Here're some reactions from the Tech industry regarding the Union budget.
W. S. Mukund, MD, Acer India
“Its been a fairly balanced, yet progressive Budget. Focus on Education, Health and Infrastructure, with enhanced allocations, do pave the way for building a vibrant & competitive India.
For the PC industry there are some positives in terms of scope for adoption of IT in initiatives such as the Financial Inclusion Fund project to extend Banking to more habitats and scaling up of the Smart card projects in Health Insurance. That a Tech Advisory Group is being set up under the leadership of Nandan Nilakeni is another pointer to rapid adoption of IT projects in the areas of Taxation, Pension, Treasury, Infrastructure and GST.
For the PC industry, which had shown a de-growth in the year 2009-10, the roll back of Excise/CVD to 10% is a big dampener.
Also some of the inconsistencies, that have been highlighted for redressal the last many months, such as MRP based abatement, phased reduction of CST to 1% (made all the more acute due to GST being postponed to the next fiscal) as also lack of any bold policy initiatives to make Broadband more pervasive and affordable, continue to persist. “
Ramesh A Vaswani, Executive Vice Chairman, Intex Technogies (INDIA) LTD.