With efforts to attract new investments in the COVID-19-stricken economy, India is working on offering production-linked incentives for up to five sectors to boost domestic manufacturing, a top finance ministry official said.
Asia’s third-largest economy is expected to contract by as much as 10 percent in the current fiscal year beginning April, some private economists’ estimate, after the outbreak crippled business and consumer activity since late March, compared to government’s earlier target of about 6 percent growth.
The government has announced a raft of measures including direct food subsidy to nearly 810 million people and credit guarantees of 3 trillion rupees ($40.17 billion) on loans to small businesses.
Tarun Bajaj, economic affairs secretary at the Ministry of Finance, told a virtual conference that incentives would be offered to sectors to push manufacturing and help struggling industries.
The government earlier announced production linked incentives for large scale electronic goods makers for five years, to attract investments in mobile phone manufacturing and electronic component units.
Incentives have also been announced for pharmaceutical companies for production of bulk drugs and on medical devices.
Speaking at a virtual conference organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on Thursday, finance ministry official said the government was expecting a “V” shape economic recovery beginning next fiscal year.
Industry and government sources said sectors such as textile and food processing manufacturers could be offered production linked incentives.
The latest data on 14-15 economic indicators including railway freight and tax collections showed a pick up in economic activities, Bajaj said, adding the government was open to borrow more from the market to meet spending targets for infrastructure projects.