7 out of 10! This is Nirmal Jain's rating for Union Budget 2018
Re-introduction of long-term capital gains (LTCG) on equities should not be seen in a negative light, said Nirmal Jain, Founder & Chairman, IIFL Group- FCA, ICWA.
In an interview with Zee Business, Jain said: We should also take into account the increase in investment in infrastructure and social activities that happens on ground level.
These investments help in strengthening the economy as well as the nation, he said.
Jain rated the Budget at 7.5 on a scale of 10.
For Jain, the only dissatisfying point is the presence of Securities Transaction Tax (STT) and LTCG at the same time.
"The government should have removed STT, as it was introduced in lieu of LTCG. Levying both the taxes at the same time will hit the liquidity in the market.
"Singapore is planning to introduce stock futures. Trading on stock futures of Singapore will not pull any LTCG or STT. This will make several FIIs trade over there, and not in India," he explained.
He also said that breaching the fiscal deficit target of 3.2 per cent for FY18 will disappoint people.