Union Budget 2021-22 News
The government in September 2019 slashed corporate tax rate for companies that do not avail of any tax incentive, to 22 per cent. New manufacturing companies have to pay at an even lower corporate tax rate of 15 per cent. The Budget 2022-23 presented on February 1 proposed that the concessional 15 per cent corporate tax rate would be available for one more year till March 2024.
Sitharaman had acknowledged that hospitality firms are yet to regain their pre-pandemic level of business. NRAI President Kabir Suri, however, said the extension of the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) till March 2023 may ease current liquidity issues. Suri said the restaurant industry was eagerly looking at some immediate liquidity support like restoration of input tax credit (ITC) on GST.
Ritwik Bahuguna said that chemical-free farming should be promoted across the country. He added that post-harvest value addition for key commodities requires targeted production linked incentives. Kunal Kislay said technological intervention in the agricultural sector will open a new door of opportunities for agritech.