Union Budget 2020

On 1st February, Saturday 2020 the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while delivering her second union budget speech, FM spoke for more than two hours and 20 minutes, the longest any Indian finance minister has done.

Union Budget 2020

By VARINDIA – 2020-02-03

On 1st February, Saturday 2020 the

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

while delivering her second union budget speech, FM spoke for more than two hours and 20 minutes, the longest any Indian finance minister has done. The budget speech stayed in line with the government’s long term growth vision pillared on three themes viz. an aspirational India, holistic economic development, and a healthy society. The finance minister also imposed health cess on import of medical equipment.

It shows she want to convince the parliament, but it was not shown if the finance minister had any clear roadmap to offer to extricate India out of the economic crisis . However, there is notable developments in infrastructure, rural logistics, education and healthcare sectors will create opportunities in the Indian real estate space. The policy on data centres was a key highlight and will make it a sunrise sector in India.

FM went big on agriculture and rural infrastructure. She set aside Rs 2.83 trillion towards agriculture and allied sectors, and unveiled a mammoth Rs 3.6 trillion scheme to address issues of water shortages. Major announcements for the housing sector were expected, and barring the extension on both the tax holidays and the time period for availing interest deductions in affordable housing, the highlights were relatively mute. All in all, the budget was balanced and the relaxation cascaded across tax slabs will spur consumption in the economy.

Experts speaks on,

India’s GDP

is not decreasing Continuously. Its Growth Rate is reducing continuously. In fact, the government had no choice but to ease the deficit target, as a slowdown in economic growth to an estimated 5% for 2019-20 crimped tax revenue. Its inability to garner enough money from disinvestment made matters worse, and it had to depend on higher dividends from the Reserve Bank of India to bridge the gap.

The fact sheet is in 2020-21, the FM and

PM Narendra Modi

, are banking on an extremely ambitious disinvestment target to bail them out and keep the fiscal deficit in check. In the last budget, the government had set itself a disinvestment target of Rs 1.05 trillion. The target has now been scaled down to Rs 65,000 crore; so far, however, the government has raised just Rs 18,100 crore. The reason being the taxation structure for the start-ups and disinvestment policy are not prudent.

The biggest question is on, if disinvestment was one big theme this year, the other major policy was on taxation as the finance minister sought to rationalise income tax slabs for individual taxpayers and put more money in their hands in the hope of kick-starting consumption. FM has introduced a dual taxation mechanism for individual taxpayers in which those opting out of tax exemptions will get taxed at a lower rate.

The most important is ,FM sought to lay the red carpet out for a section of foreign investors as it granted a tax exemption to sovereign wealth funds for investments in India’s infrastructure sector by specifically mentioned ADIA, the sovereign wealth fund of the Gulf emirate, as a beneficiary of the budget proposal though she didn’t explain the reason for doing so.


, the world’s third-largest sovereign wealth fund, has emerged as an active investor in India’s infrastructure sector in recent years. It invests in both publicly listed and privately held companies.

Sitharaman proposed full tax exemption to interest, dividend and capital gains income on investment made in the infrastructure and other notified sectors. The investments must be made before March 31, 2024 and have a minimum lock-in period of three years, she said in her budget speech. This will encourage investments in priority sectors by sovereign wealth funds of foreign governments, she said. Initial reactions from the industry were positive. “This is a big step to boost infrastructure investments in the short term,” said Vivek Gupta, partner and national head, M&A and private equity, tax, KPMG in India.

At the post-Budget press conference, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman exuded confidence in being able to reduce the fiscal deficit via increased revenue generation.

Indian markets fell sharply today as Budget 2020 announcements failed to live up to the expectations of the Street. The Sensex tumbled 987 points or 2.4% to 39,735. On the NSE, the broader Nifty50 index slumped 2.6% to 11,643. Among the Sensex stocks, ITC fell 7% after the government proposed an increase in excise duty on tobacco. Other top losers in the Sensex pack included L&T, HDFC, SBI, ONGC, ICICI Bank and IndusInd Bank that fell between 4% and 6%.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today revised the country’s fiscal deficit target to 3.8% for the current fiscal year, from an earlier target of 3.3%. The finance minister also pegged the fiscal deficit target for the year 2020/21 at 3.5% of the GDP. Sensex crashes 1000 points after Budget, investors lose ₹3.6 lakh crore.

Fiscal Management

The government expects to revert to the consolidation path by budgeting a lower fiscal deficit target of 3.5% in FY21, while the FY20 fiscal deficit is seen at 3.8% (vs. earlier target of 3.3%)

The attainment of FY21 fiscal deficit target hinges on realizing record high disinvestment target along with substantially higher telecom revenue

Key Focus Areas

The Budget takes forward the thrust on reviving rural demand and supplements it with sectoral incentives for Electronics, Exporters, Textiles, MSMEs, Start-Ups, and Affordable Housing

The divestment target for FY21 has been set at INR 2.1 lakh crores as against the FY20 target of INR 0.65 lakh crores

The government has proposed to sell a part of its holding in LIC by way of Initial Public Offer (IPO)

For Individuals

Relaxed tax slabs proposed for those earning up to INR 15 lakhs a year (optional)

Assurance on safety of deposits in Scheduled Commercial Banks and increase in Insurance Coverage for Bank deposits from the existing INR 1 lakh to INR 5 lakhs per depositor

For Corporate

FPI limit for corporate bonds to be increased to 15% from the existing 9%

Dividend Distribution Tax (DTT) to be abolished

Eligibility limit for NBFCs for debt recovery under SARFAESI Act to be reduced from INR 500 crores to INR 100 crores, and the loan size eligibility (for SARFAESI Act) to be reduced from INR 1 crore to INR 50 lakhs

The list of items that will become costlier:

List of items that will become cheaper:

# Certain Imported Military Equipment

# Some India Made Mobile Components

# Newsprint

# Textiles, yarns and fibres

Industry reactions on the Union Budget 2020-21

Very happy and thankful to ESOP related changes done by the Finance Minister madam, she has beautifully defined and sorts out many issues.

The budget has very large outlays for traditional infrastructure such as roads, ports, digital infrastructure, social infrastructure, waterways, airports, agriculture etc. But what is unique is significant outlays for preserving and studying culture and history, including large number of museums and a national institute of excellence for study of culture and history. Also, the focus brought in on new technologies such as quantum computing, is much welcome. Introducing a taxpayer’s statute is also most welcome. However, more was expected in terms of tackling the continued credit squeeze and slowing of the economy.

