The market rallied after media reports suggested that the government is likely to roll back recently-imposed higher tax on foreign portfolio investors (FPIs).
The government is looking for ways to ease concerns of foreign portfolio investors that have pulled out of Indian equity markets after a budget announcement of higher taxes for individuals and trusts earning more than 20 million rupees a year
Foreign portfolio investors are a baffled lot. The trouble is the increase in tax surcharge doesn’t sit well with government’s stated intention of making India an investment hotspot.
The Union Budget 2016 does have benefit of large savings on fuel subsidy due to lower oil prices.
Here are the key headlines of the day:
Palaniappan Chidambaram unveiled a very safe and sensible Budget 2013-14. There were no flashy announcements and the focus was on cutting the excess flab.
Union Budget is a non-event for the market and not worthy of the expectations that P Chidambaram might have stoked in his commentary in the past.
Tax experts believe briging 'super rich tax' may turn out to be a futile exercise as it will lead to higher tax evasion.