FMCG companies pin hopes on growth oriented Budget 2017

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After taking a demonetisation hit, FMCG companies are pinning hopes on a growth oriented Budget to see a revival in consumer confidence and create demand both in urban and rural markets.

“We are expecting a growth-oriented Budget with various stimuli to revive consumer confidence… Proactive reforms to stimulate demand by increasing the money in the hands of the emerging middle class and rural India, this will help bring FMCG growth back on track,” Godrej Consumer Products Ltd Managing Director Vivek Gambhir told PTI.

Kolkata-based Emami too is expecting a growth oriented budget “to boost consumption, increase public investment, promote digitisation, broaden tax base and lead higher growth” and improvement of business sentiments.

“It Budget 2017 Date should aim at clarifying policies particularly with respect to GAAR, POEM, and GST etc. As with every other Budget, restraining deficits and delivering higher growth is going to be a great challenge,” said Emami CFO & CEO Finance Strategy & Business Development N. H Bhansali.

He further said: “While tax rates are expected to reduce with increased basic exemption limits, but tax payer’s base is expected to broaden. Ease of doing business would be another focus area in currently subdued business environment. Agriculture, infrastructure and service sectors are also expected to get due attention and support.”

Marico too is looking for a Budget in which the government would focus on boosting the rural sector and agricultural productivity besides providing benefits to the salaried taxpayers in order to increase disposable income in the urban markets, which would drive consumption.

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