Reviving private investment can bring 8-9% growth: P K Choudhury
What should the finance minister focus on while formulating Budget 2013-14?
Clarity on the roadmap for goods and services tax is awaited. It would be prudent to avoid the announcement of big-ticket welfare schemes, as these impart inflexibility to the composition of expenditure. Instead, higher infrastructure spending by the government and PSUs is crucial to reduce the supply-side bottlenecks and stimulate growth. Further, public sector banks need to be adequately recapitalised. Overall, fiscal consolidation is crucial to restrain government borrowings and ensure that the private sector does not get crowded out.
How do you rate the performance of UPA over the last four years? Do you think a golden opportunity to introduce reforms has been missed?
The last four years have coincided with a turbulent period globally, which had its impact on the formation and implementation of domestic policies. The governmentís focus on inclusive growth has partly helped to insulate the Indian economy while at the same time setting the groundwork for the improvement of various social sector outcomes. Recent steps to address regulatory issues regarding allocation of natural resources, reforms measures particularly on foreign direct investment and diesel pricing as well as the rollout of the Beneficiary Transfer Scheme, would have far reaching implications
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