The Union Budget will boost the order pipeline for the infrastructure sector, but the pace of implementation and execution of the big-bang capital expenditure plan announced by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1 will be key to success, said R Shankar Raman, chief financial officer of Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T). Some ongoing issues in the infrastructure sector, like dispute resolution and pace of ordering, need to be addressed to help the industry accelerate growth, Raman told Moneycontrol’s Rachita Prasad. Raman also spoke about the opportunities and risks and how L&T is preparing for 2022-23. Pushing project execution, managing people and closing the divestment of its non-core assets is on the top of the agenda for the engineering giant. Edited excerpts: The Union Budget made a big commitment to capex . What is your key takeaway for the infrastructure sector? The Rs 7.5 lakh crore is generous. The good part of the allocation is … [Read more...] about Interview | Budget plan implementation, faster dispute mechanism key to infrastructure growth: L&T CFO
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The Union Budget for 2022-23 (FY23) announced on February 1 is clearly prepared within tough fiscal constraints. The backdrop for the Budget is defined by a steeply elevated public debt hovering near 90 percent for the general government (i.e., central and states together) and a significant shortfall of the order of 55.4 percent in the expected privatisation receipts during FY22. Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for achieving Aatmanirbhar Bharat has received an excellent response, with the potential to create 60 lakh new jobs and additional production of 30 lakh crore during the next Keycap digit five years. Moreover, additional spending on subsidies over the budgeted estimates — especially food (up 18 percent) and fertiliser (up 76.2 percent) subsidies — has gone up significantly during FY22 on account of elevated commodity prices and shortages. Allocation for MGNREGA scheme too had to be increased by 34.2 percent during FY22 from the budgeted Rs 730 billion to Rs … [Read more...] about Budget 2022 | Government strikes a fine balance between growth and fiscal consolidation
Adani group's stocks have nosedived after the Hindenburg report's release The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is looking into the details of banks' exposure to Adani group companies and has sought the present status of these loans, people familiar with the matter told Moneycontrol . The RBI has already reached out to some of the major banks which are the lenders to the group and is engaging with lenders to verify the exposure details, one of the persons quoted above said. The Adani group companies have seen shares plummeting following a recent research report by a short-seller which followed the cancellation of group's Rs 20000 crore follow on share sale. An email sent to Adani group seeking a response to this story remained unanswered till the press time. A separate email sent to the RBI too seeking official comment didn't elicit any response. According to a report by CLSA, bank debt that include term loans, working capital and other facilities form just 38 percent of … [Read more...] about RBI looking at banks’ exposure to Adani group companies, seeks present status: Sources
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Internet advertising was born of the idea that a host of services and information would be available free in return for the ability to collect data from consumers in order to serve them better ads or search results. Yet that ideal “contract” with consumers has, in many cases, turned into a “faustian bargain” at the cost of personal privacy. Data, provided by consumers most often without their informed consent, is at the heart of the staggering rise in Internet Advertising. Digital advertising spending worldwide amounted to $521.02 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach $876 billion by 2026, according to Statista, with marketers spending more on digital platforms than any other media format. Privacy legislation like Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) have attempted to even the playing field to provide consumers more control over their personal information. … [Read more...] about Can John Roa’s Caden Solve The Internet Advertising Privacy Problem?
This has been a pragmatic budget which, on one hand, strikes a delicate balance by focusing on inclusive development, supporting small businesses, boosting income for the middle class, reducing compliances and promoting entrepreneurship. The endeavour of the Union Budget presented by the finance minister on February 1 is to create opportunities for citizens in an inclusive manner, with emphasis on growth and job creation, along with strengthening the macroeconomic stability. It aims to provide a further impetus to India’s growth story by introducing new tax measures which will, certainly, uplift the entrepreneurial spirit and will provide relief to the citizens. Decoding Tax Sops For Individuals Battered by rising inflation, India had high expectations from this Budget, especially when it comes to tax payments and reforms. Currently, those with income up to Rs 5 lakh do not pay any income tax. This rebate has been increased to Rs 7 lakh in the new tax regime, which means … [Read more...] about How Budget 2023 benefits the middle class, startups and MSMEs