Investment in Infra, Railway and Discoms will Boost Electrical Equipment Industry: IEEMA

Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA) welcomed the Union Budget announced by the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, as a balanced budget. It focused on India’s infrastructure boost and also emphasised on steps that the government will take to strengthen the Discoms.

February 02, 2021. By News Bureau

Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA) welcomed the Union Budget announced by the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, as a balanced budget. It focused on India’s infrastructure boost and also emphasised on steps that the government will take to strengthen the Discoms. 

In the extremely trying circumstances of Pandemic and lockdown, with significant contraction in the Indian economy as also in the Global economy, the Government has presented the Union budget, keenly balancing its outlay between social, infrastructure and industrial sector. The Finance Minister had an onerous task to kick start the economy and her emphasis on infrastructure spend reflects the classical Keynesian model.

Reacting on the budget Anil Saboo, President – IEEMA, said, “a figure of Rs 3.05 lakh crore will be invested in Discoms for improvement of feeder separation, prepaid Smart Metering and upgradation of systems. This investment will improve the functioning of Discoms and help in improving their health and viability.”

Vijay Karia, Vice President – IEEMA opined, “A record sum of Rs. 1.1 Lakh crore is assigned for Railways, of which Rs. 1.07 Lakh Crore is given for capital expenditure. Project imports Benefit is also being extended to All High-Speed Railway projects, which will boost the electrical equipment sector and bring new opportunities for electrical equipment manufacturers. We heartily welcome this investment in the lifeline of the Nation.”

Neeraj Nanda, Vice President – IEEMA mentioned, “The manufacturing industry was severely hit by steep rise in price of commodities, especially Steel. Reduction of Customs duty uniformly to 7.5% on semis, flat, and long products of non-alloy, alloy will provide some relief to the manufacturers.”

Yogendra Agarwal, Chairman, Economic & Taxation Committee – IEEMA stated, “The Budget 2021 carries forward the Government’s endeavour to simplify taxation, make tax structure in line with spirit of AatmNirbhar Bharat and exhibits increased confidence in honest taxpayers.”

Sunil Misra, Director General – IEEMA cited, “Giving consumer the choice of more than one Discom will set into motion competition amongst monopolistic companies, which will boost efficiency and accountability. This will be good for their own health also.”

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