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NASSCOM Public Policy Monthly Newsletter : July 2020

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  Policy Submissions/Representations to the Government   Industry Meeting with the Union Finance Minister NASSCOM organised a meeting on 4 June 2020 with Finance Minister to highlight the industry’s phenomenal effort in enabling a mass transition to Work from Home (WFH), resulting in almost 80-90% employees today working remotely to ensure business continuity. During the meeting, industry participants discussed the focus on tapping opportunities in attracting global IT-ITeS business due to the re-alignment of global supply chains. The discussion, among other things, extended to the industry’s concerns surrounding an extension of income tax holiday under tax laws, issues relating to goods and services tax (GST) (including interpretation of ITeS as Intermediary), labour refo...

NASSCOM Public Policy Monthly Newsletter : June 2020

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  COVID-19: GOVERNMENT ADVISORIES AND OTHER ESSENTIAL INFORMATION All information relating to NASSCOM’s engagement with the Government is available on the NASSCOM Community Page under ‘Policy Advocacy’. Latest advisories from the Central Government and State Governments including information on availing State passes for movement of goods are available on NASSCOM’s Covid19 Advisories Dashboard In Focus – Covid-19 Relief Measures Covid-19 Related Policy Updates   EPFO: Reduction in PF contribution rates announced by Govt In a move to aimed at enhancing liquidity for employees, and providing relief to employers in light of the disruption caused by Covid-19, the Government notified a reduction in the statutory contribution rate for Employee’s Provident ...

NASSCOM Public Policy – Monthly Newsletter

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The monthly newsletters of the Public Policy team of NASSCOM are archived here (links below). These newsletters provide a snapshot of the important policy advocacy efforts made by NASSCOM during the month. Broadly, they provide details on the key issues raised with the governments, the consultations held with the industry and the policy engagements planned for the subsequent month. January 2020 : Available here February 2020 : Available here March 2020 : Available here April 2020 : Available here May 2020 : Available here June 2020 : Available here

NASSCOM Public Policy Monthly Newsletter : May 2020

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In Focus COVID-19: GOVERNMENT ADVISORIES AND OTHER ESSENTIAL INFORMATION All information relating to NASSCOM’s engagement with the Government are available on the NASSCOM Community Page under ‘Policy Advocacy.’ Latest advisories from the Central Government and State Governments including information on availing State passes for movement of goods are available on NASSCOM’s Covid19 Advisories Dashboard Work from Home: Flexibility to use dynamic IPs in VPNs accepted by DOT, other relaxations extended Department of Telecommunications (DoT), vide notification (No.18.5/2015-CS-I) dated April 15, 2020, has further relaxed terms and conditions related to work from home. DoT has now made it flexible for Other Service Providers (OSPs) to use static IP or dynamic IP pool for t...

NASSCOM Public Policy Monthly Newsletter : April 2020

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In Focus Covid-19: Government advisories and information on State Passes for IT-ITeS and E-commerce companies In the wake of the Covid19 outbreak in India, NASSCOM has been liaising with various Govt. Departments, State Governments and Ministries of the Government of India, keeping safety, outbreak mitigation and business continuity for the industry as a priority. All information relating to NASSCOM’s engagement efforts with the Government are available on the NASSCOM Community Page under the tag ‘Policy Advocacy.’ Latest advisories from the Central Government and State Governments including information on availing State passes for movement of goods are available on NASSCOM’s Covid19 Advisories Dashboard. DoT eases the regulatory restriction related to Work from Hom...

NASSCOM Public Policy Monthly Newsletter : March 2020

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In Focus NASSCOM-DSCI joint representation on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 NASSCOM and DSCI submitted their joint representation on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 (PDP Bill) before the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) chaired by Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, MP. The submission benefited greatly from the active participation and engagement with our members in the course of Consultation Series conducted by NASSCOM and DSCI, and the feedback received on the provisions of PDP Bill. Read More NASSCOM’s analysis of the Union Budget 2020-21 NASSCOM closely tracked and analysed the Union Budget 2020-21 presented by the Hon’ble Finance Minister on 3 February 2020. Post the presentation of Union Budget 2020-21, NASSCOM made a representation to the Minister for Communications, El...

NASSCOM Public Policy Monthly Newsletter : February 2020

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In Focus NASSCOM Industry Consultation Paper on the Customs Moratorium on Electronic Transmissions The debate around the customs moratorium on electronic transmissions (also called the e-commerce moratorium) has lingered on through the course of several WTO ministerial conferences. What was initially meant to be a “temporary moratorium” has now been in place for over 20 years, being rolled over biennially at successive ministerial conferences. Last year, India and South Africa raised questions over the costs and benefits of the extant moratorium, as the US and the EU continued to push for a permanent moratorium. With global digital trade having increased by leaps and bounds since the Geneva Ministerial Declaration of 1998, there is a certain sense of urgency towards resolving t...

NASSCOM Public Policy Monthly Newsletter : January 2020

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  In Focus NASSCOM Pre-Budget Memorandum NASSCOM recently shared its Pre-Budget Memorandum with the Ministry of Finance at the first Pre-Budget Consultation with representatives of Digital Economy, Fintech and Start-Ups on December 16th, 2019. The meeting was attended by Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur, Finance Secretary Rajeev Kumar, Secretary of Economic Affairs Atanu Chakraborty, Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey and Secretary at the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Ajay Prakash Sawhney. The Memorandum, which has been prepared based on inputs received from our members, targets increased competitiveness and growth as the key outcomes. Specific submissions in the Memorandum have been made on themes of export promotion, incentivi...