Economic slowdown: No big-bang fiscal stimulus likely

The statements underscore the government’s discomfiture to loosen its purse strings in a big way, given the ‘limited fiscal space’ amid subdued tax collection growth. Nevertheless, it will likely opt for targeted interventions in critical sectors like auto, MSMEs and infrastructure. Also, it could front-load its spending to spur demand.


Indirect tax dispute resolution scheme notified – Details here

It provides substantial relief in tax dues for all categories of cases as well as full waiver of interest, fine and penalty. In all these cases, there would be no other liability of interest, fine or penalty. There is also a complete amnesty from prosecution.


Debt servicing: Govt cuts tax burden on stressed power plants

Ten power plants had won 25-year coal linkages of 27.2 MTPA in the first round of Shakti auctions where bidders quoting the highest discount to its existing tariffs were allowed to choose their preferred source of coal supply from eight available sources.