The Union Budget is an exercise outlining fiscal policy and it lays down the blueprint of the government’s plans on using public resources to meet policy goals in the coming year. Considering the importance of the document it is imperative that the common man is brought into the conversations around the Budget and a platform is created where he can access viewpoints surrounding the matter. ABP provides such a platform that reaches out to the masses and gives voice to their opinions and concerns. The proposed Roundtable aims to leverage this platform to stimulate discussions on the upcoming Budget, which has gained a special place in India’s economic history after it was decided to be presented a month in advance and merged along with the Railway Budget in a stark departure from the colonial-era tradition of presenting the Budget on the last working day of February separately from the Railway Budget. The upcoming Budget also holds public interest, as it will present the government’s tax plans under the recently passed GST Bill in the post-demonetization era. The Roundtable will provide a common platform to viewpoints of the corporate sector and the expectations of the common man from the Budget.

Networking Breakfast & Registration

Welcome Remarks by Amit Kapoor, Honorary Chairman, Institute for Competitiveness, India

Opening Key Note by

Bibek Debroy (NITI) / Amitabh Kant (NITI) / Sajjan Jindal (Jindal) / Pramod Saxena (Oxigen) / Arvind Virmani (Former, CEA)

Panel discussion on ‘Opinions and Deliberations by Manufacturing Sector Enterprises’

Which areas should the government focus on to revive the underperforming manufacturing sector in India? How will GST impact Indian manufacturing and how should the Budget address its implementation throughout the country?

  • Sheshagiri Rao, CEO, JSW Steel
  • Bhaskar Iyer, Abbott India
  • Lalit Gupta, MD & CEO, Essar Oil
  • Annaswamy Vaideesh, GSK

Panel discussion on ‘Opinions and Deliberations by Service Sector Enterprises’

What are the challenges faced by the key driver of Indian economic growth? What incentives can be given to the sector to further boost its growth? What are the industry expectations from the Budget?

  • Gopal Vittal, Airtel
  • Sanjiv Navangul, Daljeet Singh, Healthcare (Fortis / Max), Johnson & Johnson
  • IT- Mohandas Pai/ Kiran Karnik/ Vineet Nayar
  • Himanshu Jain, Sealed Air
  • Amit Shah, Pramod Saxena – Banking & Digital Money

Panel discussion on ‘Opinions and Deliberations by Agri, Dairy and Farm Equipment Enterprises’

How does the agricultural sector see its growth trajectory after a good monsoon season? What is the expected government support from the upcoming Budget?

  • Siva Nagarajan, CEO, Mother Dairy
  • Siraj Chaudhary, Cargill
  • Aseem Soni, Modern Food Enterprises
  • Vivek Gambhir, Godrej Consumer Products

Panel discussion on ‘Common Man Dreams and Expectations’

• Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, LokSabha
• Umesh Anand, Editor, Civil Society
• Sameer Saran, Vice President, Observers Research Foundation
• Randeep Surjewala, Member, Indian National Congress

Closing Keynote



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