Equitable average growth of 7 pct to be miracle for India: Bill Gates

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New Delhi | Published: November 16, 2017 10:23:40 PM

Microsoft founder Bill Gates today said if India can achieve a 7 per cent average growth rate over the next 20 years and do that in equitable way then it will be a remarkable achievement for the country.

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates today said if India can achieve a 7 per cent average growth rate over the next 20 years and do that in equitable way then it will be a remarkable achievement for the country. Gates further said that getting the Goods and Services Tax (GST) passed was a step in positive direction. “If India over the next 20 years can achieve a 7 per cent average growth and do that in equitable way that’s a miracle for the country and the world,” he said while participating in a panel discussion organised by Observer Research Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates foundation.

Gates, also expressed hope that as India’s tax-GDP ratio is likely to increase, so government will have extra resources to spend on health, education and nutrition. The billionaire, however, lamented that philanthropy in US is 2 per cent of overall economic activity but it is less than 0.2 per cent in India.

Speaking at the same event, Principal Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance Sanjeev Sanyal said that the government should spend more on health and education. “Hopefully with growing economy, we will get more tax money for more expenditure on health and education,” Sanyal said.

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