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Union Budget is commendable as it decouples vision, policy from financial planning: Angel investor

India Blooms News Service | | 05 Mar 2016, 11:45 am
New Delhi, Mar 2 (IBNS): Ravi Kiran, angel investor and Co-Founder, VentureNursery has said the 2016 Budget, which was presented by Arun Jaitley on Monday is commendable as it decouples vision and policy from financial planning.
"Many Government programs initiated and announced earlier--rural income, agriculture, infrastructure, social sector, small businesses, housing--got financial action supporting them," Kiran said. 
He said, "Government’s emphasis on usage of technology in many areas – land records, educational degree certificates, agri produce procurement, new company registration and even income tax records is commendable. The Rs 1000 crore Higher Education Fund and the decision to make 20 higher education institutions world class could have a transformative outcome."
"It’s a Budget that aims to benefit our farmers, poor women, new employees, very small and small businesses. What’s good for the poor and the Economy cannot be bad for any business, including start-ups," said Kiran.
He said that while the one-day company registration, SC-ST entrepreneurship, are useful, they are not sufficient. Income Tax waiver for 3 years for start-ups, reduction of time frame for long term capital gains to 2 years, waiver of capital gains tax if the gains are invested in Government approved Funds, and if the investment is made by an individual in a company majority owned by him, all look good as head line thoughts, but aren’t meaningful in the real world.
"Measures to give fillip to start-ups reflect inadequate understanding of the start-up ecosystem by our policy makers," Kiran said.
"The budget lacks any real attempt to increase the base of angel investors and corporate angels, and introduce incentives for people to take high risks and invest in disruption and innovation," added Kiran, who in his personal capacity has been an angel investor for 4 years.