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Increasing manufacturing, gross sales throughout festive season our focus proper now, says SIAM

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NEW DELHI: The auto sector’s precedence proper now could be to combat coronavirus and enhance manufacturing and gross sales to cater to the festive season demand, whereas different necessary issues like discount in GST fee on two-wheelers may very well be taken up at a later stage, trade physique SIAM stated on Friday. “Right now, nationally and globally everybody is fighting the coronavirus. We will have to collaborate and integrate our effort to fight this pandemic. It is the priority right now,” Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) President Kenichi Ayukawa instructed reporters.

He was responding to a question if the trade physique has made one other try within the hope of convincing the federal government to chop the GST fee on two-wheelers.

In August, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had stated two-wheelers had been neither a luxurious nor sin items and so advantage a GST revision.

But within the August 27 GST Council assembly, nothing materialised and the tax fee remained the identical.

Two-wheelers appeal to 28 per cent GST and the two-wheeler trade has been demanding to cut back it to 18 per cent.

Ayukawa stated the precedence for the trade proper now was to extend manufacturing and gross sales within the festive season whereas assembly COVID-19 associated security protocols.

“So our focus is on that right now,” he famous.

On gross sales forecast, he stated as a consequence of coronavirus no one had a transparent reply to that query.

“Need to see what happens after the festive season. We are hoping for a sustained demand going ahead,” Ayukawa stated.

When requested about attaining 50 lakh gross sales goal for passenger automobiles he stated “that is our industry dream”.

“Under the current situation we have to focus on reality and how we can fight this pandemic. This is very important. I guess we will have to once again plan how to achieve volumes of 5 million, 7 million or 10 million,” Ayukawa stated.

On enhanced stock ranges at sellers, he stated it’s the common train of accelerating the inventory at sellers earlier than the festive season.

Ayukawa famous that rural demand has been good and now with festive season approaching the city areas had been additionally coming again.

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