisation in power generation as plant load factor is estimated to remain low at around 62 per cent until 2018-19, noted a recent ASSOCHAM-Crisil joint study. The study also expressed concern over the slow pace of reform implementation in certain areas. The study noted that India had made […]

IT companies using illegal tactics to force workers to resign: FITE

The Forum for IT Employees, arguably the IT workers rights organization with the largest number of well-wishers and supporters, accused IT companies of using illegal and unethical means to force their workers to submit their resignations. In a meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the organization accused the companies of using harassment techniques that […]

Demonetization took India forward by 3 years – SBI

The demonetization of currency notes late last year has doubled the number of card transactions and helped push India’s payment digitisation by three years, State Bank of India said in a note. “Even after seven months post demonetization, the transaction value is quite large and approximately double of what it had been corresponding month last […]

Indian IT industry facing layoffs as conditions worsen, warns Assocham

Indian IT companies are bound to see “some laying off” of their work force back home due to various negative forces impacting the industry, Assocham — an association of various industries — warned. “With the US tightening the norms for H-1B visas under the President Donald Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ campaign, the Indian IT […]

Rs 1.7 lakh cr deposited via demonetization may not be withdrawn – SBI

The Indian banking system is likely to get a permanent liquidity boost of Rs 1.7 lakh cr due to the demonetization of high-denomination bank notes, State Bank of India chief economic adviser said in a note to bank clients. He said people were not making the large cash withdrawals that everyone expected them to after the […]

After missing twice, India comfortably meets power sector targets for 12th five-year plan

After missing its targets by wide margins in the previous two five-year plans, India is all set to comfortably meet or exceed all its power sector targets for the 12th five-year plan that ends this month. Five-year plans, borrowed from the Soviet Union, are a legacy of Nehruvian policy of setting development targets every five […]

No immediate plans for universal basic income: Indian Government

The Indian government has no immediate plans or proposals to institute a scheme of ‘unversal basic income’ in place of the myriad social welfare scheme run by the country at present, the finance ministry said in response to a query. The clarification that there is ‘no proposal for a universal basic income scheme’ comes in […]

Gadkari to miss ambitious highway target for 2016-17

Nitin Gadkari, who is slowly building up a reputation as a pragmatic and capable minister, is likely to face major disappointment in the ongoing financial year as his ministry is unlikely to meet the steep road construction target it set for itself. Unlike the term of the previous government, when an average of 5,000 km […]

Demonetization: Modi announces bumper prizes; 15 lakh users to get 1,000 rupees

Narendra Modi announced several ‘prize schemes’ to promote cashless transactions. Under the schemes announced today, there will be two sets of prizes for consumers and another for small merchants. Under the first scheme, any customer who uses any electronic form of payment, including wallets and debit cards, will qualify for a ‘lucky draw’ of Rs […]

Petrol Pumps, Airlines Will Not Take Old Notes From Saturday | DEMONETIZATION

Old notes will no longer be accepted at petrol pumps and airline ticket counters starting from Saturday, according to sources. So far, petrol pumps and airlines had been given an exemption from demonetization of 500 and 1000 rupee notes. However, in an effort to control the widespread ‘whitening’ of black money, the government is gearing […]

Fitch revises US growth estimates on Trump election, says protectionism to rise

The surge in populism and anti-establishment sentiment witnessed in the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election seem likely to push structural policies in the direction of economic nationalism, said Fitch Ratings in its latest global economic outlook (GEO). This will result in a reduction in trade openness and international labour […]

DEMONETIZATION: How some earned lakhs standing in queues

The government has banned over-the-counter exchange of old 500- and 1000-rupee notes due to suspected gaming of the system by those with black money. According to banking industry sources, the over-the-counter exchange system was being massively misused by hawala operators and others who had illegal funds to convert their old currency into new notes. “The system […]

Despite Demonetization, India will beat China in GDP growth: Fitch Ratings

Despite a moderation in India’s GDP growth rate in the short term due to cash crunch, the Indian economy will still grow faster than that of China, global ratings agency Fitch said. “We still expect India’s GDP growth to trend higher than China’s in the medium term,” said the agency, whose primary job is to […]