MUMBAI--Calling Make in India as the biggest brand ever created in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday promised investors a predictable and transparent taxation regime and simplified licensing and clearance processes.
"We will not resort to retrospective taxation; we are making our tax regime transparent, stable and predictable," he said.
"We are also simplifying processes like licences, security and environmental clearances," said Modi, while addressing heads of state, a battery of business leaders and foreign delegates at the launch of 'Make In India Week'.
"This (Make In India) brand has captured imagination of institutions, industry, individuals and media....It reflects our collective desire and is forcing us to make corrections and increase efficiency.
"India is one of the most open countries for FDI," Modi said, adding that FDI inflows have gone up by 48 per cent since this government came to power in May 2014.
"We want to make India a global manufacturing hub," he said, adding there is an all-round emphasis on 'ease of doing business' now.
"India is blessed with 3 'Ds', Democracy, Demography and Demand, to this we have added another D, Deregulation," the PM said.
Changes are taking place at state level too and there is healthy competition among states in ease of doing business and boosting infrastructural linkages, he said.
"In 2014-15, India contributed 12.5 per cent to global growth. Its contribution to global growth is 68 per cent higher than its share of world economy," he said.
"India has consistently been ranked as the most attractive investment destination by several global agencies and institutions. Our young entrepreneurs are showing us newer and faster ways for enterprise and delivery and my government is committed to support them.
"My friendly advice to industrialists : Don't wait. Don't relax. There are immense opportunities in India," he said.
The Make in India Week is aimed at attracting investments into the manufacturing sector and showcasing success stories at a specially-created venue at the BKC business district in Central Mumbai.
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