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IT production sees ₹6,369.43 crore of investment

Posted: 03 Mar 2016     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IT production  make in India  digital India 

₹6,369.43 crore worth of investment from IT hardware manufacturers in the next 12-18 months are to be expected given that the duty structure for products like routers, step-top-box for Internet is implemented.

"The change in duty structure will encourage manufacturing of consumer premise equipment such as modems, routers, digital video recorders, set-top-boxes and IP cameras. We expect ₹6,369.43 crore (US$1 billion) worth of investment inflows for their local production," MAIT Vice President Nitin Kunkolienker said in a statement.

He said that prices of these products would go down by 8 per cent in the first year itself and by 10 per cent over 18 months.

The Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT) expressed its concern on government, meeting only partial demand of industry in light of the government's recent announcement on imposing tax on IT accessories that are high in demand and waiving taxes on parts.

"Budget 2016 has met our demands partially and will help the Indian ICT industry move from assembly to the next level of manufacturing. However, certain products have been missed out, most notably laptops and notebooks and populated Printed Circuit Boards," MAIT Executive Director Anwar Shirpurwala said.

He said that in order to create an effective IT-ESDM manufacturing supply chain, it is very important to exclude populated PCBs from the purview of nil rate of duty, that is, the levy of 12.5 per cent counter-veiling duty and 4 per cent special additional duty, where such differential duty benefit is currently extended.

The IT industry body also expressed concern on reduction of research and development incentives in the budget.

"We are disappointed with announcement of R&D incentives reducing because this move could be detrimental in building India as an innovation hub. I strongly urge the government to reconsider this move, as any restrictions on the R&D ecosystem are likely to decelerate innovation and restrain the ambitious Make in India and Digital India vision," MAIT President Debjani Ghosh said.





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