Budget 2021: Will the FM be able to help boost the pandemic-hit economy?

It is Budget day. Later today, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present India’s first-ever paperless Budget, and we are ready.

It is Budget day. Later today, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present India’s first-ever paperless Budget, and we are ready.

Describing it as an ‘unprecedented’ Budget, Sitharaman said this would be one of the most crucial Budgets in modern India’s history as the country attempts to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

After all, for the first time, the government is tasked with bolstering an economy when the demand for goods and services remains sluggish while tax collections remain a challenge.

Almost every sector has outlined their own expectations from the Budget, and it is to be seen whether the government can help boost the economy after what has been a difficult year, due to the economic slowdown, followed by the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While fintech entrepreneurs say that India’s pandemic-hit economy needs big-bang reforms to navigate its way out of its first recession in four decades, edtech startups want tax sops and a range of other reform measures to grow the online learning sector.

On the other hand, startup investors are looking forward to lower taxes, easing of regulations to encourage foreign investments, and more.

For a complete multimedia coverage of Budget 2021, visit YourStory's Budget 2021 page.

The Interview

With the IMF predicting that the Indian economy will grow at over 11 percent in 2021, in step with the findings of the Economic Survey of 2020-21, the Indian startup ecosystem is looking towards the Union Budget 2021 for the much-needed boost. This brings an increased focus on capital infusion into Indian startups and the provisions of making an exit without losing on tax exemptions.

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