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Budget a 'missed' opportunity for India: Nasscom

July 05, 2019 21:56 IST

Nasscom, however, lauded the government's intent to enhance digital skills and commitment to train 10 million young professionals in emerging fields like artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), big data, robotics and 3D-printing.

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IT industry body Nasscom on Friday said the Budget remained silent on bringing in a conducive policy for special economic zones and termed it a 'missed opportunity' for the country.

"One key exclusion in the Budget was a conducive policy for special economic zones (SEZ), leaving it as a missed opportunity for India as other countries continue to provide benefits to enterprises.

 

“The SEZ benefits shall end in March 2020, but there is no clarity on the new SEZ policy or an indication of what is to come," Nasscom said in a statement.

It pointed out that a consistent demand from the industry has been a forward-looking SEZ policy to strengthen India's position as a global hub for IT services.

"This sector contributes 7.9 per cent to the GDP and is one of its largest contributors, and creates around four million jobs, hence, a lack of incentives will impact India's image...," it added.

The software body had earlier urged the government to continue the tax incentives to units in SEZs beyond March 2020, saying that such a move will provide the industry with certainty and enable its players to invest in long-term strategy.

The association - which represents the over $ 150-billion Indian IT industry - Friday said the Budget sets the right vision for achieving $ 5-trillion economy target, but the next steps need to be outlined in detail for the realisation of this goal.

Nasscom also lauded the government's intent to enhance digital skills and commitment to train 10 million young professionals in emerging fields like artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), big data, robotics and 3D-printing.

"The IT industry, for its part, is geared to partner with the government to enable skills training in AI, IoT, big data analytics, 3D printing, virtual reality and robotics - highly valued skills within and outside the country," Nasscom Chairman and WNS Group CEO Keshav R Murugesh said.

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