BANGALORE, INDIA: India has seen good mobile penetration in the past few years.Â
According to recent reports, India is purported to overtake China to become the world’s largest mobile telecommunications market by 2013 and the total mobile subscriber base would be a colossal 1.159 billion.Â There are over 100 handset manufactures in India.
Finance minister P Chidambaram today levied 1-6 pc duty on phones worth more than Rs 2000. It means that the handset cost will go up.
Budget 2013 is the roadmap to revive country’s growth and P Chidambaram in clear terms stated that cutting expenditure is not the sole answer for fiscal consolidation. “Whenever and wherever necessary, revenues need to be augmented,” he said.
As expected, luxury imported items will cost more. The finance minister has also levied a surcharge of 5-10 pc on domestic companies whose income exceeds Rs 10 crore.