COVID-19 impact on Fixed Deposit schemes and its safety considerations

A 75 basis points cut in the repo in March 2020, banks have started reducing the interest rate on their fixed deposits (FDs). The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the economy would be severe and that banks will continue to reduce interest rates in the near term. The RBI will make sure liquidity remains high and interest rates are low so that it can push the economy up after the lockdown is over. Experts are of the opinion that due to COVID-19 Lockdown the assets of many small private financial institutions and co-operative banks will turn into non-performing and therefore it is essential to take case of your Fixed Deposits considering the following points. Interest shall go down but offer assured return and safety With loans being priced at low interest rates due to the linking with the repo rate, it becomes difficult for banks to continue paying higher interest rates on fixed deposits to investors. So, fixed deposit interest rates will come down further because of lower loan rates of repo-inked schemes. But at the same time the deposits offer assured returns and capital safety in the present market conditions. Deposit for shorter Tenure Although interest rates across tenures are […]

Top national events that shaped India in Financial Year 2019-20

We have seen the major outbreak during FY 2018-19 was Pulwama Attack on 14th February 2019 and on retaliation Indian Airforce has carried Balakot Airstrike crossing the Line of Control directed against a terrorist training camp on 26th March 2019. Apart from this we have also seen Kerala Floods During FY 2019-20 we have seen set back for Indian Politics where we have seen the demise of our veteran personality viz. George Fernandes, Manohar Parrikar, Sheila Dikshit, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley & Ram Jethmalani. Apart from this the major events during Financial Year 2019-20 that has been compiled by the undersigned are: April 11, 2019 – Voting for the 2019 Indian general electionbegan April 17, 2019 – Jet Airways suspended all flight operations, due to lenders rejecting Rs 4 billion of emergency funding and its membership in the IATA was suspended. On 17 June, after getting no acceptable offers from Etihad Airwaysand Hinduja Group, lenders to Jet Airways decided to refer the company to National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for insolvency proceedings with debt of $1.2 billion. May 3, 2019 – Cyclone Faniarrives on the coast of Odisha May 23, 2019 – Counting and declaration of results for the 2019 Indian general election. Narendra Modisecures landslide victory. May 24, 2019 – Surat Fire Tragedy; […]

CBDT explores 10 ways to FORCE not coerce yet enhance the collection of Taxes to combat loss due to COVID-19 pandemic.

With a view to bring the economy back on track from the Lockdown, which is set to continue till 3rd May unless extended further due to the CORONA pandemic, the CBDT (administrative body of Income Tax) examines 10 ways to accelerate tax collection to support economy. The options were a result of collective suggestion sought and obtained from IRS and field officers referred as “FORCE” which stands for Fiscal Options & Response to the COVID-19 Epidemic The officers smells at higher instances of non-filing of returns, increase in non-deduction of tax deductible at source (TDS)/withholding the deducted tax and cases of under-reporting the tax liabilities through bogus loss claims in future which is likely to impact fiscal collection for 2020-21. They want the relief measures to be restricted to honest compliant taxpayers, especially those filing returns accordingly proposes the following short/medium measures. Reintroduction of the Inheritance Tax What could surprise many, the team has proposed recalling of the inheritance taxes that was abolished way back in 1985. The team backs their suggestion based on the wisdom of some developed counties where it is levied with rates as high as 55 percent. COVID relief cess At present, the government levies a […]

Under PM-KISAN Scheme Rs. 17,793 crores released for 8.89 crore farmer families during the lockdown About 19.50 crores households to be distributed pulses under PMGKY

Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Government of India is taking several measures to facilitate the farmers and farming activities at field level during the lockdown period. The updated status is given below: Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) Scheme during the lockdown period from 24.3.2020 till date, about 8.89 crore farmer families have been benefitted and an amount of Rs. 17,793 crore has been released so far. In order to provide food security during the prevailing situation due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has decided to distribute pulses to the eligible households under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PM-GKY). About 107,077.85 MT pulses have so far been issued to the States/UTs.   Under PMGKY, the States/UTs namely A&N, Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Daman & Diu, Goa, Gujarat have commenced the distribution of pulses to the beneficiaries. Other States like Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi have received the partial stock and will commence the distribution to the beneficiaries in phased manner as per their plan. The distribution of pulses under PMGKY is to benefit around 19.50 crore household  spread across 36 States and Union territories. Source

Sailing through a CORONA Crisis: Reorient Goals & Re-organise within

Dear Friends, Colleagues, Clients, Patrons, As I pen this my article, the second one this month, there is a deep sense of acknowledgement from the Industry in India as well outside that the #COVID-19 infections will not fade away anytime soon, more so with the Government decision to extend the lockdown to May 03, 2020. There is also further apprehension that  a full fledge operation for business entities (except those recently notified) is unlikely in next few months which means the Industry as whole will lose their Q-1 fortune for Fiscal 2020-21. This is even though Government leaders at all levels are trying their level best and making the best of the decisions they can based on statistics, and lessons from other regions and countries with perusal wisdom. With a dense population, strangled migrant labour and struggling economy, there is also this fear that a continued lockdown and consequential revenue loss to all may do more damage than good with increased unemployment, job losses with  panic and hunger all around. The Government having realised that a full lockdown for longer time may not fetch the desired outcome, seems to have taked a middle path of opening the economy and at […]