Vivek Bhatia, MD & CEO, thyssenkrupp Industries India
“The Union Budget for 2021-22 presented by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today, has introduced many reforms benefiting the manufacturing, infrastructure and automobile sector along with the announcement of additional PLI schemes. The government aims to spend Rs 1.97 lakh crore on various PLI schemes over the next five years to boost the manufacturing sector. This will attract global players in the Indian manufacturing sector, as the government is planning to offer plug-and- play infrastructure to the companies willing to come to India. In the automobile sector, the introduction of the Scrapping policy will be a game-changer for the auto-component segment. Under this policy, all private vehicles beyond 20 years and commercial vehicles older than 15 years will have to undergo a fitness test, which will provide many opportunities for the auto-component manufacturers. Besides, the holistic approach towards creating AtmaNirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojona with an outlay of Rs 64,000 crores for the next six years is a big step towards bringing back the health of the country.
For the year 2022, more economic corridors are planned to boost road infrastructure with capital expenditure at 5.54 lakh crore. Also, the government’s aim to complete 11,000 km of national highway infrastructure this year will encourage and offer a positive relief to the related sectors. With this, we have already started observing that the increased outlays in road sector, infrastructure development, railways, gas pipeline development will create major boost to the V – shaped recovery. We also expect strong growth to continue in the cement and mining sectors driven by recent policy initiatives which are further reinforced through the budget today. Besides, chemicals and power sectors which are critical for us, should also grow strongly given the support from the government. We welcome all the policies announced in today’s budget and we are very positive that it will put Indian manufacturing sector back on an aggressive growth trajectory after a pandemic induced setback.”