The Budget focussed on bringing about a sustainable change for the country by promoting a more digital economy, ease of doing business, introducing measures to help the rural and agricultural sectors through NABARD and creating opportunities for the youth. Here are the key highlights for businesses from this year’s Budget session.
The Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SME’s) industry in the country is teeming with a multitude of businesses. The government has introduced a number of schemes to empower this sector and encourage indigenous products. However, these businesses are often oblivious to the variety of schemes running and lose out on substantial benefits. One such scheme that helps with tax saving is the R&D Tax Credit Scheme that was introduced to encourage small businesses to take risks and invest in research and development (R&D).
In a country riddled with bureaucracy and corruption, a move by the government in 2006 that promised support to the MSME industry was a breath of fresh air. The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act (MSMED Act) of 2006 was enacted with great hope and promise. Its primary aim was to promote and develop this nascent industry while increasing competitiveness within it. It’s been a decade since, but has the act really benefitted SMEs in India?