Indian industry on Wednesday expressed disappointment over Finance Minister P Chidambaram's Budget for 2007-08, raising concerns over lack of measures to increase productivity and for losing an opportunity to provide relief to the corporate sector.
"This budget is disappointing as there has been no steps announced to increase productivity in agriculture, electricity and other sectors which are not producing up to their potential," CII President R Sesashayee said.
He pointed out since revenues from peak customs and excise were increasing, this could have been a time to reduce excise duty to 20 per cent, if not 15 per cent overall, which would have been in line with Kelkar Committee Report.
Ficci President Habil Khorakiwala said a wrong signal has gone to the corporate world as the government has increased cess and dividend distribution tax.
"One does not understand how the multiple taxes should be charged. I think the feeling of the chamber is that the Finance Minister has lost an opportunity of providing relief to the corporate world," Khorakiwala said.