Will alter policies to push growth: PM
Throwing his weight behind some of the government’s recent reform measures, including the much-debated decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail, Singh promised to allay concerns raised by the industry on the general anti-avoidance rules (GAAR) and on issues relating to the taxation of the information technology sector.
In an address to industry leaders at FICCI’s annual general meeting here, Singh accorded high priority to the finalisation of the direct taxes code (DTC) and the goods and services tax (GST) measures.
Admitting that a year or two of “excessive pessimism at home” has hurt the growth process, he said: “We are today seized of the need to step up investment and savings rates commensurate with the requirements of 8-9 per cent GDP growth in the Twelfth Five Year Plan... The steps that we have taken recently are only the beginning of a process to revive our economy and take it back to its trend growth rate of 8 to 9 per cent.”
Justifying the government’s decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail, Singh said that those opposing the move are “either ignorant of global realities or are constrained by out-dated ideologies. For example, when I hear the debate on foreign direct investment in retail, what I hear are arguments against large-scale organised
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