Reforms key to push economy to high growth: FM

Reforms key to push economy to high growth: FM
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First Published: Tue, Aug 25 2009. 11 36 AM IST
Updated: Tue, Aug 25 2009. 11 36 AM IST
New Delhi: Economic reforms are needed to steer the Indian economy to a 9% growth path, while the immediate challenge is to tackle poor monsoon rains, Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday.
The economy will grow at around 6% in the current financial year that began in April 2009, he told a gathering at an event organised by channel ET Now.
“Mitigating the impact of the deficient monsoon and the rural economy is a high priority,” he said.
Growth has fallen sharply to 6.7% in 2007-08 from rates of around 9% seen in recent years as the global financial crisis hit exports and dented consumer confidence.
On reforms, Mukherjee said the government was moving ahead with setting up an autonomous debt management office and all efforts were being made to implement a goods and services tax from next year.
The new tax reform bill will be presented in Parliament after public debate and the government would soon introduce repos in the corporate debt market.
Presently, only repos in the government bond market are allowed.
Mukherjee declined to mention a timeframe by when these reforms, which have been mentioned earlier by government officials, would be implemented.
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More Topics: Reforms | Growth | GDP | Monsoon | Indian economy |