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New India is possible only with big reforms, big infra and big talent: PM

The government’s proactive steps have led to a situation where India has been hailed as a “bright spot” amid the current global turmoil by experts and agencies, he said.

New India is possible only with big reforms, big infra and big talent: PM
Delivering the inaugural speech virtually at the three-day 'Invest Karnataka 2022' event, Modi pitched the state as a key investment destination.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said his government has rolled out the “red carpet” for investors, instead of pushing them into the “web of red tape”. Building a new India is possible only with “bold reforms, big infrastructure, and best talent”, he added.

The government’s proactive steps have led to a situation where India has been hailed as a “bright spot” amid the current global turmoil by experts and agencies, he said. Foreign direct investment inflows into the country hit a record $84 billion in FY22. “This is an achievement amid the pandemic and war-related situations across the globe,” Modi said.

Delivering the inaugural speech virtually at the three-day ‘Invest Karnataka 2022’ event, Modi pitched the state as a key investment destination. The state, he said, also has the power of the “double engine” (the same party in the government at both the state and Centre).

“This may be the time of global crisis, but experts across the world, analysts and those with knowledge of the economy, are calling India a bright spot,” Modi said. “The free trade deals that we have done in recent times, shows the world our preparedness,” the Prime Minister added.

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Given the external headwinds, the International Monetary Fund recently slashed its FY23 growth projection for India by 60 basis points from its July forecast to 6.8% but it retained its FY24 forecast for the country at 6.1%. Despite the revision, India’s growth rates for this fiscal and the next would still be way above the agency’s projected global economic expansion rates of 3.2% and 2.7%, respectively.

Instead of just making new laws and adding to investor confusion, the government rationalised things. “Instead of running the business ourselves, we prepared the ground for others to come forward to do business. We allowed youth to increase their capability,” he said.

The development of an inclusive, democratic and strong India will lend pace to the world’s progress, he said. “Investment in India means – investment in inclusion, investment in democracy, and invest for a better, cleaner and safer planet,” he said.

Talking about the prospects in Karnataka, the Prime Minister said the state houses offices of about 400 of the “Fortune 500” companies. It’s home to more than 40 of the 100-odd unicorns in the country.

India an island of calm amid global turmoil: FM

The fundamentals of the Indian economy are better than most others amid the current global crisis and the country is being seen as a “an island of certain level of calm”, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the same event in Karnataka, Sitharaman said: “There is a global situation of war, especially in countries which are a source of raw materials, whether it is fuel, fertilisers or food-related raw materials. While this is causing a lot of insecurity in the world and while the challenges continue, India is being seen as an island of certain level of calm.”

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First published on: 03-11-2022 at 02:00 IST