Interim Budget 2019 Reaction:
Mr. Shekar Viswanathan, Vice Chairman & Whole-time Director – Toyota Kirloskar Motor:
“The overall budget perspectives are positive covering wide spectrum of areas as health, skill, infrastructure, agriculture – as a big boost to the economy. The resource allocation across the budget has been thoughtful. The fiscal deficit at 3.4% of GDP reflects better economic stability with the impact on inflation outlook being relatively muted. As we see, the continuing path of fiscal incentives would be growth positive, accelerating the nation’s development. Further, the thrust on overall rural development will certainly accelerate the buying sentiments of the consumers and also the increased tax exemptions will enhance the disposable income of the people, thus contributing to the upliftment of the society with improved living conditions.
The focus to strengthen the infrastructure [road, rail & air] will certainly facilitate industrial growth and promote ‘Make in India’ paving way for better mobility & accelerate the ease of doing business.
We applaud the Government of India’s focus on EV drive towards reducing fuel import. Toyota has been a pioneer in electrified space offering alternate mobility solutions [HEVs, EVs, FCVs, PHEVs] globally. We would further continue our concerted efforts in this direction to boost sustainable mobility to enhance ever-better & comfortable living of the society. The vehicle emission based tax regime would boost this EV vision, towards achieving a cleaner and greener environment.
We hope that the tax revenues will continue to grow, enabling the implementation of the budget announcements. We now look forward to the full-fledged budget that would be presented during May-Jun this year.”
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