Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the Union Budget 2022-23 in Parliament on Tuesday, announced that spectrum auctions will be carried out this year. It will take place this year. It will make it easier for private telecom providers to launch next-generation telecoms services in fiscal year (FY) ’23, she added.
Sitharaman also stated that as part of the Production Linked Incentive Scheme, the scheme for design-led manufacturing will create a strong ecosystem for 5G. (PLI). Under the BharatNet project, the central government will also award contracts for laying optical fibre in all villages, including remote areas, in 2022 and 2023.
This will be done through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme, and it is expected to be completed by 2025.
As India, Asia’s third-largest economy, emerges from a pandemic-induced slump, the Union finance minister also said on Tuesday that her budget for 2022-23 will use public investment to lay the groundwork for economic growth. The government has projected growth at 8 per cent to 8.5 per cent compared with an estimated 9.2 per cent for the current fiscal year and a 6.6 per cent contraction the previous year.
“The overall sharp rebound and recovery of the economy are reflective of our country’s strong resilience,” Sitharaman said, as she began her budget speech in parliament that will lay out spending, tax collections, and the fiscal deficit.
Shares rose in the run-up to the federal budget on expectations of greater public spending.
Concerns, though, have risen about inflation and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs as a result of the pandemic’s disruptions. Sitharaman expressed sympathy for those who were affected by the health and economic consequences of Covid-19, which ravaged India during the second wave last year.