Thursday, July 04, 2019

Budget 2019: 'UDAN needs attention this Budget'

We are optimistic and hopeful that the government will continue to be open-minded and maintain
the impetus of its past initiatives while bringing necessary reformations to further enable the
aviation sector. The Regional connectivity Scheme titled UDAN needs particular attention and
allocation in this Budget. Increased digital penetration in the last few years has been one of the
biggest contributors to the rise of the Indian travel industry.
So, we expect the budget to sustain and accelerate India’s digital journey. We also hope that the
Government will bring necessary provisions to accommodate four dierent slabs under ‘One GST
Rate’ in this budget. Simplifying input credit mechanism on air and accommodation services
including big-ticket transactions like travel bookings, along with processes like GST filing, will
provide a fillip to the sector.
As this sector is one of the most organized and tax compliant industries in India, we further hope
that the Government will take necessary actions to remit or remove TCS entirely. This will alleviate
the unnecessary financial burden on the airlines and the OTA’s which will translate to passengers
getting superior aviation services at lesser fares.
04/07/19 Mr.Indroneel Dutt, CFO, Cleartrip/Deccan Herald

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