New Governments, New Expectations
IT partners are coming up with their wish lists for the new governments
IT partners are coming up with their wish lists for the new governments
New Govt has come but we need some time, then we will score a demand or take some action, as it is too early to comment
The elections are over across five states and the new governments have started operating in full scale. While Didi and Amma beat anti-incumbency handsomely to come back in Bengal and Tamil Nadu respectively, LDF regained power in Kerala after one term and BJP-led NDA treaded uncharted territories with victory in Assam. The IT markets in these states were generally happy with the results and expect growth to continue with the new governments.
ASSAM CHANNEL PARTNERS EXPECTS IT DEVELOPMENT WITH NEW NDA GOVT.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bagged its name in the electoral history of Assam when Sarbananda Sonowal took the oath of office as the first BJP chief minister of the state. Ten other ministers were also sworn in at a ceremony following elections that gave Assam its first majority government of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the swearing-in, along with senior leaders and Union ministers of the party. During the ceremony Modi said the Union government will work along with the Assam government for the development of the state. The DQ Week interacted with few IT partners in Assam and got to know that IT community is really excited and happy on the victory of BJP led NDA and hoping lots of digitalisation and development in the field of IT sector.
Deepak Chaudhury, Eastern Technology Group, Guwahati said, “We are facing lot of business problems due to online challenges. Online is a major threat in our business practice. Our next government should think about this online challenge in IT market. Also, government should develop IT hub in Assam. IT infrastructure should develop strategies for hike for the IT market. We are sure NDA will grab this opportunity and will keep their eyes in development of Assam and IT sector”.
Sajal Das, Director, SOFTDTA reacted on the same and said, “With a BJP government at the centre, the government should perform. The Lok Sabha elections are due in 2019 which gives the state government a little over two years to show results and fulfil the promises it made. We are also expecting the progrmme Digital India executed and implemented by central government will also beneficial for Assam as well”.
FUTURE BRIGHT: IT PARTNERS WELCOME DIDI AGAIN AS CM FOR WEST BENGAL
After the result has come out for legislative assembly election in West Bengal on May 19, All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC) under Mamata Banerjee was reelected with an enhanced majority contesting alone and is the first ruling party to win without an ally since 1962 in West Bengal. Like in 2011 election, the poll is being held in six phases and AITMC has got 211 seats out of 294. There was a dramatic change in majority by AITMC and taking this forward, IT partners in West Bengal appreciating, welcoming and supporting the decision of democracy.
In an exclusive interview with The DQ Week, Channel partners of West Bengal shared their views on Election result in WB.
Pawan Jajodia, Proprietor, Mohit electronics and Past President, Computer Association of Eastern India (COMPASS) said “IT partners in WB are happy and excited with the assembly election result. As per the IT perspective, we are expecting that VAT on some networking products that has charged at 14.5% should reduce to 5%. That will really give lots of support in terms of maintaining margins for channel partners”.
Rajat Saboo, COMPASS (Computer Association of Eastern India) President added, “Government should think about the development and industrialisation in West Bengal. Planting new industries in the state will increase the demand of IT products. There are some MNC’s are looking to invest in Bengal will surely boom the IT market and employment in WB”.
Neeraj Agarwal, Secretary, COMPASS said, “AITMC had their manifesto ‘Industry Growth in Bengal’ at the time of their campaigning. But it was not specified that Industry growth has to take place in IT sector. So we are really appreciating the manifesto of the newly elected government if there is some for IT sector as well. Industrialization will play a major role in growth in IT market in WB. Also, without migrating to another city, new generation will get employment after the setting up of industries in Bengal”.
KERALA PARTNERS HAVE ISSUES, WAITING FOR NEW GOVT TO ACT
Elections are over in Kerala. Out of 140 seats, majority win goes to CPI(M) with 58 seats. CPI(M) Pinarayi Vijayan sworn in as new CM. Keralite IT partners are patiently waiting for new Govt to take actions in IT sector and are willing to give time. Here are some reactions of IT partners catched on telephonic chat.
While James Joseph of All Kerala IT Dealers Association said, “We expect growth in IT market but we can’t say what new Govt. is going to do for us, so we are looking forward.”
Gelix George of Digital World, Thrissur said, “New Govt has come but we need some time, then we will score a demand or take some action, as it is too early to comment, but, we have lot of issues, not only regarding state Govt, but also we have various issues which are needed to address.”
Guru Infosys owner Baijlesh Krishna of Kottayam is expecting Govt to give a solution to online issue, he said,”we welcome new Govt, and we are looking forward to see what steps they will take for IT sector, we expect that Govt will take a look on Online issue we are having as our offline business is badly effected.”
TAMIL NADU PARTNERS EXPECT TAX RELIEF
In Tamilnadu AIADMK has bettered its vote share. Elections were held only to 232 out of the 234 Assembly constituencies. AIADMK bagged 134 seats while DMK got 89 seats.
IT partners in Tamilnadu wants government to give relief in taxes, Ravishankaran, President of Tirupur IT association said, “We are facing problems with online issue, people selling online, deals with other states to induce in Tamilnadu and due to this sales tax is not paid to local government, we have to address this issue. Sales tax in state is 5% while CEC is 2%, for eg Online store is dealing Bengaluru to Tamilnadu then state govt is loosing 5% of sales tax. And we also can’t compete to online stores as we are paying double amount of taxes.”
Aimm Computers, owner, P. Shanmugam told us,” We want GST to come as soon as possible as we are having issues with taxes, service tax and VAT doubles are burden in doing business.”
Kumar P of Albedo systems is happy what state Government has already done for IT sector, he said,” the Govt has done a very good job in IT activities, there is no problems.”
Some IT partners are doing business peacefully and are satisfied with what market is offering them. Venugopal of Indicom Systems, Thiruvananthapuram said “Right now it is difficult to say anything as new Govt will start working, we have to give them some time”
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