National Infra pipeline to remain in focus for the development of various projects. Key infra players like LT, KNR will benefit. FMCG Index rallies off its 100 DMA Emami, Hindustan Unilever, Dabur, Tata Global are set to rally further.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan slammed the union budget, saying that it would neither help strengthen the economy nor ensure social security or development, but only further increase inflation and unemployment in the country. All the legitimate needs of the southern State were completely ignored in the budget, though Kerala had submitted a detailed memorandum on its long pending demands.

India’s plan to invest Rs 8,000 crore (~$1.12 billion) over the next five years in the National Mission on Quantum Technologies (NMQT) is a step in the right direction which will augment the industries dependent on these future technologies. India’s plan to come up with five new smart cities further solidifies its stance of a sustainable and citizen centric future which I am sure will elevate the quality of life. It had many good things. Would have given it a 8/10 on a regular year. But this is not a regular year. The liquidity crunch and kick starting of economy should have been focused on and reversal of extra tax on super rich should have been reversed.

We welcome the Government’s overarching positive theme for the Budget 2020-21, that includes enabling an aspirational India, through major fundamental structural reforms targeted at fostering healthcare, education, skill development, ensuring economic development for all and further a caring, humane and compassionate society. The Hon’ble Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, emphasised on country’s growth and Digital inclusion will hinge on advanced technologies such AI, Robotics, Machine Learning, analytics, among others, which essentially relies on telecom infrastructure. However, while the Union Budget laid major emphasis on boosting domestic manufacturing of network products, mobile phones, electronic equipment, semi-conductors and healthcare products and has allocated INR 27,300 crore for the development of industry and commerce by 2021, it is disappointing that there were no announcements made regarding the rationalisation of levies and taxes currently imposed on the severely distressed telecom sector and telecom infrastructure is not taken into consideration that is going to build out the country. The Budget proposed that the New India will be driven by innovations, AI and computing where data will be the new oil and other significant initiatives such as linking of 1 lakh gram panchayat to the Bharat Net program by this year and an allocation of INR 6,000 crore in this regard, none of our key recommendation appear to have been taken into consideration. A financially healthy and robust telecom sector is imperative to support all these future forward initiatives. It is also disappointing to note that telecom was not given an infrastructure status even though a slew of crucial reforms has been announced on infrastructure. The telecom sector, which is the backbone of the country’s economy, did not receive significant support.

With a thrust on talent, technology and entrepreneurship, Budget 2020-21 is a promising budget in support of making India’s $5 trillion economy dream come true. It is heartening to see initiatives that are aimed at enhancing digital penetration in the country by making Fibre to the home (FTTH) accessible to 100,000 Gram Panchayats via Bharat Net, which will go a long way in bridging the digital divide. Also, the decision to build data centre parks for the private sector is another step towards making India a data economy superpower. Furthermore, strategic initiatives aimed at leveraging new-age technologies like the Internet-of-Things, machine learning, robotics, bioinformatics, quantum computing and artificial intelligence across sectors will further help in laying the foundation of a robust, digital economy.

From a perspective of the engineering and technology services industry that thrives on innovation, the government’s move to re-revitalize the IP filing and protection process is a welcome step. Additionally the thrust on quantum computing as a key focus promises to further consolidate India’s position in the global digital transformation landscape. The announcement of proposal to set-up Data Centers is also a step in the right direction in terms of acknowledging the importance of data and data analytics. Overall, the budget puts the role of technology in limelight spanning across all the three focus areas as announced by the government namely aspirational India, economic development and a caring society.

With umpteen focused initiatives like – FDI, emphasis on new skill development and entrepreneurship, launch of new online degree courses /apprenticeship programmes and allocation of Rs 99,300 crore for world-class education, Budget2020 will help position India as a global educational hub. We appreciate the launch of the ‘Study in India’ programme which will enable foreign students to apply for scholarships to study in India. Overall, we believe that this renewed push on providing quality education and enhancing the skills of our youth, will help India play a lead role in shaping the global economy in the future.

In the Union Budget 2020, we welcome the increase in allocation of 69,000 crore for the health sector with 6,000crore in PMJAY Ayushman Bharat scheme, with special emphasis on viability gap funding for setting up hospitals in the 112 aspirational districts (PAN India). Welcome the announcement on converting existing district hospitals to medical colleges through PPP mode, there is indeed a huge shortage of doctors in poor state districts”

The current budget proposals exhibit a determined approach of government to make India ready for new technologies. Rs.6000 crore allocation for the proliferation of technology to the lowest level of society by connecting 1 lakh gram panchayats through Fibre to Home connections for supporting basic social infrastructure is a welcome step. The vision of providing panchayat level public institutions with digital connectivity will help streamline the integrated development work and open big opportunities for several stakeholders in the country. Proposal to develop Data Center Parks throughout the country is another major step towards digitization and capitalizing data resource available with government agencies. This step will help analyze the data better and make a well informed decision regarding resource allocation for social development of a specific geography and demography. Allocation of Rs.8000 crore over 5 years for National Mission on Quantum Technology is another positive step towards taking the country to the digital era. All these efforts will promote the use of technology and digitization and play an important role in the overall development of the economy.

As India’s leading data center services provider, we welcome the government’s proposal to roll out a policy enabling the private sector to build data center parks throughout the country. This move rightly acknowledges how integral data is to every sector of the economy at a very opportune time. Government initiatives like Smart Cities and Digital India, policies around data localization and the digitization of various industries such as financial services, e-commerce, media, and the manufacturing sector have fuelled the demand for the data center industry in India. We at NTT – Netmagic currently operate nine data centers in the country and have plans to double our data centre capacity in the coming months to meet the growing demand. The budget has also given a massive push to the digital economy recognizing how AI, IoT, 3D printing, drones, data storage, and quantum computing, etc., are all re-writing the world economic order. Overall, the budget is pro-startups and forward-looking in terms of growth across technology sectors.

The emphasis on Mobiles, the largest import bill in electronics and ATMP is welcome. The government needs to include IT, Datacom, Medical and other sub-sectors of electronics. While the scheme is still in the works this will result in rise in exports from India.

