New Delhi: Dismissing fears of a slowdown, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said India’s growth drivers are intact and the government is committed to policy reforms.
“Though there is some slowdown in industrial growth, partly due to the base effect from the previous year, the growth drivers of the Indian economy remain broadly intact,” Mukherjee said at a seminar organized by his ministry and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Factory output slowed down to 6.3% (vis-a-vis a 2004-05 base) in April, 2011, from 13.1% in the corresponding month of the previous year.
Mukherjee said the medium-term growth prospects for the economy remain buoyant.
“I am confident that we are in a position to sustain high economic growth in the coming years and create a more inclusive outcome of our society,” he said.
India aims to grow at 9 to 9.5% during the XIIth Five-Year Plan, starting April, 2012.
“It would imply raising the average growth rate by at least one percentage point from 8.2%, likely to be realized in the XIth Plan,” he said.
Mukherjee further said that the government was committed to policy reforms.
“Major steps have been taken to simplify and place the administrative procedures concerning taxation, trade and traffic and social transfers on electronic interface, free of discretion and bureaucratic delays,” he said.
The Direct Taxes Code (DTC) is scheduled to become operational from 1 April 2012, while a constitutional amendment bill on Goods and Services Tax (GST) was introduced in Parliament earlier this year.