Moderation In India’s Growth Coincides With Global Situation: Anurag Thakur
The moderation in India's growth coincides with a deceleration in global output, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur said in Lok Sabha.
Thakur said India's growth trajectory over the period 2014-15 to 2018-19 is characterised by macroeconomic stability with real gross domestic product growth averaging 7.4 percent.
"The moderation in India's growth coincides with a deceleration in growth of global output, as estimated by the International Monetary Fund, in recent years," he said replying a question of Congress Member of Parliament Abdul Khaleque and The All India Trinamool Congress' Saugata Roy.
Thakur said the IMF has projected India's GDP growth to pick up to 5.8 percent in 2020.
The Economic Survey 2020 has also projected a pick-up in India's growth in the range of 6 percent to 6.5 percent in 2020-21.
The RBI's sixth bi-monthly monetary policy statement, 2019-20 has also projected GDP growth of 6 percent for 2020-21.
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Thakur said as per the National Statistical Office's first advance estimates of national income, 2019-20, India's real GDP is estimated to grow at 5 percent in 2019-20.
He said the World Economic Outlook Update (January 2020) published by the IMF has revised India's GDP growth rate to 4.8 percent in 2019.
This revision in growth may not cause any stress in the non-banking financial companies sector as they are well capitalised, he said.
The minister said the government has implemented several major structural reforms in recent years to bolster investment and growth.
These include Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code to strengthen the financial system, Goods and Services Tax to simplify the indirect taxation regime, Make-in-India programme to boost domestic manufacturing capacity, liberalisation of foreign direct investment (FDI) and Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile trinity towards greater transparency, efficiency and financial inclusion, he said.
Thakur also said recently, the corporate tax rate has been cut to 15 percent for new domestic manufacturing companies, which is amongst the lowest in the world.
In December 2019, he said, the government has announced the Rs 103 lakh crore National Infrastructure Pipeline which would significantly boost infrastructure and spur growth impulses in the economy.