Government’s move on increasing the threshold for small business requiring audit from 1cr to 5cr, if cash transaction is less than 5%, is a welcome move. This will spur technology adoption by them which will further increase the demand for PCs and POS.

The 2020 Budget has been drafted around the key themes of talent, technology, entrepreneurship and sustainability and we applaud the Centre’s efforts at boosting the economy. The Hon’ble Finance Minister has maintained focus on tourism by announcing that iconic destinations will be connected by “corporate” trains like Tejas and with the plan to develop 5 archaeological sites into iconic sites. Five new smart cities have also been proposed and Barco looks forward to partnering with the Government in this direction.

The budget 2020 is a holistic and integrated budget, focused on promoting the ‘ease of living’ for a common man and ‘ease of doing business’ for SMEs, MSME’s and corporate. With a clear thrust on projects that work keeping sustainability and optimum use of resources in mind, the budget outlines plans to strengthen infrastructure relevant for renewable energy, transport, IT and agriculture, and allied industries. Further, a plan to offer employment opportunities to India’s young engineers, management graduates, and economists, in construction, operation & maintenance of infrastructure through the ‘Project Preparation Facility’, and the mandate for urban local bodies will provide internships to engineers for one year at district and state level, the budget displays a long term vision to make India a youth-led economy.

“ACE welcomes the announcement of the budget on behalf of the Construction Equipment Industry. The budget 2020 is special in itself as the economy has seen a major dip in the last fiscal and the industries are expected to recover through this budget. The Construction Industry has absorbed a slump recently and is expecting to rebound its growth with the budget allocation of 2 trillion in the transport infrastructure. Prioritising and focusing the Public Private Partnership projects is another welcoming move for the Construction industry, this will significantly create the funding opportunities for the homegrown brands and generate employment opportunities in the sector.”

The Union Budget provides a major boost to the interests of broadband services enablers and aligned stakeholders as one of the major takeaways that evidently emerged was the fact of connectivity being at the core of all key pursuits planned by the government. Towards this, initiatives announced such as providing push to smart metering, setting up five new smart cities, establishing new data centres across the country and more importantly the allocation of Rs.6000 crore towards BharatNet to provide connectivity to 100,000 gram panchayats within this year itself, augers well for the telecom industry.

Government’s growing interest in the use of Advanced technologies such as Artificial intelligence, quantum computing, etc was definitely seen as the base of the IT budget for 2020 and an interesting move for Digital India.In today’s budget we saw the government allocating funds to make data centers across India which will also support their upcoming Data Protection Act. However we do hope that this budget will be majorly focused on protecting the stored data especially of sectors like BFSI and large enterprises that consist major quantity of critical data. As it was rightly said that Data is the new oil, it becomes increasingly important for a country like India to protect and secure their data moving forward and also invest in securing other vulnerabilities that may target India’s critical infrastructures, banking and finance institutions and government bodies against the ever evolving cyberthreat landscape.

The government’s announcement of setting up a policy to build data centre parks throughout India for digital connectivity and the allocation of Rs 6,000 crores for BharatNet is a big step towards a successful Digital India initiative. This will increase the adoption of technologies such as IoT, Analytics and AI; leading to an unprecedented amount of data generation. Data management and protection will play a key role to safeguard the citizen’s data from cyber-breaches. Additionally, the implementation of intelligent data management platforms will help achieve positive outcomes from the data.

“As per our expectations, the Budget 2020 has proposed a slew of measures to propel the economy towards growth. The government’s sustained push for tech innovation and entrepreneurship is encouraging from a market perspective. The Budget has particularly proposed a conducive environment for the start-up sector in India and these measures are sure to cement India’s position as a hotbed of startups. The market also stands to gain from the revised Income Tax structure as it indicates a higher disposable income in the hands of the common man. This could prove to be positive in terms of investments and could potentially boost the capital market.

As a member of the startup community in India, it is exciting and welcome to hear our Finance Minister recognize startups as a bedrock of the economy and yto acknowledge our role in job and wealth creation. It is commendable that ESOPs will only be taxed on liquidation as opposed to exercise. This will serve as a lucrative incentive that helps attract and retain talent in our space. The move to remove DDT is another great proposal as it will make Indian equities more appealing for investors and also encourage FDIs. We are confident that these measures will lead to a boost in investments and consequentially quicken the economy.

Acknowledging the influence of technology in shaping new age economy is a distinct aspect of the Union budget. Focus on artificial intelligence and targets set for quantum computing is a step in the right direction to strengthen India’s position as a frontrunner in exponential technologies. From IT services perspective, it will be interesting to see if setting up more export hubs is encouraged by incentives for the industry that has been at the forefront of exports for the country.

“I believe the Union Budget 2020 will have a positive impact on helping further drive Indian businesses, given the current local and international market conditions. The startup sector will benefit greatly from the tax breaks, and the move to tax ESOPs on liquidation will encourage the retention of talent in the sector, poising it for continued growth on the global stage. We are happy to see the push for adopting AI and ML particularly in the healthcare sector, which will help boost access to services as well as quality of care for more people, and further infuse growth in the economy. It is also interesting to see that the government has invested Rs. 8000 crore to the National Mission on Quantum Technologies, which will ensure India remains a key global technology player. This move aligns and propels India into the future with an eye on data, communications, cybersecurity, and technology, and from Zendesk’s position as a global Saas company, this is particularly encouraging.”

“The Government’s Union Budget 2020 is built on the bedrock of emerging technologies including Artifical Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT) and more. Initiatives such as building data center parks across India aiming to safeguard ‘data’, the most critical asset of organisations along with the digitisation of 100,000 Gram panchayat through its Bharatnet initiative will strengthen the digital fabric of the country. However, increased digital penetration brings along with it cybersecurity risks. As per a recent report, Indian IT managers detected 39% of threats on servers, 35% on the network, 8% on endpoints and 18% on mobile. Additionally, 90% of IT managers believe cybersecurity awareness and education among employees is a major challenge for organisations. That said, while we welcome the Governments proposed steps in strengthening the MSMEs that provide employment to millions of people, we need more impetus on building skilled cybersecurity professionals in the country. The government’s allocation of Rs. 3,000 crore towards skill development is a step in the right direction towards building India’s youth and economy.

