Union Budget lacks immediate demand booster for auto sector: FADA
Automobile dealers body FADA on Saturday said the government's focus on agriculture, irrigation and rural development in the Union Budget will have a rub-off effect on rural demand in the next 3-4 months if all the measures are implemented immediately.
It will also give a fillip to rural auto demand, especially two-wheelers, tractors and small commercial vehicles, Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) President Ashish Harsharaj Kale said in a statement.
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Though it is an inclusive budget, it lacks immediate demand boosters, he said, adding, it is "disappointing" that as part of auto ecosystem, no direct benefits for the automobile industry have been announced in the FY2021 budget.
"On the other hand, liquidity support for NBFCs will act as a confidence booster for them to lend, helping the auto sector," he added.
A budget allocation for an attractive incentive-based scrappage policy would have been a demand booster for commercial vehicles and also a positive for a cleaner environment and road safety, he said.
The continued focus on infrastructure and especially highways will support CV demand at current levels till high growth revival, Kale said. Also, an indication of rationalisation of GST rates in automobiles would have also brought much respite for the industry which is stumbling under extensive stress for more than a year now, Kale said.
The personal income tax rates under the new regime, if are net tax positive for the taxpayers will act as an immediate sentiment booster, especially for the two-wheeler and entry level passenger vehicles, FADA said.