Start-up India good way to spend taxpayers’ money: poll

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid out an action plan for start-up enterprises, proposing self-certification related to nine labour and environment laws and said no government inspectors will visit start-ups in the first three years after their launch. Photo: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid out an action plan for start-up enterprises, proposing self-certification related to nine labour and environment laws and said no government inspectors will visit start-ups in the first three years after their launch. Photo: PTI

A majority of the respondents to an instaVaani poll have backed the Start-Up India programme launched last weekend by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said the government would ease regulations and committed Rs.10,000 crore to fund fledgling companies.

Seventy-six per cent of the respondents (333 out of 437 people) to a specific question said they endorsed the initiative. And 72% (230 out of 320 people) said they thought it was a good way to spend taxpayers’ money, although some experts have questioned the government’s use of public funds as venture capital.

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InstaVaani polled 567 respondents across all major metros to get a sense of what public sentiment is on the government’s start-up policy.

As many as 334 of the total respondents (59%) said they were not aware of details of the programme.

PM Modi laid out an action plan for start-up enterprises, proposing self-certification related to nine labour and environment laws and said no government inspectors will visit start-ups in the first three years after their launch. He proposed tax breaks and measures to loosen bureaucratic red tape.

[“source-Livemint”]

PF Money to Fetch More But Rates Cut on Some Savings Schemes

PF Money to Fetch More But Rates Cut on Some Savings Schemes

In some cheer for nearly 5 crore subscribers, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) on Tuesday announced a higher interest rate of 8.8 per cent for this fiscal (2015-16), marginally up from 8.75 per cent in the previous fiscal (2014-15). (Read)

In another move, the government decided to lower the interest rate on some small savings schemes. Accordingly, the interest rate on 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year term deposits, Kisan Vikas Patra and 5-year recurring deposits would be revised lower.

This follows the government’s earlier decision to revise rates of small savings schemes on a quarterly basis starting April 1.

As per current norms, the interest rates of small saving schemes are linked to the yield of government bonds of comparable maturity (with a small mark-up) and are revised once a year.

Under the new norms, in case of 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year term deposits, Kisan Vikas Patra and 5-year recurring deposits, the 25 basis-point mark-up (spread) that these schemes enjoyed has been removed altogether. The interest rate for the April quarter will be notified on March 15.

However, the spread of 25 basis points that long-term instruments, such as the 5-year term deposit, 5-year National Saving Certificates and Public Provident Fund (PPF), currently enjoy over government bonds have been left untouched.

(Read: Interest Rate on NSC, PPF to Fall. Read Why)

Similarly, the spreads on Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, the Senior Citizen Savings Scheme and the Monthly Income Scheme have also been kept unchanged. “The interest rate and spread that these schemes enjoy over the G-sec rate of comparable maturity viz., of 75 bps, 100 bps and 25 bps respectively have been left untouched,” the government said in a statement.

Nearly $137 billion or over Rs 9 lakh crore are currently tied up in small savings schemes.

The government has been under pressure to bring down the small savings rate. Bankers say higher small savings rates prevent them from lowering fixed deposit rates, thus impeding their ability to transmit rate cuts.

[“source-ndtv”]