We welcome the steps taken by the Government in the Union Budget towards boosting electronic manufacturing in the country. The electronic industry has huge potential both in terms of manufacturing in India and job creation and will provide a major impetus for growth. This will further enhance the exports of networked products. Another important step taken is the further push provided by the Government for its smart cities mission. It aims to create 100 cities with state-of-the-art infrastructure that includes intelligent lighting, Wi-Fi access points, leading to enhancement of the quality of life of every citizen while building efficient living spaces for future generations. As a company, Syska has been striving towards developing technology-driven, energy-efficient and affordable solutions that positively impact the lives of our customers. With India heading towards mass urbanization, we are aligned towards promoting sustainability, enhancing social development and creating new employment opportunities through rapid digital innovations.

The Union Budget 2020 has provided enormous opportunities for companies looking to set up manufacturing facilities in the country. The steps taken by the Government towards making India a manufacturing hub by providing impetus on electronics manufacturing in India will give a further fillip to the Government’s flagship Make in India initiative. Additionally, the budget also provides emphasis on making every district of the country an export hub, with the Government allocating Rs 27,300 crore for the development and promotion of industry and commerce in 2020-21. This initiative will enable Indian companies to develop the infrastructure and manufacturing capabilities required to build products that can be exported. We also welcome the Government’s commitment towards boosting emerging technologies such as internet of things, (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), Analytics and the creation of a sustainable environment to combat climate change. As a company, Goldmedal Electricals has always been at the forefront of introducing innovative and sustainable solutions that make our planet not only smarter but also sustainable for future generations.

“The Union Budget 2020, is encouraging , forward looking and would ensure the necessary boost to the Digital India Vision. The Budget duly recognises the transformational impact of emerging technologies such as AI, IOT, Big data, Cybersecurity, ML and Robotics on the economy . The digital growth momentum is steered further and India definitely has a key role to play in the global economy and future of technology and innovation. We believe that India has a unique success story and a step towards being a global technology leader. This budget definitely favours new age digital economy and we look forward to further growth in the sector”.

“Reduced NBFC eligibility for SARFAESI Act is a well thought move that will help the sector to grow. Allowing NBFCs to be a part of TReDS will improve MSME access to credit, coupled with reduction in personal income tax slabs should spur consumption leading to growth.”

The government’s decision to announce measures through the three themes – Aspirational India, Economic Development and Caring Society covers the aspirations of all. This interim budget, has a fair impetus on the technology sector. We see acknowledgement of the role of AI, Analytics, IoT along with schemes to deploy these technologies in the public sector. The setting up of a digital platform for seamless application and capture of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) moves us closer towards an era of enhanced public-private partnership where technology will play a decisive role.

The implementation of a policy to build data centre parks throughout the country is another welcome move which will help immensely in data management. As the 5th largest economy of the world with a vibrant startup ecosystem, the announcement to create more opportunities for entrepreneurs and setting up of an Investment Clearance Cell which will offer assistance in funding will boost the industry.

The budget emphasised the importance of creating a robust digital infrastructure and increasing connectivity across the country will provide greater opportunities to telecom operators and drive higher data offtake especially in rural areas. A strong optic fibre network using higher technologies is essential for building the backbone of telecom connectivity in the country. Thus, the focus continues to remain on the connectivity of the gram panchayats through fibre. Moreover, the development of new technologies like machine learning, internet of things, artificial intelligence continues to remain the focus area.

The revised estimate (RE) of non-tax revenues from communication services for FY2020 stood at Rs. 58,990 crore, which is 17% higher than the budget estimate (BE) of Rs. 50,520 crore and is higher than our estimates. The BE for FY2021 stands at Rs. 133,027 crore, 125% higher than the RE for FY2020. Despite deferral of spectrum payments due in FY2021 and FY2022, the higher BE for FY2021 can be attributable to some participation in 5G spectrum auctions and expectation of payments of AGR-related dues.

This is positive budget overall from the technology focus point of view. We are pleased that the Government is allocating Rs. 8,000 crore for the National Mission on Quantum Computing and Technology. The government’s move on encouraging manufacturing of electronic equipment in India is also a big step as this would provide much needed impetus to technology and manufacturing sector, which has been developing capacities and generating employment opportunities. Also, more focus on technology such as Machine Learning, Robotics, AI will support the industry to grow and establish India as a robust ecosystem for technology and innovation.

The Union Budget highlights the role technology-enabled innovation can play in leapfrogging the nation. From integration in priority sectors like agriculture and healthcare to a continued focus on smart cities, the first budget of the new decade clearly outlines the significance of a digital-first India in realizing the country’s potential. I am especially encouraged by the efforts to use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to improve disease detection and pre-emption as part of the PM Jan Arogya Yojana. Such applications of emerging technologies combined with the focus on increasing the penetration of fibre connectivity in the nation have the potential to fundamentally impact the lives of millions in the coming years.

With the government’s target of a $5 trillion economy by 2024, Intel believes that technologies like AI, Internet of Things (IoT), and ML will continue to play a pivotal part in this journey. We look forward to further strengthening our work with the local ecosystem and with the government in enabling technology innovation and skilling India’s workforce to power the next wave of India’s digital revolution”

The Union Budget 2020 announcement has covered several pressing issues faced by the economy and is going to bring growth opportunities. All eyes would be on the manufacturing sector, with the FM proposing a scheme to encourage mobile phones, semiconductor packaging, and electronic equipment. The new scheme, Nirvik, is also going to offer respite for exporters, promising to settle refunds for electricity and VAT previously levied. Furthermore, the provision to bring digital connectivity to all public institutions at Gram Panchayat and allocation of INR 6,000Cr to bring fibre to home through BharatNet linking 100,000 Gram Panchayats in FY21 are also welcomed moves.

The vision of making education accessible to the farthest corner of the country will greatly benefit students. The allocation of budget to hone the skill sets of teachers and educators will positively impact quality learning and thereby provide a boost to the education sector. Additionally, the allocation of budget to BharatNet will also have a deep impact on skilling rural India as it has the potential to open up online learning to students and professionals from remote villages. With better bandwidth internet, a qualified teacher located in a metro city can impart LIVE online classes to students in small town India, where there’s a dearth of quality education. Technology will soon disrupt the entire concept of the classroom and make it an extremely personalized, one to one teaching-learning experience tailored for each mind.

