Auto sector seeks special package to save industry from Covid-19 crisis
A few automobile producers have supported the decision of PM Narendra Modi to inject Rs.20 lakh crore financial package announced on 12th May, 2020. Most of them still want to see a particular stimulus program aimed at reviving the automobile sector. They is seeking to recover from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recession that has struck the sector from last year. The overwhelming reaction will go a long road ahead towards strengthening the Indian economy and preparing it for post-pandemic revival. It will also help business initiatives to get millions of Indian people back to work safely and mitigate the spread of the COVID-19.
Problems faced by the auto sector:
It is recognized that the automobile industry is a big pillar of the Make in India and contributes a significant part of the country’s GDP. The sector often provides job opportunities for thousands of individuals and utilizes an unaccented supply chain. As indicated by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the Indian automotive sector registered a decrease of more than 18 percent in sales of 2,15,48,494 units and a decline of 15 percent in vehicle yield to 2,63,62,284 units in FY20. CV revenue over this time fell by 28.75 percent to 7,17,688 units year-on-year. A release from SIAM reported that the automobile industry was bleeding Rs. 2,300 Crore regularly. The economic plan will also provide funding for the auto sector which will be of great benefit.
While these factories now have the freedom to restart dealerships and begin manufacturing again, they remain handicapped as they can not run at 100 percent. The staff at such plants has declined dramatically as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Without a doubt, the last few months have been tough for not just the people of India, but also the international automotive sector. Though, the Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, has assured India of a policy of scrapping cars, there is no guarantee as to the other demands raised by the sector so far. Having been economically ineffective over the last few months, particularly in April, when auto firms have for the first time reported zero sales in history. This economic stimulus package could be the only thing expected to get the business back to its original state.
The package revealed by the Prime Minister will arrive as a significant boost to the auto sector, particularly during this lock down. However, with this recent plan, events may be turned around shortly. Many automotive manufactures and regulators of the auto sector have come forward in favor of the proposal. Economic assistance will be required to restore what remains of the automotive sector following the pandemic.
The Rs 20 Lakh Crore package involves the Reserve Bank’s liquidity initiatives and interest rate cuts, as well as the Rs 1.7 Lakh Crore Free Food Grains to Poor and cash to Poor Women declared in March. Although, the March stimulus amounted to 0.8% of GDP, RBI’s interest rate reductions and liquidity enhancing initiatives amounted to 3.2% of GDP. The package will concentrate on laws, liquidity, property, labour. It would include various sectors, including the agricultural industry, the middle class, small and medium-sized businesses, and employees. Self-reliant India will stand on five pillars viz demand, technology-driven system, vibrant demography, infrastructure, and economy. The package accounts for around 10 % of GDP, rendering it one of the highest in the country. India has been on the scientific front in the war against Covid-19.
According to SIAM President Rajan Wadhera, this will indeed provide the right stimulus for the market and rise of our economy. The automotive sector is a solid base of Make in India with major contributions to GDP and employment, and it relies on its supply chain. The package can give tax cuts to small scale and medium-sized organizations and open doors for improving local interest. Anand Mahindra, Chairman of the Mahindra Company, expressed gratitude toward Prime Minister Narendra Modi of a need to render India self-reliant and the 20 Lakh Crore financial package. The introduction of this package to the tune of 10 % of GDP can help all segments of the economy. Indian auto manufacturers have proposed multiple measures to restart the market, such as a temporary tax cut on automobiles, as well as proposals to scrap old vehicles.
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