RBI: donít hurry convertibility
This is way off the schedule suggested by the Tarapore Committee on fuller capital account convertibility and far beyond the end-December 2008 deadline suggested by the Percy Mistry report to make Mumbai an international financial centre (IFC).
The RBI, in its feedback on the Mumbai IFC report, has suggested a more cautious timetable. The feedback is part of the wider consultation process begun by the finance ministry to develop a plan to make Mumbai an IFC.
While the apex bank agrees with the recommendations of report, it feels that reaching full capital account convertibility would need a far more gradual approach. Carrying them out in as little as a yearís time may be hurrying the countryís pace of reforms.
Among the ministries that have given their suggestions, commerce & industries has agreed to carry out the Percy Mistry Committee reportís recommendations in their totality. The ministry of urban development has also said it is willing to carry out Mumbaiís urban revamp under its omnibus Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. However, the revenue department has said it will have to carefully consider the tax related proposals at the time of the Budget.
The views of the various ministries will be compiled within a month, after which the government will carry out further deliberations on the recommendations of the report.
The Tarapore Committee, in its 2006 report, recommended
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