“The vision for the semiconductor and electronics industry in the budget speech is encouraging. We feel this interim budget by Finance Minister is progressive and inclusive. It focuses on leveraging new technologies to build countrywide digital infrastructure, skill-building and drives growth by providing cost benefits for electronics manufacturing in India. The scheme to boost the intelligent electronics & semiconductor ecosystem by the manufacturing of mobile phones, semiconductor packaging and electronic equipment, assures more investment. We foresee the sustained incentives by the government to promote local manufacturing will fulfil local demand and also enable India to become an export hub for electronics.”

“The budget set by the Finance Minister is focusing directly on three factors, namely Aspirational India, Economic Development, and a Caring Society. Delving into these three aspects, it has kept a keen eye on improving the transport and infrastructure by allocating Rs 1.75 lakh crore for these sectors. Furthermore, we support the keenness to develop more smart cities by allotting 5 new smart cities under the PPP model. With 100 new operational airports and high-speed trains both the aviation and railways will now see redevelopment programs to enhance the passenger travel experience. The idea of 100% exemption for sovereign wealth funds in infrastructure and other notified sectors with a minimum lock-in of three years is welcoming. We view it as a definite budget for the corporates who are driving the country’s growth and infrastructure development in both Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities.”

The annual budget announced by the FM has given special impetus to the power and infrastructure sector and allocating Rs 22,000 crore for renewable and power sector is going to push for faster development and growth across sector. The announcement made by FM to replace energy meters with pre-paid smart meters will further help in complete digitization of the whole system and will help in bring about more financially healthier utilities. The FM has urged state governments to implement smart meters in the next three years and HPL being one of the leading manufacturer of smart meters sees this as a huge opportunity. In addition, the implementation of five Smart city projects in PPP mode will give more opportunities to the private companies.

“Budget 2020 continues focus on government driven infrastructure spends to revive the economy. Simplification of income tax rates optically looks attractive however given that the choosing lower tax rates means letting go of exemptions available, may not lead to large scale adoption by people. FM also indicates direction of govt wanting to move towards lower tax slabs and moving away from exemptions. Decision to invest Smart cities a good move should lead to eco system of companies working in this space growing their business. Decision of govt to decriminalize civil acts in the companies act welcome, should help in improving ease of doing business, environment”

We see this budget as a good step in direction to become a $5 trillion dollars economy. As a technology player embedded in India’s technology ecosystem, we welcome the government’s vision to build Data Centre Parks in the country. The government’s focus on enhanced digital connectivity, and focus on emerging technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, along with the allocation towards quantum computing are sure to provide a fillip to India’s economy.

We welcome the progressive budget by the government this year. The logistics industry has been a key focus for the government in the past few years and with the announcement of the soon to be launched National Logistics Policy- the industry is going to get a major boost. Allocation of Rs 1.7 lakh crore for transport infrastructure in FY21 and the move to monetize 12 lots of highway bundles of over 6,000kms before 2024 is welcoming news as it will positively impact freight movement and transportation expenditures.

The government’s focus on promoting disruptive technologies like AI and IoT is critical for the supply chain and logistics industry. It’s important for enterprises to leverage these technologies to improve operational efficiencies and keep margins wider. The government’s plan to bring out a policy for data center parks throughout the country will definitely empower the IT-services industry.

“The government’s intent to rollout a policy to enable private sector to build data center parks throughout the country is a welcome move. We believe this is in view of government’s efforts to push data localization as data will be one of the key drivers of economy. Localized data centers which can be accessed and controlled from a centralized system will significantly improve data privacy and security allowing free flow of data within borders. We at Schneider Electric shall be happy to partner with the government in furthering this initiative.”

The Union Budget 2020 is a reflection of the Government of India’s vision and commitment towards delivering an inclusive growth. The proposed reforms especially those focused towards MSMEs and startups such as provision of seed funding for early-stage startups and setting up of a portal based investment clearing cell, will further help to bolster growth of independent ventures in India. Big announcements like deferred payment of ESOPs, as well as the creation of an e-market place for MSMEs, are also laudable steps by the Government towards uplifting the overall entrepreneurial spirit in the country. We also believe that the proposed allocation of INR 99,300 for education and the allocation of INR 3000 for skilling initiatives, can be instrumental in delivering better educational infrastructure and innovation. As India gears up to chart the next chapter in its strong growth story, we at GoDaddy continue to work in collaboration with the Government and our partner ecosystem, to help entrepreneurs and small businesses grow their ventures online, with our easy-to-use and affordable tools and solutions.

“The standout announcement on technology in Union Budget 2020 is the realisation of emerging technologies in India’s growth trajectory and how digital revolution will see the next wave in the upcoming time. It was an incremental budget with multiple bold and visionary steps for $5 Tn economy by 2025. The focus on emerging technologies, agriculture, healthcare and education is welcomed and much needed in a country like India. The skill development fund allocation should help realize the benefits of the demographic dividend we boast of as a country. For any business to thrive, the upcoming salesperson need to have definitive skillset which we believe can now be focussed on with the allocated funds. On the other hand, we were anticipating the government to pay due attention on data localisation. It is one of the biggest challenges for private companies as it leads to increased costs for expanding data centre capacity to fit customer data which were hosted outside India. As addressed by FM Nirmala Sitharaman to bring out a policy to build data centre parks throughout the country, it is a great step to support a data driven businesses in every step of their value chains. The intent with which the budget has been designed will be best experienced with an effective execution.”

We welcome and feel motivated with the budget announced today by FM highlighting ‘Technology’ as one of the important pillars that will help in making India a $5 Tn economy soon. Triggering the digital revolution with use of new-age technologies like IoT, AI and Machine Learning in economic, healthcare and agriculture development, government should also focus on using the allocated funds for automation and mechanisation in these fields. With these initiatives, technology companies like Aeris will be able to provide IOT technology services like efficient waste management and higher productivity in the field of agriculture, utilities, finance, asset assurance and fleet management and more. On the other hand, the new budget initiatives positively addressed the skill-gap problem. The upcoming digital era presents a complex skilling challenge with a clear need to develop the skillset. The apprenticeship embedded degree, online education program and study in India program will equip the upcoming Indian professionals with the essential knowledge and competencies to navigate the data-driven world of tomorrow. Having said that, we are excited to see the next steps on how the plans are being executed.”

