Dr. G. Viswanathan, Founder & Chancellor, VIT University, speaking at a discussion on Union Budget 2017-18 in Chennai said that the University has been carrying out budget analysis for the past 16 years, to create a healthy unifying atmosphere to debate and discuss issues from the point of view of public interest, concerning, corruption, tax evasion and growth of agriculture. He pointed out that there are certain beneficial features like an enhancement for rural employment, promotion of agricultural growth, including credit to the tune of Rs.10 Lakh Crores in the current year’s budget.
S. Gurumurthy, Columnist, Editor of Thuglak magazine presented a contrast between growth and employment generation and called for a solutions-based approach rather than a mere criticism-oriented review of the budget.
M. S. Sundara Rajan, Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) stressed on the need for looking at multiple modes of transportation – including railway, roadways and waterways complementing one another. He stated that advancement of the date of the budget would provide early implementation from the first day of the forthcoming financial year.
N. K. Ranganath, Confederation of Indian Industry, (CII) highlighted the features like ‘more drop per crop’ in agricultural productivity.
C.H. Venkatachalam, National Executive Member, Communist Party of India (CPI) questioned to the extent to which the goals of demonetization such as the elimination of corruption, counterfeits have been achieved; He also wondered the mechanisms by which NPAs would be addressed.
Dr. Venkatesh B. Athreya, Professor of Economics and State Committee Member, CPM stated that the central budget tends to influence about one-seventh of our GDP. He said that the advancement of the date of budget causes the database to become weaker as it takes only two quarters’ data into consideration.
Palanivel Thiagarajan, MLA, DMK, differentiated between progressive and regressive taxation. The former commented that while stated ambitions are fantastic, the ability to deliver them tends to appear less and less credible. He suggested that the Government should adopt a “first-do-no—harm” approach to budgeting.
Dr. E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan, Former Union Minister, outlined the sound basis on which planning commissions were run. He stated the points were only the highlighted data from various departments, rather than details.
K. Kanagasabapathi, Spokesperson, State BJP, Tamil Nadu said that the budget reflected the Government’s commitment to boost employment guarantee and the social sector. He reiterated the three-fold objectives such as Transforming the quality of Governance, Energizing the sections of youth & the vulnerable and enabling the people to unleash their potentials.
Dr. Anand A Samuel, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. P.Gunasekaran, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr. P.T. Manoharan, Additional Registrar, VIT University, Dr. D. Ashok, Dean, VIT Business School, Dr. Kalyani Rangarajan, Professor, felicitated the speakers. Prof. K.T. Rangamani, Senior Professor, VIT Business School presented the welcome address. Prof. Anuradha, Program Chair, VIT Business School proposed the vote of thanks.
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