New Delhi: Ahead of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s bi-monthly monetary policy review, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said India’s economy has become “stronger" and the government is trying to bridge the gaps, wherever there are any, to keep up the growth momentum.

Asked about government’s expectation from the RBI, Jaitley refused to make any direct comment but said the government is trying to improve the health of the banks so that they can support the “growth" of the economy.

Jaitley will meet with the chief executive officer of public sector banks on Monday to discuss the key challenges facing the banking sector, including growing non-performing assets.

The finance minister said the government has sufficiently empowered the banks to recover their dues but added that they will have to maintain their credit lending facility so that lending for growth continues.

“It’s an important function of RBI. We do not comment on it before RBI announces policy," Jaitley said when asked about his expectation from the central bank’s monetary policy review that is scheduled for Tuesday.

At the same time, he said, “Of course the economy is becoming stronger and wherever the gaps are, our effort now is to bridge them and achieve further growth."

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