“With the announcement of the Budget 2020, it is motivating to see the initiatives to further advance the technology sector. We look forward to collaborate with the Government and industry to fuel the vision for data-centric innovations. The government’s plan to enable the private sector to build data center parks across the country highlights the huge potential of data. Addressing the need for technology and stressing on the importance of AI, Analytics and IoT will enable the country to embrace the technological advancements required to succeed today. We are happy to see the Government’s efforts to drive a positive change and position India as a technology leader.

The budget is a populist one. It looked good as an manifesto brochure of the Government. By inducing private investment in LIC and IDBI, it has hinted that all is not well. Cyber crimes are at all time high and hence funds should have been allocated to set up exclusive modern universities in cyber security in all states and also set up state of the art cyber forensics lab to set up fast trial process in the court and speedy judgement. The budget lacked focus on making India a super power.

Dr. Omkar Rai, Director General, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI)

“Union Budget 2020 is a defining moment for the Indian IT industry by bringing in proactive policy measures on emerging technologies such as AI, ML, Data Analytics and Quantum Computing. In addition to this, the policy on establishing data centers across the country will strengthen the necessary IT-grade infrastructure required for discharging services to the remotest part of the country while bridging the digital divide, revolutionize the digital economy and significantly play a catalytic role in securing data sovereignty of the nation, and eventually it will also bring enormous FDI into this sector. Further incentivizing the startups will fuel their growth and build momentum in transforming the country into a software product nation. These policy measures and reforms will holistically create humongous opportunities for startups and IT companies in providing cost-effective solutions to the masses for their betterment in all walks of life.”

Deepak Mittal, CEO & Co-founder, TO THE NEW

“Being the first budget of the decade, this budget holds immense value & importance and we are glad to see the government’s continued commitment towards positioning India a digital hub and fostering emerging technologies.

We are thrilled with the announcement of a soon to be rolled out policy to enable the private sector to build data center parks throughout the country. This would reap benefits such as on-demand access to ICT infrastructure, cater to Indian regulatory requirements as well as drive scalability for businesses in India. We were, however, also expecting the government to announce measures with respect to Data Protection keeping in mind the amount of Data being created and stored at unprecedented rates.

Moreover, the government’s move to set up an Investment Clearance Cell for entrepreneurs to offer assistance in funding, will certainly encourage more start-ups to set up their businesses in India. This will, in turn, lead to the growth of the Indian economy. With a slew of growth measures announced, the emphasis of the government is very clear on the overall economic development.”

Pavan Kushwaha, CEO & Co-Founder – Kratikal

“Digital India does not seem like a far-fetched dream with honorable finance minister Ms Nirmala Sitharaman allocating Rs. 6000 crores for BharatNet.

Currently, the Indian population registers at 1.38 billion. Out of 1.38 billion Indians, there are 560 million internet users in the country and this number is growing by 18% every year. It has been estimated that by the year 2021, the digital population in India will cross the mark of 800 million.

This will lead to a boost in the usage of digital products and we are aiming to provide security solutions that will help in securing these applications and products.”

Avneet Singh Marwah, Director and CEO of Super Plastronics Pvt. Ltd, a Kodak brand Licensee

“This has been a historic budget, I would rate it 8/10. This is common man’s budget. From education to infrastructure, govt has ensured promising new projects. This would encourage buying and would improve market sentiments. In terms of Electronics and TVs, we were expecting reduction in GST to 18% and extent the 0% duty on open cell panel.”

Yogesh Bhatia, Founder, and CEO, Detel

“We welcome the initiatives announced by the honorable Finance Minister to boost the start-up ecosystem. The measures made by the government will encourage fresh investment in the sector because the proposed scheme is set to focus on encouraging the manufacturing of mobile phones and electrical products. The government planned to reveal more of a detailed scheme to boost mobile phone, electronics products in the country and to initiate more of phones and electronics to be Made in India soon. We are glad for this opportunity that the government has taken and it encourages us to scale up our defined mission of connecting40croreIndians.”

Nipun Marya, Director – Brand Strategy, vivo India

“It is heartening to see that the Government has time and again recognized the significance of electronics manufacturing in today’s economy. The Union Budget’s significant focus on local production of mobile phones, electronics and semiconductor packaging is going to propel the Make in India vision further. We are excited about the detailed scheme, which will follow soon.”

Sanjay Gupta, Vice President and India Country Manager – NXP Semiconductors

“The Union Budget 2020 takes a pragmatic approach to spur sustainable growth by maintaining focus on core aspects of the economy. It’s a progressive budget that lays thrust on the sectors which will enable India’s economic growth. We are excited to know that the government aims to make India a manufacturing destination for mobile phones, electronic components and semiconductors and keenly look forward to a detailed policy for the sector as it can pave the path towards making India a major semiconductor hub in the coming times. We also welcome the budget allocation of Rs. 8000 crores for quantum computing, that can open up a lot of new opportunities and commercial applications in the future. The government’s focus on new-age technologies like Data analytics, IoT and AI and improvement of digital connectivity can help the country achieve its goal of becoming a $5 trillion economy by 2025. Extensive use of these technologies will enable stakeholders across tiers to make faster and more evidence-backed decisions leading to business growth.”

Neel Juriasingani, CEO & Co-founder, Datacultr

“As per our expectations, the budget 2020 is much focused on driving financial inclusion in the country and the initiative to provide digital connectivity to all public institutions at Gram Panchayat level is a key step to support the same. We are glad that the honorable Finance Minister has announced a series of major policies in the budget which will give a push to emerging technology companies in India. Moreover, this budget has addressed the importance of Analytics, IoT and AI with the government planning to set up data center parks throughout the country which will enhance the whole ecosystem”.

“We are happy that the budget has given much-required push on creating more opportunities for entrepreneurs. The setting up of investment clearance cell which will offer assistance in funding is a welcome move to boost the start-up ecosystem in India. We look forward to this and to the Government marking progress against it”.

Agendra Kumar, President – Esri India

“The budget has some very positive proposals for the GIS (Geographic Information System) market. There are several areas where the hon’ble Finance Minister has announced allocations of funds which will directly benefit from the use of GIS.

