Source: News Bharati English23 Jan 2017 16:20:14

New Delhi, January 23: Demonetisation drive has hit harder too many people but common man has backed it for the good purpose of saving the nation from black money. This decision of demonetisation proved a ‘surprise’ attack on people with illegal source of money, it also affected to the small and medium enterprises that were not prepared. In the joint study conducted by The Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India ASSOCHAM in collaboration with Bizcon Survey it said that demonetization will affect small and medium enterprises.
Demonetisation of high value currency notes would leave quite a negative impact on small and medium enterprises, rural consumption and job creation in the immediate run while the large and well organised sectors of the corporate India stand to benefit in the long term horizon, the latest ASSOCHAM Bizcon Survey pointed out. 

While 81.5 per cent of the respondents felt the SMEs have been hit and would still suffer the lingering effect for one more quarter, an equal number said for large enterprises, the unprecedented measure of note ban the impact would be positive.

However, at a holistic level, a large number of respondents felt that the impact could be seen in sales volume declining in the last quarter of the current financial year. Same holds good for the order book position with investment graph not showing much of an uptick for the January-March quarter, retaining almost similar stance as in the previous quarter. 

Even as easing of prices in vegetables and some other crops is also attributed to incidents of distress sale in the backdrop of cash scarcity, the Bizcon Survey found that 92 per cent of the respondents said the demonetization would have a positive impact on inflation.

The survey does throw some paradox as well. While it said the note ban would lead to better outlook in the long run, over 66 per cent of the responses pointed towards negative on investment, linked to issues like subdued consumer confidence and demand , particularly in the rural landscape.

“When the economy is in a state of flux, it is quite a challenge to get the real picture on the ground.  Even though our survey does point towards some level of stress, the jury is still out and it would be quite a while before one can say with complete certainty whether or not the currency jerk was good or bad for the economy. For the present, the impact is seen on certain sectors, while others escaped. Hopefully, things would get normalized sooner than later with the Budget being seen as a big trigger,” said ASSOCHAM Secretary General Mr D S Rawat.

With regard to sectoral impact of demonetization, majority of industry feels that agriculture, cement, fertilizers, automobile, textiles, real estate and retail will have negative impact while power, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, IT and electronics and infrastructure will have positive impact.

Some other important measures suggested by respondents to revive industrial growth are reducing cost of borrowing, contain trade deficit, SME Promotion, transparency in decision making, time bound settlement of issues, continued monitoring plan for implementation of projects, tax reforms for indirect taxes and lowering of income tax rate, land reform, law & legal reform and labour law reform.