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Jairam Ramesh welcomes reduction in corporate tax rate, doubts if investment will revive

The government's move, he said, does nothing to dispel the fear that pervades in the country

By PTI in New Delhi

  • Published 20.09.19, 1:20 PM
  • Updated 20.09.19, 1:23 PM
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh Telegraph file photo

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Friday welcomed the reduction in corporate tax rate but expressed doubts on whether the step will revive investment.

The government's move, he said, does nothing to dispel the fear that pervades in "India Inc."

"A headline-it is afflicted, panic-stricken Modi sarkar has cut corporate tax rates less than three months after a budget and four months before the next one. This is welcome but it is doubtful whether investment will revive. This does nothing to dispel fear that pervades in India Inc'," he said on Twitter.

The government on Friday slashed the income tax rate for companies by almost 10 percentage points to 25.17 per cent and offered a lower rate to 17.01 per cent for new manufacturing firms to boost economic growth rate from a six-year low by incentivising investments to help create jobs.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the reduction in tax rates has been done by promulgating an ordinance to an amendment to the Income Tax Act.

Reserve Bank of India governor Shaktikanta Das has welcomed the government's announcement to slash corporate tax across the board and termed the same as a bold move, which should benefit all sectors.

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