It is heartening to see the allocation of Rs 11,500 Crores in 2020-21 for Jal Jeevan Scheme, this will certainly help in improvement in water resources and providing 24×7 water to households. Also Rs 12,300 allocated to Swachh Bharat Mission for 2020-21 will help in roll out of initiatives for disposal and processing of solid waste and waste water. These two schemes are very important for the country and GIS can help in the management of water resources, water distribution and in achieving the objectives of Swachh Bharat mission.

5 new Smart Cities have been announced in collaboration with states, apart from the allocation of Rs Rs 103 lakh Cr for infrastructure in the form of 6500 projects for housing, supply of safe drinking water, clean energy, health care for all. GIS has been supporting the growth of Smart communities and in improvement of liveability of cities.

GIS was the heart of R-APDRP program that aimed to reduce the power distribution losses by various electric utilities in the country. Now the announcement to make smart metering mandatory by all DISCOMs in the country will bring-in an important reform, the installation and management of smart meters can easily be handled through GIS based systems.

Mapping on land on both sides of railway tracks for generation of solar energy is driven by GIS and so are the other areas like expansion of sea ports, development of Inland Waterway and 100 more airports. It has been announced that the National Gas grid will be expanded from 16200Kms to 27000 Kms. GIS is already been used in installation and management of Gas pipelines and distribution; the expansion of Gas grid will create more opportunities for the use of GIS and other geospatial technologies.”

Maninder Bharadwaj, Partner, Deloitte India

‘’The setting up of data centric parks in our own jurisdiction will encourage innovation, the ease of accessibility, creation of jobs and in gaining competitive advantage in the era of globalization. Ever since the launch of Digital India initiative by Hon’ble PM in the year 2015, technology based solutions are being rapidly adapted by businesses. The security aspects during this rapid technology transformation should be considered a vital component to protect the digital universe from cyber threats which eventually could compromise the envisaged growth. Cyber everywhere, grow anywhere.’’

Anjani Kommisetti, Country Manager – India & SAARC, Raritan & Servertech (brands of Legrand)

“The government’s initiative of setting up data centers will bring in an advantage, especially in tier two cities. With internet connectivity and digitalization in smaller parts of the nation, we are sure to see an economic growth. Today, data centers are only present in tier 1 cities of India and with operational costs, it is difficult for businesses in tier 2 cities to adopt even micro data centers. Once we see more data centers being set up in smaller cities, it will mean lower costs for businesses and they will move towards cloud or web-based applications. This will further improve the supply chain as businesses even at lowest levels will generate data that will eventually improvise their business.

In the past, our approach in terms of technology had been of a follower. India would always be 2 or 3 years behind the US or European countries in adopting and taking technology initiatives. With the government increasing investments in quantum technology, we hope to see a fast reduction in this gap and become a leader in the domain.”

Mukesh Kalra, Founder & CEO – ETMONEY

“The Finance Minister’s proposal to introduce a new tax regime is a great step towards giving equal chance to every Indian in lower income segment to maximize their post tax incomes. In the old regime, an individual supporting a larger family & negligible savings was forced to pay higher tax compared to an individual supporting a smaller family or one with no dependents. This created disparity when it came to effective taxation for the former group. In the new regime, the disparity ends & also frees up income in the hands of individuals to give a boost to consumption.”

Naveen Chava, CEO – IDSign

“With today’s union budget themed around three strong aspects- Aspirational India, Economic Development and Caring Society, the Government of India has reassured its promise in promoting the Indian startup ecosystem for a vibrant and inclusive economy. The proposals aimed at bringing fundamental structural reforms and digital governance such as setting up investment advisory cell online to help young entrepreneurs with faster clearance and launch of seed fund to support early-stage startups come as a major booster for the sector. The decision to relax much-awaited Esops is a laudable move which will now help startups to attract new talent pool. Additionally, the allocation of 3000 crore for development of skill India programme testifies the government’s urge to embrace the proliferation of future-readying technologies- Analytics, IoT, AI Quantum Computing and so on among rural youths to make them part of digital India. Also, the government’s step to mandate aadhaar-based verification on indirect taxes would certainly widen lucrative business opportunities for companies like us operating in the area of digital signing and verification management.”

Manish Sharma, President & CEO, Panasonic India & SA, Chairperson -Electronics & Manufacturing Committee, FICCI; Co-Chair – FICCI Energy Storage Committee

“Our honourable FM’s second Union Budget will help iron out some concerns for the Indian economy related to manufacturing, ease of doing business leading to make in India. From a consumer electronics industry perspective, the decision to encourage domestic manufacturing of mobiles and electronic goods in India is a welcome move while a definitive timeline would have helped further boost the industry sentiments. It is one of the vital steps towards establishing a robust ecosystem for domestic manufacturing while also giving a boost to exports. With the NIRVIK scheme, the SMEs stand to gain financial stability. We look forward to seamless implementation of this scheme to scale up manufacturing and developing an export hub.

Also, the Government push on enabling technology with regard to development of 5 new smart cities, setting up of data center parks, investment in quantum technology, will help establish India as new age economy. With increased focus of Panasonic on developing smart business solutions, we see a role for ourselves in driving this agenda.”


“There is a positive outlook towards what the budget brings, particularly with regards to the decisions on simplification of GST filing, extending tax rebates on the personal tax bracket for people with income up to 15 lakhs. With increase in disposable income, we hope this will drive consumption for the consumer durables industry too which experienced flat growth in this fiscal.

Further reduction in Corporate Tax for existing companies to 22% and for new at 15% and abolishment of dividend distribution tax making India a more attractive destination for investments.”

Ashish Arora, Director-Distribution, Viridian RED

“The Finance Minister’s announcement to boost the manufacturing of mobile phones and electronic equipment in the country is encouraging for the sector. Besides giving a fillip to domestic manufacturing it will create huge employment opportunities. At present, Uttar Pradesh is at the forefront of mobile production in India, with 13 out of 38 plants of the country located in the state. With an intention to give a boost to the booming mobile industry in India, Mobile Open Exchange Cluster (MOX) an initiative of the Uttar Pradesh Government and co-promoted by World Trade Centre Noida has been set up in Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway region which acts as a growth enabler for the mobile and ancillary sectors in the state. We eagerly await the detailed announcement that will reveal the true potential of the scheme.”

