India needs to become competitive in infrastructure, tax policy: Jaitley

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March 21, 2015

Gurgaon: Advocating the easing of entry barriers for global corporations, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday that India needs to become globally competitive from infrastructure to taxation.

A file photo of finance minister Arun Jaitley. Photo: AP

March 21, 2015

Gurgaon: Advocating the easing of entry barriers for global corporations, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday that India needs to become globally competitive from infrastructure to taxation.

A file photo of finance minister Arun Jaitley. Photo: AP

In his convocation address at the Management Development Institute (MDI) here he underlined the need for relaxing norms for entry of multinational corporations to promote growth. “We have to make the entry point into India easier for large global corporations to grow, for large Indian corporations to become global, we have to ease the process of doing business,” Jaitley said.

The minister stressed on the “ease of doing business, the stability of policy, the maturity of political decision makers, the maturity of political process in reaching the correct decision rather than creating hurdles. From our infrastructure to taxation, we have to become globally competitive”.

Jaitley said that high economic growth was necessary to create jobs and raise resources of the government to eradicate poverty. “Best response to poverty eradication is high growth rate. Sluggish economy cannot eradicate poverty. They can only distribute poverty,” he said.

The economy is likely to grow at 7.4% in the current fiscal year and is expected to accelerate to 8-8.5% in the next fiscal year starting 1 April.

Jaitley, in his budget speech, had announced a host of steps to boost growth and improve the ease of doing business. The NDA government had earlier relaxed foreign investment norms in various sectors including insurance and defence. Parliament recently passed the insurance bill raising the foreign investment limit in the sector from 26% to 49%.

India, Jaitley said, does not need a “sluggish but active economy, a profitable economy where the revenues of the government are so large that it can actually bring up the standard of living of poor”. “The best response to poverty eradication is high growth rate. It enables the state to pull up (the standard of living of) the poor. It enables a state to have sufficient resources to feed the poor,” he said.


Courtesy: PTI