The Congress’ President Rahul Gandhi on March 28 said new ventures will not require any regulatory permissions for three years and will get easy access to bank credit if his party is voted to power.
He proposed to remove the existing ‘angel tax’ imposed on start-ups. Angel tax is levied on investment in start-ups. Currently, angel tax is charged at a maximum rate of 30%. Gandhi said promoting domestic industry will be a key priority for the Congress and it will ensure that all new businesses are freed from the clutches of red tape to give a boost to the economy.
“For the first three years of setting up a new business, we are going to free you up from red tape. You will not need to ask for permission for anything.” These proposals, Gandhi said, will be included in the Congress’ manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections which will be released early next month.
“Don’t bother about anything, there is no permission you need. Start your business, get to work,” he said in a bid to woo the youth who intend to start their own businesses. “We’ve said that we will remove the draconian and ill-conceived angel tax. I’ve made that commitment and it’s going to be done,” Gandhi said.
Gandhi said this “powerful idea” came after he held discussions with several entrepreneurs, during which they stressed that their biggest problem was getting all kinds of permissions from different agencies before starting their enterprises.
The entrepreneurs said different agencies ask lots of questions and bribes, and hence “we said, we believe in you; we trust you, and so for the first three years of setting up a new business, we are going to free you up from the red tape”.
“Why should only Nirav Modi get thousands of crores? How many jobs has he created in India? Why can’t a youngster who wants to start a business, who wants to give India 2,000 jobs, get a bank loan,” he asked.
Former finance minister P Chidambaram heads the party’s manifesto committee that is giving final touches to the manifesto. The panel has held several rounds of consultations in at least 150 locations across the country in the last several months in the run-up to polls.