Ratheesh Rajagopal, Director, MCube Corporate Solution

”This budget is full of many small ideas but is short of a single big bang reform. Fiscal prudence won over popularism, again which is a good thing. There’s something for everyone, let’s see how it plays out. No audits for MSMEs upto 5cr, change in personal income tax slabs, removal of DDT and huge fund provisions for infrastructure is all welcome. Implementation is the key.”

Bhavin Turakhia, Founder & CEO, Flock

“We are delighted with the steps taken by the Government in the Union Budget towards providing an impetus to entrepreneurship and acknowledging that startups are major job creators. This year, the budget has allocated Rs. 3,000 crore for skill development, which will help in creating a future-ready workforce. The provision for setting up an investment clearance cell for entrepreneurs, an online portal to facilitate quicker business clearances, and a seed fund to support early-stage startups will all collectively attract foreign investment in Indian startups. At present, startup employees are required to pay tax whenever they sign up for ESOPs with a vesting schedule and also pay taxes on capital gains whenever they redeem their ESOPs. As a provisionary measure to this, the minister has proposed deferring the tax payment by five years, or until employees leave the company, or when they sell their shares—whichever is earlier. Additionally, we welcome the government’s move towards boosting emerging technologies such as the internet of things (IoT), machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics which will provide a filip to the country’s digital economy. We believe that with all of these measures, 2020 will be a great year for the Indian startup ecosystem.”

Munira Savai, Country Manager, QAD India

“The Union Budget 2020 has concentrated on the development of the country and has brought a positive sentiment to the economy as a whole. We are glad to know that the government has come up with an extensive plan to boost the manufacturing sector with the investment plan of almost Rs 22,000 crore for the infrastructure projects, that might also introduce emerging technologies targeting to strengthen the entire ecosystem. Also, the policy of setting up data center parks is set to open up new opportunities for tech services companies which will attract foreign investments to create an adequate infrastructure for all industry sectors. We are confident that these developments will drive significant growth for the entire sector.”

Vinu Cheriyan, CFO & Director Operations, Sennheiser India

“For 2020-2021 Union budget, the government has made some notable announcements that are aimed towards strengthening the industry and commerce sector. It also focuses on enhancing growth of youth with skill development. The allocation of Rs 27,300 crore for development of industry and commerce will help in the overall growth of the country. Government’s plans to announce a new scheme to encourage domestic manufacturing of mobile phones, electronics and semiconductor boards, to expand rural development using modern digital technologies to generate massive employment. Furthermore, allocating Rs 3,000 crore for the Skill India programme is also set to increase the skill based jobs in India. To further improve this and provide employment, 115 higher education institutions will also start apprenticeship from March 2021 which will benefit the youth of this country. This initiative will also help people in getting the appropriate jobs basis to their skillsets.

Focus on AI, Internet-of-Things (IoT), quantum computing, a policy to build data centre parks across the country will help in channelizing the explosion of digital technology in the country. With government’s emphasis to increase digital penetration and consumption of mobile, will further strengthen India’s internet potential. This allows for immense growth possibilities for the entertainment industry, further giving a push to the audio accessories industry.”

Ravi Goyal, Chairman & MD – AGS Transact Technologies Ltd

“The removal of dividend distribution tax will reassure the flow of FDI and make Indian equities more attractive. This year’s budget focused on entrepreneurship and early stage start-ups and the FM has provided a series of measures that will encourage Indian start-ups whilst focusing on positioning entrepreneurs as job creators. The overall focus on boosting transport infrastructure will help pursue greater commercialization of highways to raise finance operating road assets. Recent developments to promote digital payments such as zero MDR are pre budget announcements and there was an expectation of a clear roadmap from the government on supporting digital payments infrastructure given the sector will be a major catalyst towards achieving the $5.5 trillion target.”

Mr. Arun Nathani, CEO & MD, Cybage Software

“We see that the government has come up with a new charter. It is clearly an extension of ambitious schemes for all the industries. With G-sec ETF opening a new door for retail investors and abolishing DDT to generate a higher disposable income, we understand that the government is serious about making India a strong economy. I was happy to see that data and digital were at the core of this budget. As a technology company rooted in the Indian ecosystem, we welcome the government’s vision to build Data Centre Parks in the country. This initiative will put India on a growth path as a strong contender among the digital economies worldwide.”

Prashanth G J, CEO at TechnoBind

“The budget this time looks very encouraging. Among other things two areas stand out for me. Firstly the FM’s specific mention on recognising new disruptive technologies being an integral part of the economy is very welcome – this will give boost to players like us who are focused on Data and other new gen sectors like Fintech and IoT. Secondly the acknowledgement of liquidity crunch as a problem area and the eventual measures to alleviate this by the focus on NBFC sector and their lending prowess will go a long way in helping improving the business climate in the country.”

Ashis Guha, CEO at RAH Infotech

“All in all the Union Budget 2020 is a welcoming step towards enhancing India’s Digital Ecosystem. Significant investments in the space of cybersecurity, electronics manufacturing, and promotion of IT and IT- enabled services is indeed a great move. The corporate tax cut and benefits derived by new companies, along with improved GST collections, will increase the revenue generation. Initiatives like data center parks across the country, increased focus on BharatNet and National Mission on quantum technologies will boost employment, address skill shortage issue and definitely attract global investments to boost the overall economy. Overall the budget has fulfilled the aspirations of all, from common man to a business tycoon,”

Vartul Jain, SVP and Chief Financial Officer, GreyOrange

“It is heartening to see how this year’s Union Budget focuses on promoting India as an investment and innovation hub. Focus on entrepreneurship, skill development and supply chain economy as well as thrust on technology are important for the growth of the Government’s Digital India and Make in India programs.

Measures such as an Investment Clearance Cell, early stage fund and multiple tax rebates and relaxations for startups–will help widen their scope and provide more opportunities. From a business perspective, Government continues to extend its support to MSMEs and bolster their growth by allowing for debt restricting, all of which will help boost the entrepreneur ecosystem.

We also laud the Government’s focus on improving the supply chain economy. Measures such as geo-tag warehouses and establishment of efficient facilities at the block level will be key for ensuring zero wastage and optimizing resource allocation.

We are now excited to witness how the industry makes the most of these initiatives for entrepreneurship and drive innovation to further the spirit of India Vision 2025.”

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